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Poll: What is most important in your ONLINE diamond shopping experience?

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https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamon ... ku-3051043 - cut is pretty good, but going with a K color and Strong Fluorescence is not something I personally suggest as the diamond will show lots of color. GIA has UV in the grading environment so the grade partially included the affects of the fluorescence so it is possible that it is an L color without UV. To me the price is high for what it is as well.

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamon ... ku-2526021 - is cut terribly and is an I1 and not a nice one nearly half the diamond is an inclusion.

If I had to choose between the two I would go for the first one, at least it will sparkle, it will look yellow but thats better than tons of dark inclusions and poor cut with little sparkle.
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Jun 16, 2017
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Thanks for the reply.

My budget is 13k. She wants a larger stone and is prepared for a lower grade quality. I was hoping to get a 2 carat GIA diamond. I want to order w james allen as I thought prices are better than in Canada.

Can you assist w some recommendations?
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Nov 27, 2014
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Hello thediamondshopper,

Would you mind to look please at this diamond: https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=5246865534 and give me your opinion?

They are asking 3000 CAD for it. Is it fair price?

Thank you very much for your help.

edit: went through all 88 pages. Thank you very much for starting this thread and for so much helpful information.

Picked few more for your opinion:

Gia 1248610403 (3288 CAD)
Gia 2248858278 (3486 CAD). This one looks the best choice in terms of cut. But I'm a little bit afraid about J Colour. Also I did no pick the clarity VVS1 since it is overkill. Was just narrowing down choices in terms of cut. So I'm not saving anything lowering down the clarity.

Thank you.
Last edited by amstor on Jun 18th, 2017 8:45 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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thediamondshopper wrote:
Jun 18th, 2017 7:25 pm
Its hard to assess the value of a used piece of jewelry without seeing it. I know the appraiser personally and I know he is strict so its likely the grading is good. If I had to throw out a price I would say $700-850
Thank you
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thediamondshopper wrote:
Jun 18th, 2017 7:46 pm
Hi,

I cant go into to much detail as the GIA report is not listed so all I have is the color and clarity and the girdle diameter. At 6.35mm it is small for a 1ct diamond, some nice low mid .9s are that size. From this Im guessing its not great cut. Going with an I color I1 is really tricky as they are likely to show color and not be eye clean unless chosen very carefully. Price wise unless it is an amazing I I1 its not such a great price.
Hi,

Sorry, I didn't realize the GIA report wasn't linked, it's here: https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=1248126042

Alternatively, what do you think of this one: http://www.budgetdiamondsonline.com/0-8 ... mond-14704 with these measurementsImage

Thanks again!
Newbie
Jun 16, 2017
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Thank you.

Where do you recommend one buy diamonds in Canada?
I was going to go with James Allen because of the price and being able to buy this in the US at a lower price. Generally, the US seems to have more competitive prices.

So far, this is #1 in terms of what I found and you reviewed: https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamon ... ku-3051043

What do you think of these?

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamon ... ku-3095305

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamon ... ku-2361331

Id like to buy something this week. Feel free to private message me with your suggestions.
Newbie
Jun 20, 2017
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Hi Aaron,

Thank you for creating this helpful thread.

I'm looking to buy a diamond. Can you check this for me:

Gia 6231425054. It is Cad 2253. Am I missing something? To me specs looks very good for the price.
Gia 5253046235 l. 3700 Cad.

Thak you.
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Hi DiamondShopper, what a great wealth of information this thread has been for diamond shopping.

I am looking at about 0.9 ct diamond and looking for your opinion on these. Your feedback is much appreciated.
  1. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 851538.htm ; AGS-104089831020 ; $6320 USD ; I think this is the best one of the batch.
  2. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 802002.htm ; AGS-104091827041 ; $6241 USD ; Inclusion more visible in the AGS report, but WF state it's eye clean.
  3. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 628086.htm ; AGS-104084596037 ; $6222 USD ; Lots more specks in the Hearts and Arrow
  4. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 802001.htm ; AGS-104091827040 ; $6269 USD ;
  5. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 811458.htm ; AGS-104092091011 ; $5781 USD ; Inclusion on the edge and not visible on the Hearts & Arrow. Would this be a good value since it is considered eye clean by WF
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amstor wrote:
Jun 18th, 2017 8:45 pm
Hello thediamondshopper,

Would you mind to look please at this diamond: https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=5246865534 and give me your opinion?

They are asking 3000 CAD for it. Is it fair price?

Thank you very much for your help.

edit: went through all 88 pages. Thank you very much for starting this thread and for so much helpful information.

Picked few more for your opinion:

Gia 1248610403 (3288 CAD)
Gia 2248858278 (3486 CAD). This one looks the best choice in terms of cut. But I'm a little bit afraid about J Colour. Also I did no pick the clarity VVS1 since it is overkill. Was just narrowing down choices in terms of cut. So I'm not saving anything lowering down the clarity.

Thank you.
The first one you linked to is not such a great cut, I cant comment on the color or the clarity as it is not a diamond I have access to. Cut wise the table is a bit big and when combined with a steeper pavilion there will be more than average light leakage. With diamonds under 1ct there isnt a clarity plot for GIA diamonds so it is really hard to tell if it is a good SI1 which will play into how good the price is. $3000cad is not a bad price if the color and clarity are average for the grade. For what the diamond is it is a fair price, little below average cut, good face up size, with color and clarity assumed average.
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a33r00 wrote:
Jun 19th, 2017 12:12 am
Hi,

Sorry, I didn't realize the GIA report wasn't linked, it's here: https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=1248126042

Alternatively, what do you think of this one: http://www.budgetdiamondsonline.com/0-8 ... mond-14704 with these measurementsImage

Thanks again!
Hi,

The second one is not a GIA graded diamond, the image you attached is a printout of the lazer scan specs for the diamond. The crown is a bit to steep for a 40.8 pavilion, also the face up size 5.91-5.97 is small for a .82ct diamond, usually would be 6mm or over. For the color and clarity they are not graded by GIA so you would likely want to have them double checked by a good appraiser to be sure, from the images on the site the clarity looks like it is a lower end SI2, the clarity it is impossible to tell without seeing the dimaond.
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Nov 27, 2014
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thediamondshopper wrote:
Jun 23rd, 2017 6:03 pm
The first one you linked to is not such a great cut, I cant comment on the color or the clarity as it is not a diamond I have access to. Cut wise the table is a bit big and when combined with a steeper pavilion there will be more than average light leakage. With diamonds under 1ct there isnt a clarity plot for GIA diamonds so it is really hard to tell if it is a good SI1 which will play into how good the price is. $3000cad is not a bad price if the color and clarity are average for the grade. For what the diamond is it is a fair price, little below average cut, good face up size, with color and clarity assumed average.
Thank you so much.

Would you be able to give me your opinion for other two?

Edit: never mind checking Gia 1248610403.

Could you check please Gia 6231362986 instead ($3238) and Gia 2248858278 ($3486).

Should I be worried that report for Gia 6231362986 has been done a year ago?
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Persten wrote:
Jun 21st, 2017 8:23 am
Hi Aaron,

Thank you for creating this helpful thread.

I'm looking to buy a diamond. Can you check this for me:

Gia 6231425054. It is Cad 2253. Am I missing something? To me specs looks very good for the price.
Gia 5253046235 l. 3700 Cad.

Thak you.
Hi,

Thanks for posting. The first one you linked to looks good all except for one thing, it appears that the clarity grade is based on a cloud, in diamonds over 1ct there is a comment "clarity grade is based on clouds that are not shown" which essentially means that the diamond will have a very hazy appearance especially at SI2 so it will not have good luster and will not sparkle which is the sole purpose of a diamond. I would confirm that that is the case with this diamond as there is no clarity plot on diamonds under 1ct so they wouldnt mention what I quoted above, all it says is Clarity Characteristics: Cloud, though I am 98% sure it wont be a nice diamond. The second diamond has a very very steep pavilion and even though the crown is as shallow as you can go, they wont work together and there will be lots of light leakage. With diamonds if they seem like an incredible deal there is always a reason they are priced the way they are.
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eugen0619 wrote:
Jun 21st, 2017 4:50 pm
Hello Diamond shopper.

Thank you very much for your post and help! Can you give me some feedback on the below diamonds?

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamon ... 22,2871977

Thank you in advance!
The proportions look good for the first one, but it is no a very nice SI1, as you can see there is a dark wisp which you will be able to see very easily from the side. Looks more like an SI2 to me. I color is very tricky some show alot more color than others and it is tough to choose a good diamond I color or less without alot of knowledge and working close with the originating supplier. AT $17600usd I would say it is expensive for what it is for sure.

2nd one is a nice SI1 but the cut is also not as good as the other two, the third is in the middle of both for cut specs. All in all for those prices you can find much nicer diamonds.
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liquidzyklon wrote:
Jun 22nd, 2017 9:29 pm
Hi DiamondShopper, what a great wealth of information this thread has been for diamond shopping.

I am looking at about 0.9 ct diamond and looking for your opinion on these. Your feedback is much appreciated.
  1. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 851538.htm ; AGS-104089831020 ; $6320 USD ; I think this is the best one of the batch.
  2. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 802002.htm ; AGS-104091827041 ; $6241 USD ; Inclusion more visible in the AGS report, but WF state it's eye clean.
  3. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 628086.htm ; AGS-104084596037 ; $6222 USD ; Lots more specks in the Hearts and Arrow
  4. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 802001.htm ; AGS-104091827040 ; $6269 USD ;
  5. https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 811458.htm ; AGS-104092091011 ; $5781 USD ; Inclusion on the edge and not visible on the Hearts & Arrow. Would this be a good value since it is considered eye clean by WF
If you can narrow down you choices to one or two diamonds I would be happy to look at them for you.

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