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Q&A: Looking for a Pear-Shaped Diamond for a Platinum Setting Within a $4,000 Budget

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I am looking at the two following diamonds at Blue Nile:
Blue Nile LD12108737
Blue Nile LD12352382

Would appreciate your opinion if they are good quality and which you feel is the better option or any recommendation on a similar stone.

I want to set the diamond in Riviera Pave Diamond Engagement Ring.

I’m not a huge fan of this stone (Blue Nile LD12108737) because of the black inclusions right on the table. Blue Nile LD12352382 – the second option looks nice. It’s a perfectly cut stone with great specs. Nice find!

I found these alternatives:
Blue Nile LD12331696
Blue Nile LD11389142 (The inclusion might be partly covered with a prong)

They’re well-cut, eye-clean and brilliant. I always recommend checking the actual measurements, not the carat weight.

Thank you for your quick response. I will check your suggestions when I get home from work today and get back to you.

I’m trying to decide between Blue Nile LD11389142 and Blue Nile LD12352382 they both seem to have good specs. I have read that it is important to check the bow tie on a pear shaped diamond how is it on these two. What is your recommendation?

You’re right, the bowtie should be as minimal as possible. I personally like the bowtie here more Blue Nile LD11389142. When you turn the other diamond a bit, you can see some of the black patterns. Also, the price of the 0.97ct stone is better. Worst case scenario, if you end up not liking it, you can easily return the diamond. BN has a great return policy.

On the diamond you recommend you said that the inclusion might be partly covered by the prong. Is this inclusion visible to the naked eye?

Just one more question it says on the GIA report “feathers”, is this ok? Would like to order today if you think the feathers are not in a spot that could weaken the diamond.

Feathers aren’t usually a problem – they don’t cause problems. It’s better to avoid diamonds with red flags such as big knots, cavities and etch channels as they might disrupt the integrity of the diamond. The feather shouldn’t be visible to the naked eye.

Great, thanks so much!

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