Diamonds are an integral part of my daily life. I spend a great deal of time focusing upon diamonds, thinking about diamonds, searching for diamonds, and discussing them in great detail. Industry friends and I share links to articles and diamond related video back and forth via the various instant messaging services. Sometimes a good portion of my morning is spent sitting on Skype with the different vendors who I work with, discussing the characteristics of a specific diamond from their inventory, or simply catching up on the latest gossip.
Sometimes we talk about the latest challenge which faces the diamond industry. It was during one such conversation this morning, that I happened to run across the recently purchased engagement rings from Blue Nile feature on their web site. No doubt that this is kind of cool. The latest examples of diamond engagement rings being purchased by people all over the world, in every price range, and every combination of center stone shape and ring style imaginable. A perfect source of inspiration…
Whether you’ve got $2K to spend on an engagement ring, or a couple hundred thousand dollars, there are plenty of engagement ring ideas to be found on that page. It was interesting for me to see a list of the most recent engagement rings being purchased by people from Blue Nile. All laid out on one page with photographs and prices. One of my favorite recently purchased engagement rings from Blue Nile is this floral halo engagement ring from Blue Nile. According to the transaction summary page, the setting cost $850.00 in 14k white gold. The center stone was a 0.80 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, ideal cut diamond. The diamond details page is not provided, so I can only hope that whoever purchased the ring read my tutorial 15 Seconds to Diamond Buying Success. That article provides all the insight you need to buy the best diamond possible! But you can always use my diamond concierge service and leave the searching to me. I’ve got 30+ years of professional diamond buying experience under my belt.
It takes me only a few seconds to look over the diamond details provided and determine how a diamond is likely to perform. No need for you to weed through all the diamond details. You can stop checking and cross referencing all the data provided. Stop trying to figure out whether the crown angle measurement is a good offset for the pavilion angle. Trying to make sense of all the details can drive a person nuts! Thankfully I’ve worked as a diamond buyer for so long that it’s pretty much second nature.
It only took a few minutes to adjust the sliders on the diamond search engine for Blue Nile to my preferred range of total depth, table diameter, polish, symmetry, and overall cut grade. Then flip through the diamond grading reports for the five ideal cut diamonds offered by Blue Nile which weighed between 0.80 – 0.89 carats, which were I-color, and VS-2 in clarity. Look over the details provided on the diamond grading reports, analyze the proportions, and decide that this 0.80 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, GIA Excellent cut round diamond from Blue Nile is the best option. The 40.8 degree pavilion angle should produce a high volume of light return. The 35.0 degree crown angle should produce a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion.
Unfortunately Blue Nile does not provide diamond clarity photographs or reflector scope images for diamonds listed in their virtual inventory. Thankfully I was able to find this clarity photograph of the diamond provided by the diamond cutter who produced the diamond. This is one advantage that I have as a registered member of the diamond industry, I’ve got access to additional details that are reserved for trade members. This is another reason why you should take advantage of my Diamond Concierge Service. So what can we tell from this clarity photograph? It’s a little blurry, but we can get a pretty good idea of where the primary inclusions are located within the diamond. We can also see that the inclusions are not extremely obvious, nor are they large and black in appearance. The inclusions appear to be very slight, which coincides nicely with the VS-2 clarity grade. The slight variance in the size and shape of the arrows tells me that it’s not going to exhibit hearts and arrows, but not everybody needs or wants to pay for the higher degree of optical precision.
This is an excellent option for anybody looking for an ideal cut diamond that is well within the Top 1% of the annual production for round brilliant cut diamonds. This diamond is sure to be a show-stopper! We can do better, or we can do worse… It all comes down to the characteristics of each individual diamond, the proportions, polish, symmetry, the degree of optical precision, and how much you want to spend… that’s always a factor, isn’t it?
But look what we’ve done! We discovered an engagement ring style that we liked via the list of recently sold engagement rings on Blue Nile. Then set out to build a similar ring which contains a diamond that is sure to deliver a high volume of light return and incredible sparkle. The entire project took less than five minutes! Don’t worry, we don’t have to tell anybody that we just built an engagement ring in a few minutes time… You can spend the next hour surfing YouTube, or even working if you’re so inclined.
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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