Category Archives for Diamond FAQ

GIA Excellent vs Very Good Cut (seeing is believing)

GIA Excellent vs Very Good cut diamonds, which should you choose?

People often wonder about the difference between GIA Excellent vs Very Good cut diamonds. Will the difference in light performance be something you can see? Or is the difference between GIA Excellent vs Very Good cut diamonds just a paper thing? This blog post stems from an inquiry that started out pretty simple. Then it […]

Read More

Looking for 1.30 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, round diamond for $12K (or better)

James Allen Diamond Reviews, SKU 1998260 in-depth review

Follow along as we evaluate 4 GIA Excellent cut round diamonds presented by a client. Discover why they don’t meet my selection criteria, and learn why the alternatives I recommended will leave those other ideal cut diamonds in the dust!

Read More

Where to buy 1 carat round diamond, G+ color, VS-1+ to $7.5K

Brian Gavin, AGS #104090535077, Tanya's engagement ring

The hunt for a 1 carat round diamond is on. Follow along as we navigate through the options, exploring the offerings of different vendors and breaking down proportions into understandable concepts.

Read More

Brilliant Earth vs Brilliantly Engaged ($672 difference?!?!)

Brilliant Earth vs Brilliantly Engaged, sku 3904917, GIA 5243871272

Brilliant Earth vs Brilliantly Engaged. Why is one of them charging $672.00 more for the same diamond? Does an in-house certificate of origin justify the higher price? Or can you buy from either diamond with total peace of mind?

Read More