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Q&A: 1.2 Carat Princess Cut Diamond

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Hi! I love your site – SO much valuable information in just one place! I commend your hard work at it! I am just about ready to make an online purchase of a 1.21 carat princess cut diamond. On paper, everything looks wonderful, with the exception of my concern about the table %. Below are the specs – and I would appreciate your thoughts! The seller is asking $4500 for this diamond.

GIA

1.21

H

VS2

6.14×6.03×4.04

Pol. Excellent

Sym. Very Good

Flo. None

Depth – 67%

Table – 74%

Thanks so much for your time!

That stone has a bit of an odd make. It’s a bit too shallow, and the table is a bit too large. You’d be better off finding something closer to 70 on both counts. Where is this stone from?

Also, I can’t comment on whether or not the VS2 is clean to the naked eye.

Would you like some help finding an alternative?

Thanks so much Ira for getting back to me so quickly! What a response time! I was not so concerned about the depth on this diamond as it was only off by 1% of what I hear is recommended, but I was worried about the large table. I’m told by the jeweler that it is 100% eye clean. I would very much like for you to look to see if you could find any alternatives! (Do I understand correctly that your 10% commission comes into play if I purchase something you’ve recommended?) I might assume that before you travel looking for a stone for me, that you might simply find others online and provide links. Please clear this up if I’m misunderstanding.

Below is the criteria that I’ve been trying to adhere to in my search.

GIA

Princess cut

1.20 – 1.25 carat, although that is not as important to me as are the dimensions of the stone

6.0×6.0 or as close as I can get to that

H to I in color, provided both face white (my current setting has .50 ctw of princess and baguette diamonds, H in color I believe, very white, so I need to somewhat match them)

VS2 to SI1 Clarity, “eye clean”

Flo – None or Faint if it enhances the stone

Polish and Symmetry – Good and above

Depth and Table – I’ll leave that up to you

Budget, $4500 to $4800

I think that’s about it. Thanks so much for any help and again I am very appreciative of your website…I know it’s a lot of work and your dedication to provide this service is commendable.

The 10% commission is only relevant if I broker you a stone, not for sending online recommendations. See this article here for an explanation:

https://www.diamonds.pro/truth-about/diamonds-pro/

6.0mm is going to be difficult to get for this budget. It’s possible as with the stone you found, but you’ll be sacrificing brilliance for size.

So here’s what I like for your budget:

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Premium-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1344038.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VVS1-Premium-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1318212.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-IF-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1343932.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

Let me know what you think!

Thanks for explaining the procedure for your commission.

I like all of what you sent except the first one – I see a lot of yellow in that stone. It may face white once set, but I see it clearly in the photo. The other two are beautiful and I’m amazed at the IF clarity on your third recommendation. I never would have considered going to that clarity.

So, unknown to me, yesterday afternoon, my husband ordered the stone I originally inquired about. It’s due to arrive tomorrow or Saturday. I guess now I have to wait to see what it looks like and take it from there. I’ve got 30 days to inspect it and return it if I’m not happy with it. I have a great local jeweler that I will take it to and explain to him your comments on the diamond and see what kind of feedback I get from him. Obviously, I’ll probably know when I first see it if it’s missing the brilliance that I want. I’ll be in touch after I inspect this diamond and let you know where I’m at.

Thank you again for such a prompt response! Have a great day!

Sounds great! I look forward to hearing from you! Let me know either way.

I received the diamond and it is absolutely beautiful! It is bright white – no yellow and I’d say it’s more a VS1 than VS2, 100% eye clean! I do notice it’s a bit on the shallow side and the table is large, but I actually like the look of the larger table and it still sparkles beautifully! I may lose a little pop out the sides, but to achieve the 6×6 dimensions that I wanted and for the price – it is just perfect!

Thanks so much for your input as I was in the searching process. This one is a keeper!

Have a great week!

Hey Kathi. Thanks so much for writing and letting me know! That was very kind of you to keep me in mind.

Thanks again!

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