I’m interested in the Enchanted Hearts Diamonds (see below) and am hoping that you can help me decide which of them is better, the specifications seem pretty similar to me, and both diamonds exhibit nice patterns of hearts. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and notice that you write about Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows diamonds a lot, but the 1.81 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, BGD Signature diamond is several thousand dollars more expensive — is it really worth it? Obviously, I can see that the hearts patterns exhibited by the Brian Gavin Signature diamonds are more uniform and crisp, but will this correspond with anything that will be visible to me in the real world?
Notice: this article was written before Enchanted Diamonds declared bankruptcy on June 20, 2019.
I think that it is important to point out that Enchanted Diamonds is not representing this 1.81 carat, I-color, VS-1 clarity, GIA Excellent cut round diamond as a “Hearts and Arrows Diamond” but rather, has simply provided an image of the diamond as seen through a Hearts Scope, thus I don’t think that we should refer these as “Enchanted Hearts Diamonds” simply because Enchanted Diamonds is providing a photograph of the diamond as seen through a hearts scope on the diamond details page, nor do I see any reference to the term “Enchanted Hearts Diamonds” on the diamond details page.
And based upon the lack of consistency in the size and shape of the hearts as represented in the photograph of the diamond featured above, quite frankly I would fry them without mercy if they dared to attempt to market this diamond as a Hearts and Arrows Diamond of any sort, because it is simply a round brilliant cut diamond, with ideal proportions, and an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent, but the “hearts” are not true hearts, because the diamond was not cut to the degree of optical precision required to produce a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows.
The important thing to realize is that not everybody wants or needs a hearts and arrows quality diamond, like the 1.81 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond that you reference, which is easily within the Top 0.001% of the annual production for round brilliant cut diamonds.
The odds are that you will be perfectly happy with this 1.81 carat, I-color, VS-1 clarity, GIA Excellent round from Enchanted Diamonds, which is in the Top 1% of the annual production for rounds! Just look at this Ideal Scope image! Clearly, the diamond looks excellent, there are no signs of major light leakage, which means that it exhibits a high volume of light return, it’s going to sizzle!
The diamond also looks really good in the ASET image, there’s a little bit of a hiccup that is apparent in the four o’clock region of the table facet, which is also visible in the Ideal Scope image if you look for it, but we already know that the diamond isn’t exhibiting the highest level of optical precision, because of the differences in the size and shape of the hearts, but this is pretty typical of ideal cut diamonds that were not specifically cut to be hearts and arrows diamonds, so this shouldn’t really be a surprise.
We’re essentially talking about the difference in performance between a Porsche 911 and one which has been turbocharged, and not everybody wants to pay the premium for the turbo.
And I’m sure you realize that the difference in production quality is reflected in the price of the diamond, the fact of the matter is that it takes about four times longer to polish a diamond to the degree of optical precision required to produce a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows, just as it takes longer to fine tune a high-performance automobile to achieve peak performance, and there is going to be a cost associated with achieving that pinnacle of excellence.
What you really need to know is what to expect from this 1.81 carat, I-color, VS-1 clarity, GIA Excellent cut diamond from Enchanted Diamonds if you decide to buy it, I’d say that the 40.6 degree pavilion angle should provide a high volume of light return, while the 34.5 degree crown angle provides a virtual balance of brilliance (white sparkle) and dispersion (colored sparkle) and the 80% lower girdle facet length is going to produce pin-fire type sparkle, which will be a bit smaller in size, and less intense than the broad spectrum sparkle that the Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds are well known for; but this is largely a matter of personal preference, I have lots of clients who LOVE pin-fire sparkle![separator]
In summary, I think that this 1.81 carat, I-color, VS-1 clarity, GIA 3X cut diamond from Enchanted Diamonds is a great option for somebody who is looking for an ideal cut diamond that offers great visual performance, and who prefers the disco ball look of pin-fire type sparkle, and who doesn’t need or want to pay the premium for a true hearts and arrows diamond, like the 1.81 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond that I’ll be reviewing after I review this 1.83 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, GIA Excellent cut diamond from Enchanted Diamonds.
I hope that you find these Enchanted Diamonds Reviews of interest and that the diamond grading information provided helps you make a better diamond buying decision. Be sure to Search Enchanted Diamonds if you are looking for a diamond engagement ring, they offer a wide selection of diamonds in different cut grades at prices that are extremely competitive. And if you’d like some help finding the best options in terms of visual performance, free to take advantage of my free Diamond Concierge Service, if you would like help finding the diamond of your dreams!
What’s next? Read my review of this 1.83 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, GIA Excellent cut diamond from Enchanted Diamonds.
Todd Gray is a professional diamond buyer with 30+ years of trade experience. He loves to teach people how to buy diamonds that exhibit incredible light performance! In addition to writing for Nice Ice, Todd "ghost writes" blogs and educational content for other diamond sites. When Todd isn't chained to a desk, or consulting for the trade, he enjoys Freediving! (that's like scuba diving, but without air tanks)
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