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Welcome to Nice Ice (the Super Ideal Cut Diamond Buying Guide):

Nice Ice® Diamonds has been online since 1996 and is one of the first online diamond education resources. W specialize in the niche of AGS Ideal-0, GIA Excellent, and Super Ideal Hearts & Arrows cut diamonds.

Our mission is to help you buy the most spectacular looking diamonds possible by teaching you what to look for. At the same time, we're going to guide you through the process and show you what to avoid. Click on the button below to take advantage of our free Diamond Concierge Service if you would like help searching for a diamond.

Cherry Picked Ideal Cut Diamonds of the Week:

Brian Gavin Signature

Simply S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G

This 1.403 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature diamond is guaranteed to blow her mind and melt her heart. The proportions are spot-on and the degree of optical precision is outstanding. That means that this diamond will exhibit the highest volume of light return and sparkle factor that is vivid and intense. We're talking jaw-dropping, super spectacular wow factor!

James Allen Sale

Save 25% at James Allen

Save up to 25% on your engagement ring from James Allen for a limited time. James Allen offers one of the largest selections of engagement rings online and this is a great opportunity to Save Big. Let me know if you want help searching for the diamond center stone because I have the back-end access to be able to do so fast and easy with immediate access to the lab reports!

Astor by Blue Nile

Astor by Blue Nile:

This 1.52 carat, G-color, VVS-1 clarity, Astor by Blue Nile diamond is a real show stopper. The diamond has an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent with proportions within my preferred. range. As such, it should. exhibit a high volume of my return in a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. Click here to search Astor by Blue Nile for more options.

How to Buy a Diamond Online:

In the first place, you're going to want to grab a copy of the Nice Ice Blueprint™ because that contains "the secret sauce" that we use to select diamonds for light performance.

You should also read the one minute diamond buying guide because it is a phenomenal tutorial on how to buy a diamond online.

Then, you'll want to read the articles below that explain how to use the reflector scope images we use to judge light performance.

Consequently, the images shown above (on a desktop computer) show a Black by Brian Gavin Diamond as seen through the reflector scopes we use to judge light performance:

It's also important to understand that minor nuances in diamond cut quality can have major impact on light performance. Which is why we recommend asking us to look over the details of any diamond you are considering.

As a matter of fact, we don't care whether you're buying online or from a local jeweler. Which is why you should take advantage of our free Diamond Concierge Service before you buy.

Are Super Ideal Cut Diamonds Worth It?

The ASET Scope images below show three "ideal cut diamonds" with varying degrees of Light Performance. The standard GIA Excellent cut diamond on the left is showing signs of light leakage under the table facet. While the entry level Hearts and Arrows diamond on the right shows traces of secondary brightness under the table facet.

ASET Scope Images Indicating Light Performance for Ideal Cut Diamonds:

GIA Excellent ASET
Brian Gavin ASET
Hearts Arrows ASET

GIA Excellent Cut​

Hearts & Arrows

The Black by Brian Gavin Hearts and Arrows diamond in the middle exhibits the most even distribution of light. To begin with, notice how the light is reflecting more evenly under the table facet. At the same time, the degree of hue and saturation is consistent throughout the entire facet structure.

This means that the diamond is reflecting light evenly because of the higher degree of optical precision. Which means that you will see sparkle which is even more vivid and intense along with higher light return.

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The Best Places to Buy Ideal Cut Diamonds Online (updated for 2020):

Of Course, You Can Save Lots of Time by Letting Us Search for you...

We'll Help You Find the Most Spectacular Looking Diamond (using pro tools and mad skills):

Our trade status gives us direct access to the global diamond database that most sites use to feed their virtual inventory. Which means that we can help you find the most stunning diamond faster and easier.

Plus, we know exactly what we're looking for. So, we can whip through those diamond details pages and separate the wheat from the chaff at light speed.

So, you can stop wasting your time searching for diamonds one website at a time. We've got you covered. Click on the blue button below to get started. This service is free to consumers under the terms of our material connection disclosure.

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