A client asked me whether I could help him find a super ideal cut diamond that met my selection criteria on Brilliant Earth because he wanted a conflict free diamond from Canada. Not only could I not find a diamond that met my expectations, as you’ll see from my in-depth Review of Brilliant Earth Diamonds, I’m completely stunned by their use of the term “super ideal cut” to describe some of their diamonds!
While I couldn’t find anything for this particular client, it turns out that Brilliant Earth did have ONE round brilliant ideal cut diamond in their entire inventory which is actually graded by the American Gem Society Laboratory which I feel is worthy of honorable mention… yes, I did just say that Brilliant Earth only has ONE ideal cut diamond graded by the AGSL in their entire inventory. The screenshot pictured above shows that when I limited the search criteria to diamonds graded by the AGSL, the only option available was this 1.542 carat, F-color, VS-1 clarity, round brilliant ideal cut diamond which Brilliant Earth is selling for $21,310.00 the problem is that I found it cheaper somewhere else![separator]
This diamond is actually cut by a good friend of mine, who I used to purchase a lot of diamonds from, and I’m pretty sure that this one is going to be gorgeous… it is graded by the AGSL with an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 back in August of 2010. The fold out flap located on the right side of the diamond quality document indicates that the diamond has AGS Ideal-0 Light Performance even though the report does not feature a picture of the diamond as seen through ASET.[separator]
According to the AGSL the diamond has a total depth of 60.8% with a table diameter of 56.4% with a crown angle of 34.4 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and a pointed culet. The proportions of this diamond are smack dab in the middle of my preferred range for a round brilliant ideal cut diamond and it should be quite bright and lively…
But I don’t think that you should buy it from Brilliant Earth for $21,310.00 because I found it elsewhere for only $19,380.00
Yea, that’s right… you can buy this 1.542 carat, F-color, VS-1 clarity, round brilliant ideal cut diamond from James Allen for almost two thousand dollars less than Brilliant Earth is advertising it for! How is that possible? Both vendors are marketing the diamond based upon its listing on the multiple listing service (MLS) that the diamond industry uses to market diamonds globally… so you could actually ask Brian Gavin Diamonds or High Performance Diamonds to source the diamond on your behalf if you prefer, just tell them that Todd from Nice Ice said that it was possible… they just love it when I volunteer them for this sort of thing! And tell them that I also said you could have a puppy![separator]
All right, they probably won’t send you a puppy… but if you give them the choice they’ll probably agree to source the diamond for you and provide you with an in-depth analysis of the diamond!
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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