You have a great site here! Thank you for taking the time to help out people on this awesome journey. So right now I am looking for a balance of quality and size for a budget (not including setting) of $20k. I have been looking at Zoara and have come to these conclusions:
1. I am going to end up around 2.5 ct round brilliant
2. I am going to go with a J or I color – I had someone begin to talk me out of a J color
3. Eye clean is really all that matters. I would say VS2 or SI1. I came across a stone with natural indentations and it freaked me out but people tell me it’s not a big deal.
4. Excellent everything.
5. Going to mount on Tiffany Embrace ring setting (as long as it looks similar).
That’s where my head is at. Let me know your thoughts as I would really appreciate it. I kind of am starting to go in circles with what to do and am comparing inclusions so any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reaching out and letting me know what you are looking for.
Cut is the most important characteristic as this directly relates to how well a diamond reflects light and therefore equals overall brilliance and sparkle. That being said, if you are looking for an ideal cut diamond you will not find one that is I or better color AND 2.5ct for under $20K. You will likely have to compromise on something.
This diamond is a GIA triple Excellent diamond with medium blue fluorescence. It does have a crystal and cloud inclusion under the main table facet but the magnified image shows that this isn’t very visible so I would say that this diamond is eye-clean. It is literally just under the 2.50ct mark and is an exceptional purchase for what you are looking to get. The medium blue fluorescence in this case serves as a boost to the natural ‘I’ color grade and would make the diamond appear whiter, more like an ‘H’. If you can stretch your budget to $21K then this would be a great option for you.
For the classic Tiffany Embrace ring, you’ll want a four prong halo setting in platinum. It’s a beautiful setting and on Tiffany’s website they actually have a 2.57ct round set in it so you know how it will look (very big!). Luckily, EnchantedDiamonds have a very similar looking setting which will give you the same look: https://enchanteddiamonds.com/rings/view/round-french-set-halo-HL34-PT-R
I actually prefer the EnchantedDiamonds setting better because there is less metal surrounding the melee diamonds. From the side view, the setting has better lines and fluidity, whereas the Tiffany Embrace looks more like a halo-shelf. It’s personal preference, but the ED ring looks more delicate to me. I checked Zoara and there were no diamonds available that fit your specs. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Yeah you are right – I have to go to about 21k.
What are your thought regarding I vs J color? Thanks for feedback on the ring setting…
With regard to color grade, it is a subjective decision that really depends on each individual’s taste. A ‘J’ diamond with an ideal cut will face up white and sparkle brilliantly but from the pavilion/side view you will see some warmth to it. An ‘I’ color will be slightly less warm. I’d say if you are going for a 2.5ct with your price range you are more likely to find more diamonds in the ‘J’ color grade range although the diamond I found yesterday is a great option and fits what you are looking for while being guaranteed eye-clean.
I wish you the best of luck!
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