First and foremost your website is awesome! It is a lot of help and thank you for doing it…
I am looking at princess cut diamond engagement rings with the budget around $6,000 with color of D-I because I plan on white gold or platinum setting (more so platinum), clarity ranging from VS2 to VVS1, carat weight of 1 carat.
I have been looking and utilizing your website on how to but Princess cut diamonds and for the depth and table % should they be near each other in range? like if the depth %= 70 should the table %= around 70? or does it matter? because most loose diamonds I have found the depth is around 70 and table is around 60. Is that a good ratio between the two? Or how should I be looking at that to find a diamond with amazing brilliance?
I do appreciate your help with this. I am in no rush as I am currently in the Marine Corps deployed to the middle east.
Thank you for letting me know your diamond budget and requirements.
Princess cut diamonds are a fancy cut and therefore there is a lot more room for facet style and cut proportions. A depth of around 70% and a table of around 70% is a very generic guide. Ideal princess cut proportions have a smaller range of: table 60-75% and depth: 72-78%, but again these can vary widely. Taking it a step further, there are optimum table% and depth% ratios that work best together, so there really isn’t no hard and fast rule for purchasing a princess cut diamond strictly by numbers (proportion based grading) alone. (I go into more of an explanation of this in my ‘How To Buy Princess Cut Diamonds’ article).
I recommend this 1.030ct H VS2 for $5,140.00: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.030-h-vs2-princess-diamond-ags-104076314009 for you. It is a very nice example of an ideal cut princess diamond. As you can see, the table is 68.8% and depth is 76.8% which falls more in-line with ideal cut princess diamonds. I would recommend this diamond as it is graded triple 0 AGS (ideal light performance, polish and symmetry). It also has fantastic light reflection as evidenced by the ASET image. This diamond will sparkle!
I would stick with the above proportions to stay within tighter cut parameters for princess cut stones. To make your search even easier, stick with AGS graded diamonds only because to date AGS is the only gem lab that provides a cut grade to fancy cut diamonds. The exception to this would be GIA graded princess diamonds that have available magnified pictures and light performance images to evaluate the cut grade. Don’t worry, when you are ready to purchase, feel free to contact me again for a final approval. 🙂
The diamond from BGD is real pretty. I am sorry I didn’t reply earlier its been a pretty busy week for me but I was thinking I might wait until December to make a purchase because we are headed home hopefully around mid-January.
I do really appreciate your help with this… I have always been fascinated with jewelry and precious stones and with your website I have furthered my knowledge, honestly I spent a couple hours one your website when I first found it.
Thanks again for your help…
You are very welcome James. Contact me anytime and I’ll be happy to help out further if necessary. 🙂
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