“Would you mind writing a review of the Emilya Halo Solitaire by Victor Canera? I’ve been reading your blog for a while. I want to thank you for all of the in-depth diamond grading tutorials and vendor reviews that you provide. They are truly helpful to newbies like me.
My girlfriend really likes the Emilya halo solitaire by Victor Canera. I’m wondering about your thoughts on the setting. I would like your opinion on the two diamonds that I am considering.
I can’t decide which of the two diamonds is the better option. Whether it makes more sense to go for the higher color grade or the larger carat weight. Please feel free to respond via blog post.
I’m merely in the research phase at the moment. We’re holding off on getting engaged until we both graduate from College in June. We’re both the type of people who tend to conduct a lot of research in advance of making major purchases or decisions. I’ll certainly use your affiliate links when it’s time to make a purchase. Thank you in advance.”
This video of the Victor Canera Emilya halo solitaire shows what a truly stunning and beautiful ring that Victor Canera is capable of creating by hand. Every ring created by Victor Canera is hand-forged. This means that it each ring is literally created by hand rolling, forming, and forging platinum using a variety of tools. Making jewelry in this manner is truly a lost art. The Victor Canera Emilya halo setting is a demonstration of his extreme talent as a jewelry artisan.
The Victor Canera Emilya halo setting pictured above features a round brilliant cut diamond weighing 2.30 carats. I mention the carat weight of the diamond strictly for informational purposes. Since every engagement ring hand forged by Victor Canera is specially made to order, the rings will always be built to scale to accommodate the size of the center stone chosen for the ring. Note that there is a 10% discount available if you order the Victor Canera Emilya halo solitaire setting in conjunction with a diamond from Victor Canera.
This 1.511 carat, E-color, VS-1 clarity, Victor Canera hearts and arrows round diamond is graded by the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL) with an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0. This is the highest grade available from the AGS Laboratory. An overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 on the Light Performance grading platform is the most difficult grade to achieve.
The 40.8° pavilion angle is going to provide a high volume of light return. While the 34.8° crown angle produces a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. The combination of the 76% lower girdle facet length and the higher degree of optical precision will produce broad-spectrum sparkle.
This is the type of sparkle that people tend to notice from across the room! The inclusions within the diamond consist of smaller diamond crystals, clouds of pinpoint size diamond crystals, minute feathers, and needle-shaped diamond crystals. All of the inclusions within this diamond are extremely minor and of no consequence.
The diamond exhibits a very nice pattern of hearts and arrows. There are some very minor variances in the size and shape of the hearts. Notice how the heart located in the relative five o’clock region seems to be just a hint larger than the others. And the tip of the heart appears to be bending ever so slightly to the left.
While the tip of the heart located in the relative nine o’clock position is bending ever so slightly downward. This is an indication that there is a slight variance in the length of the lower girdle facets. There might also be a slight variance in the indexing of the facets as they were polished upon the surface of the diamond.
This type of thing is easy to detect when a diamond is photographed at 35x magnification, however it is not something that will be readily visible to the naked eye. The overall cut quality of this diamond is easily in the top 0.001% of the annual production for rounds, but it’s my job to help you pick up on these minor nuances that define super ideal cut diamonds.
This 1.700 carat, F-color, VS-1 clarity, Victor Canera hearts and arrows round diamond is cut just as well as the other diamond that we just reviewed. Once again, the diamond has an overall cut grade of AGS ideal-0 has determined on the Light Performance grading platform.
The Pavilion angle of 40.9° will provide a high volume of light return. The crown angle of 34.7° will produce a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. The combination of the 76% lower girdle facet length and the higher degree of optical precision will produce broad-spectrum sparkle.
The diamond exhibits a very nice pattern of hearts and arrows. The primary inclusions consist of small diamond crystals, groups of pinpoint size diamond crystals called clouds, and a small feather.
None of the inclusions will be visible to the naked eye given the VS-1 clarity grade. The feather is located well within the body of the diamond, on the underside of the stone. All of the inclusions within this diamond are of no consequence.
While I believe that both of these diamonds will look stunning set in the Victor Canera Emilya halo solitaire, I find myself leaning towards the 1.70 carat, F-color, VS-1 clarity, Victor Canera hearts and arrows round diamond. Both diamonds are the same clarity grade. I know from experience that the difference between and E-color and F-color super ideal cut diamond is going to be very difficult for the average person to see.
However, the difference in carat weight is something that I feel most people would be able to spot from across the dinner table. I feel that the difference in carat weight is well worth the $653 difference in cost between the two diamonds.
Of course, this is the decision that I would make today, based upon the characteristics of the two Victor Canera Hearts & Arrows diamonds that we’re considering at this time. The odds are that neither of them will be available when the two of you graduate in June. So we’ll have to revisit this discussion at that time, to determine the best options available.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this review of the Victor Canera Emilya halo solitaire setting, and the two hearts and arrows diamonds from Victor Canera. Please feel free to take advantage of my free Diamond Concierge Service if you are looking for a diamond. I’ll be happy to put my 30+ years experience as a professional diamond buyer to work on your behalf. Be sure to let me know the diamond shape you are looking for. Along with the range of clarity, color, and price range that you are willing to consider.
By the way, this blog post was written using Dragon Naturally Speaking. I’m still in the early stages of training my dragon to type, but I’m finding the program to be pretty intuitive. As with all pets, a certain amount of understanding and patience is required. It definitely took a few corrections for it to learn to type “Victor Canera Emilya halo” but just like my German shepherd, Dragon usually seems to pick things up by the third or fourth time.
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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