I’m looking for an engagement ring, but I figure I’ll buy a loose stone first.
I’m looking to place this stone in a 6 prong setting on a medium thickness platinum band. After doing research, I was told to look for:
1) Excellent Cut with a table under 60% (but what does table mean?)
2.) G-I color (I heard I can get away with I color on a platinum band?)
3.) VS2 (Is this ok?)
Any recommendations? I was looking for diamonds from either James Allen, Zoara or Blue Nile. Are they all reputable? If you could provide me some options that would be great.
Thanks for contacting me and letting me know your requirements.
A diamond’s proportions affect the way it reflects light. The table is the largest facet on the crown and is expressed as a percentage of the diamond’s diameter at the girdle. You may read more about this on my diamond cut page. On this page you will see the anatomy of a diamond and see what the table references. The table % is a very critical proportion of a diamond, as is the depth % and crown and pavilion angles.
For a round brilliant diamond set in a platinum band, you may go as low as a “J” color. G, H, I and J are all ‘near-colorless’ and will face-up nice and white as long as the cut is ideal. You will only notice body color when viewing the diamond from the side or pavilion view.
As you are looking for a round shape, 1.45ct, set in platinum with a maximum budget of $11,000.00, you can go ahead and plug this into The Diamond Genie at ODBA. Here you can filter your search to only ‘I’ color or higher and VS2 clarity grade or higher. When I did this, I was left with 36 diamonds that all have excellent/ideal cut proportions. The next step is to look through each and see which diamond offers the best value for your budget.
For example, I recommend this 1.45ct I VS1 for $8,470.00: http://www.onlinediamondbuyingadvice.com/diamonds/R145-NCQ2NL/
This diamond is has ideal proportions which will face up bright and white due to gorgeous light reflection. The diamond is an “I” color but it does have medium blue fluorescence which in this case will actually give the diamond an added boost in color as blue cancels out any yellow tones. Therefore, this diamond will look more like a G/H rather than an ‘I’ due to the fluorescence. Finally, we can see that the hearts and arrows image shows very nice (though not perfect) optical symmetry which is also shown in the dark contrasting arrows in the magnified image. Overall, this diamond represents a fantastic value and is well under your intended budget.
A great setting for this diamond would be this six prong platinum for $1,050.00: https://enchanteddiamonds.com/rings/view/six-prong-knife-edge-round-solitaire-SL5-PT-R
Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you so much for your prompt and courteous response! I wouldn’t have been able to find this on my own or have the confidence to make the purchase without you.
Thank you so much!
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