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Q&A: Am I Being Offered a Fair Deal on a 1.00 G VS2 GIA Diamond?

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Hi, I found the ring in the setting my girlfriend likes. The merchant will sell me the whole ring for $7,495; the ring setting itself (with about .7 in small diamonds in 14k white gold) is $2,470. They would attach-get this-a 1 carat (exactly) G VS2 ring with an excellent cut for $5,025! ($2,470+$5,025 = $7,495)

Here is the GIA report:
https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=2266370312

Although I can’t see the diamond as I might at James Allen, this does seem like an unusually good deal. Even the girdle proportions seems to check out. The only thing I worry about is the strong blue florescence in the G color, which you advise against.

Please take a look at the report.

Your thoughts?

I would advise against that diamond. It’s poorly cut and strong blue fluorescence is a BIG problem on such a high color grade. It usually causes haziness. I’d stay away. (https://www.diamonds.pro/education/fluorescence/)

I’m happy to help you find a better alternative if you like.

Thanks for your reply.

The cut is “excellent”. How did you gather that it is poorly cut? Please help me understand.

If you can find a diamond like that at that price point, then fine.

55-60% of all round diamonds receive an Excellent cut grade from GIA. So they can have the same grades but there is still a wide range within that quality.

The table % of 61 is too high, the diamond will lose a lot of its brilliance.

I’d go with something like this:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.94-carat-e-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3049571?a_aid=dmnd1357

It’s much better cut and will be much more brilliant.

What do you think?

Thanks very much. How would it look next to smaller G-H SI side stones such as in here?

They have two options, the other being F-G VS. Please click on where it says “side stones” to see.

……

(When I said “how would it look”, I meant in reference to the stone *you* chose for me.)

Both options would be fine. The diamond will still look beautiful and colorless.

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