“Great website I learned a lot. I am looking at purchasing an engagement ring. I have been looking at Brian Gavin, Whiteflash, HPD-Infinity, Blue Nile and James Allen websites to try to find the best diamond for my range. My plan is for a simple 6-prong solitaire platinum setting. I have been looking at H&A selections highest cut, my range is $4,000-$6,000. I was steering towards G color to be safe if possible otherwise H. I would like to have something in the 0.8 above carat weight. Any help would be great. I found this one on Brian Gavin’s site 0.842 G VS2 Hearts and Arrows Round Product ID: AGS-104062031044 which I liked but its reserved so I am still looking around for something similar. Thanks” — Jayson E.
Thank you for your inquiry Jayson, I’m more than happy to help you evaluate the options currently available from different vendors and determine what the best option is in terms of overall cut quality, the 4C’s of Diamond Grading and of course price. Since you’ve already found an option from Brian Gavin Diamonds which you liked, but which has now been sold, I dropped by Brian Gavin Diamonds web site first to see what else might be available and found this Brian Gavin Signature Hearts & Arrows Diamond weighing 0.814 carats, G color, VS-2 clarity which has been graded by the AGS Laboratory as having an overall cut rating of AGS Ideal 0 and negligible fluorescence.
This diamond has a crown angle of 34.9 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.9 degrees and although the photographs are not up online yet (I’m assured that they will be soon) it exhibits a crisp and complete pattern of Hearts & Arrows so the “sparkle factor” is going to be quite impressive! This diamond is currently selling for $4,776 with a slight discount available for payment via cash / wire transfer.
I didn’t find anything slightly larger within the diamond inventory of Brian Gavin when I expanded the range for color and clarity, so next I dropped by High Performance Diamonds to see what might be available and found this Crafted by Infinity 0.802 carat, H color, VS-1 which is graded by the AGS Laboratory as having an overall cut rating of AGS Ideal 0. The diamond exhibits a crisp and complete pattern of Hearts & Arrows and will exhibit the “sparkle factor” that I truly feel is the reason to purchase a diamond. This diamond is currently selling for $6,053.00 with a slight discount available for payment via cash / wire transfer.
Next I wandered over to James Allen Diamonds and adjusted the advanced options available within their online diamond search tool to limit the search results to diamonds with a total depth between 59 – 61.8% and a table diameter between 53 – 57.5% which reduced the search results to this 0.82 carat, I color, VS-2 True Hearts Diamond from James Allen. It has an overall cut rating of AGS Ideal 0 and a crown angle of 34.3 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.9 degrees which is well within my preferred range of 34.3 – 34.9 degrees for the crown angle and 40.6 – 40.9 degrees for the pavilion angle ~ so the primary reflective surfaces of the diamond are offset just the way I like them to be… this diamond is currently selling for $3,600.00 with a slight discount available for payment via cash / wire transfer. While the “I” color will be just a smidge warmer than a diamond of “G” or “H” color, it will still face up quite nice in a platinum setting.
By the time I limited the advanced options for the online search feature for Blue Nile Signature Diamonds to the limited range of 59 – 61.8% for total depth and 53 – 57.5% for table diameter, there were five options available however all of them had a crown angle exceeding 35.0 degrees which is something which I am not personally fond of in terms of the resulting balance of brilliance and dispersion in comparison to the look presented when the range for crown and pavilion angle is kept within the preferred range which I’ve stated previously. However since the “look of a diamond” is very much a matter of personal preference, I’ll discuss two options which caught my eye and might be viable options.
Option One: Blue Nile Signature Ideal Cut Diamond weighing 0.81 carats, G color, VS-2 clarity as graded by the GIA Laboratory with an overall cut rating of GIA Excellent which is the highest rating available from the GIA. The crown angle of this diamond is 35.5 degrees which is a bit steeper than I prefer, however the pavilion angle is 40.8 degrees which is right where I like it to be and since the pavilion angle is the primary reflective surface in terms of light return, this is a good option.
There is no way to judge the optical symmetry of the diamond in terms of diamond cut quality and sparkle factor since Blue Nile does not generally make images of the Hearts & Arrows patterns available ~ so we have no way of knowing whether this diamond exhibits any sort of pattern of hearts or arrows, nor do they provide images of the diamond as seen through an ASET Scope or an Ideal Scope; however most independent gemologists could provide these images for you if you elected to have the diamond sent to one of them for evaluation. This diamond is currently selling for $5,172.00
Option Two: Blue Nile Signature Ideal Cut Diamond weighing 0.86 carats, G color, VS-2 clarity as graded by the GIA Laboratory with an overall cut rating of GIA Excellent. This diamond has a crown angle of 35.5 degrees offset by a pavilion angle of 40.6 degrees which is a combination which I have seen work quite nicely in the past… it seems like I prefer diamonds with either a combination of crown / pavilion angle which is right in the middle of the range or which is offset like this with a slightly steep crown angle and a shallower pavilion angle… so here again, we have another viable option from the Blue Nile Signature Diamond Collection. This diamond is currently selling for $5,730.00 However as stated previously, scope images are not provided so we have no way of judging the optical symmetry or sparkle factor of the diamond.
Hopefully this evaluation helps with your diamond quest Jayson, let me know if you have other options that you would like me to consider and/or if you have any further questions by adding a comment below or via the contact form.
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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