ODBA Reader Monique Lhuillier Halo Ring

Q:

Thanks for all the info! I appreciate the knowledge you have shared with the public for people like me trying to get the best bang for their buck… The site I have been shopping with is Blue Nile, they really have a lot to offer with their variety of settings. Personally I have found a square halo in the Monique Lhuiller modern collection that strikes my attention. Which leads me to looking for a 1.00 CT round center stone (setting requires between 1 – 2 CT)to complete the ring. I’m looking at staying between $4,500 – $5,000 for the diamond itself. I have found a couple that I like, but unsure when it comes to clarity because they are all SI2. I’m perfectly fine with that as long as they are “eye-clean“.

Monique Lhuillier's Halo Engagement Ring

Monique Lhuillier’s Halo Engagement Ring, only at Bluenile. (click image for more info)

What do you think of these two diamonds…

1.00 Carat, Ideal Cut, H Color, SI1 Clarity – LD02404039
This one has a group of small inclusions only in one corner and I was thinking request to have that area set under a prong it would really make it look the best…?
HCA: Total Visual Performance = 1.7
Light Return: Excellent, Fire: Excellent, Scintillation: Excellent, Spread: Very Good

1.05 Carat, Ideal Cut, G Color, SI2 Clarity – LD03209362
This one has only Crystal that might be an issue to the naked eye, but the main concerns I think would be the Twinning Wisps. I’m not real sure what effect these inclusions have on the diamond, or if it’s even something to worry about when viewing with the naked eye…?
HCA: Total Visual Performance = 0.7
Light Return: Excellent, Fire: Excellent, Scintillation: Excellent, Spread: Very Good

Thanks,

Blake

Paying Attention To Diamond Cut Via The ASET Image Is Best…

A:

Hi Blake,

Thanks for contacting me. I’m glad that you are getting value out of my advice.

It is tricky when you search through Blue Nile’s search tool, because they don’t have a lot of information on their virtual diamonds. A GIA diamond report barely gives you enough information to make an educated decision and with no actual images it is somewhat difficult to determine which diamond’s will have ideal cut and be eye-clean. Since it is difficult to gauge how well a diamond is cut without actual images or video, you really have to be careful as to what is on paper. To date, AGS is the only lab that provides light reflection technology by way of the ASET image on their diamond quality documents.

Regards,

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz,

Doing some last minute looking today I ran across this diamond (1.004 Carat, Ideal Cut, H Color, SI1 – LD02663863) do you think that it would be a better purchase than the one I currently have the ring built with (1.00 Carat, Ideal Cut, H Color, SI1 – LD02404039)? Thanks for all your help! Still wanting this ring: Monique Lhuillier Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum.

Blake

A:

Hi Blake,

Keen eye! Yes, get the AGS graded diamond, no question. 🙂

ASET image on AGS report

This AGS graded diamond shows a perfect ASET image with bright red light reflection and blue arrows for contrast. The hearts and arrows optical symmetry is also shown. Diamonds like these can be found on Blue Nile by using precise angles and proportions. Click here to find out more.

I feel much better about that diamond’s cut than the GIA. It must have just been added to the virtual inventory because I’ve not seen this one…

All the best,

Liz

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