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    Blue Nile Diamond Review, Top 3/4 carat Choices!

    In an effort to help a client navigate the deep waters of Blue Nile to find a nice three quarter carat diamond, I fine tuned the parameters of their diamond search engine and pulled a few options out of the deep blue beyond.  All of the diamonds selected meet the initial “by the numbers” phase of the selection criteria for Nice Ice and have an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent which is the highest rating available from the GIA.

    Note: Blue Nile changed the format of how deep links were created when they switched their affiliate network from GAN to CJ, and thus the original links to the following diamonds were broken and have been replaced with links directed to their diamond search engine, which is fine since these options have probably sold by now. Please use my free Diamond Concierge Service if you would like me to help you find the best options currently available, but the information that can be obtained by reading the article is still applicable even if the diamond details pages can not be accessed.

    This 0.75 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, round brilliant cut diamond offered by Blue Nile is graded by the GIA as having a total depth of 61.3% with a table diameter of 56% and a crown angle of 34.5 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.6 degrees with a medium, faceted girdle and no culet.  According to the GIA the primary inclusions consist of feathers which should be relatively minor in a VS-2 clarity diamond.  This diamond is not part of the Blue Nile Signature Diamond collection and thus is not accompanied by a GCAL report so we don’t have an indication of the optical symmetry of the diamond, but the light return of the diamond should be good.  If I were purchasing the diamond, I would buy it loose and I would take a look at it while unmounted through an ASET Scope, Ideal Scope and a Hearts and Arrows viewer to determine the optical symmetry of the diamond.

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    This 0.76 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, Signature Round Brilliant Cut Diamond from Blue Nile is graded by the GIA as having a total depth of 61.6% with a table diameter of 55% and a crown angle of 34.5 degrees offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and no culet.  This combination of proportions is well known for producing top notch light return and the inclusions are listed as crystals and feathers so we’re in good shape there… the images of hearts and arrows provided on the GCAL brilliance report are not bad, they’re not perfect, but they are better than most of the images I see for Blue Nile Signature Diamonds so I’m pretty happy with it.  The diamond should exhibit a nice balance of brilliance (white sparkle) and dispersion (colored sparkle) and scintillation.

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    This 0.77 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, Signature Round Brilliant Cut Diamond from Blue Nile is graded by the GIA as having a total depth of 61.3% with a table diameter of 56% with a crown angle of 34.5 degrees and a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and no culet.  According to the GIA, the primary inclusions are crystals.

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    This 0.80 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, Signature Round Brilliant Cut Diamond from Blue Nile is graded by the GIA as having a total depth of 61.7% with a table diameter of 56% and a crown angle of 34.5 degrees offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a medium to slightly thick, faceted and no culet. According to the GIA the inclusions consist of clouds, crystals and feathers.  The image of the arrows and hearts provided on the GCAL report indicate that the arrows are a little narrow and the hearts are a bit small, but it’s not bad providing that you’re looking for a nice ideal cut diamond and not looking for the top performance provided by a Hearts and Arrows Diamond from somebody like Brian Gavin or Crafted by Infinity which are both cut for maximum light performance and visual performance (sparkle factor).

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    This 0.82 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, Round Brilliant Cut Diamond offered by Blue Nile is graded by the GIA as having a total depth of 60.7% with a table diameter of 58% and a crown angle of 34.5 degrees offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and no culet.  According to the GIA the primary inclusions consist of crystals and clouds which are merely tiny diamond crystals that were trapped within the larger diamond crystal as it formed.  Once again, this diamond is not part of the Blue Nile Signature Diamond collection and thus we don’t have a GCAL report to provide any indication of the optical symmetry of the diamond.

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    By the way, if you’re curious about why all of these diamonds from Blue Nile were Approved by me as opposed to all of the Blue Nile diamonds which were rejected in this article, it’s because I selected these diamonds personally… the diamonds featured in the other article were all chosen by the customer who asked me to review them.

    About the AuthorTodd Gray

    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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