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Q&A: Help Choosing a Fancy Vivid Diamond for Around $1,500

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What about IGL certificates is it better than IGI and GIA?

Benma Fancy Color Diamonds only have IGL certificates.

No. In most cases, diamonds with IGL are artificially enhanced which is something you don’t want. If they sell diamonds with only IGL, walk away and go with a company that sells GIA stones.

If you’re looking for color diamonds, James Allen and Leibish are the best options for you.

The IGL certs did not mention the colored diamonds are color enhanced.

Also is it possible for a I1 stone to be eye clean such as this? The small black spots are near the edge of the stone that can be hidden my the prongs.

How about this SI2? The clarity feature is crack is on the 12 o clock position near the edge of the table.

They are both GIA certified fancy vivid yellow orange but not laser inscribed without clarity grade.

Which one is a better buy and more orange and transparent looking? Both of them are similarly priced and similar carat.

Please help me make a better choice.

Can you send me the report numbers and the prices, please? I need to see all the details available before I give you more details.

As for the first diamond, the video is of a pretty bad quality and there is nothing visible on it. But sometimes even I1 diamonds can be eye-clean. It’s rare, but possible.

The cushion cut diamond (GIA 5141273527) is priced at $1,353 while the heart shape shape is priced at $1,300.

The GIA cert of the heart shape isn’t really clear though. And based on the video I find the heart shape look more yellow than orange face up compared to the cushion or is it just because of the yellow sparkle.

The colors could vary a lot, even though they have the same color grade. The scale is very broad.

However, those are two very different videos and the lighting does a lot of the difference.

Both are priced beautifully and they seem very nice on the videos. If you like the cushion cut better, go for that one.

Thanks for your wonderful advice and you are right, based on the videos the cushion cut is a more attractive and I find it most beautiful but you are right the lighting could have made the heart shape appear more yellowish because the photos of the heart shape look as orange as the cushion cut and the fact that it is SI2 according to the merchant is good enough for me to want it even more now. Though I like the limpidity of the cushion cut but the heart shape could be as limpid because it is polished in brilliant faceting which tends to hide limpidity.

I will wait for the heart shape. It is being submitted to the GIA by the merchant. However I am also looking for a 0.27 ct fancy vivid yellowish orange GIA certified SI1 though it is not on the cert and not laser inscribed already set in 18kt white gold ring surrounded by 0.14ctw of white diamonds and the ring costs $1k dollars more! I think it is a better deal because I believe yellowish orange is several times rarer than yellow orange right?

Generally speaking, you are right that the yellowish orange is slightly more valuable. It’s also more desirable as there is less than 40% of the yellow tones, so the orange is much more dominant.

Have you chosen one or the other already? And do you still want me to help you search for the 0.27ct fancy vivid diamond?

I still can’t decide which to choose but I’m wondering how much percentage of orange does fancy vivid yellowish orange have? I thought yellowish orange are at least 75% orange?

One of the fancy vivid yellow orange diamond the cushion are said to be 60% orange and 40% yellow.

However the 0.27 ct fancy vivid yellowish orange diamond in question has fluorescence – a ‘strong yellow’ and I believe the strong yellow made it look like fancy vivid yellow orange or it deepens the tone to fancy deep instead of vivid. Strong yellow fluorescence is a negative right?

The percentage of orange is different for each stone. But it should have at least 60%.

Do you have a certificate number (GIA or AGS) for the diamond in question?

Generally speaking, fluorescence isn’t an issue for colored diamonds at all. Doesn’t matter if it’s faint or strong. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange or yellow diamond with yellow fluorescence. Usually, it’s blue. I contacted a gemologist and they promised to get back to me within 24 hours. As soon as I hear back, I’ll let you know.

Which is rarer a 0.27 ct fancy vivid yellowish orange SI1 or a 0.61 ct fancy green yellow SI2 chameleon diamond? Both are GIA certified.

The more intense color, the more valuable the stone. The fancy intense green-yellow should be a better option. But then again, straight colors are the best you can get value-wise.

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