Diamond Query: Final Choice Based on Crown and Pavilion Angles, and Diamond Warmth in HD Images vs. In Person


| Anonymous Reader


Hello Sebastian,

I came across your website and email address during a diamond info search yesterday. I found your site extremely informative and helpful! I am in the process of upgrading my stone and have had a lot of trouble finding one that meets my ever growing wish list.

The information out there is a bit overwhelming!  I am seeking some guidance in finding a 2 carat round diamond I will love. I am looking solely on jamesallen at this point. I can give your more detail and my wish list/criteria but wanted to introduce myself first. I will await your reply. Thank you!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

Thank you for your inquiry. I am happy to help. Please send me more details!

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Sure, I will start with my search criteria I am using to start. Feel free to add your opinion to my parameters if you feel I should be adjusting my list.

 

2 carat round stone (ideally over if budget allows but at least 8mm)

Excellent cut (I'm using a depth up to 62.6% and a table up to 59% for parameters/excellent polish and symmetry as well)

GIA Certified

I color (I'm willing to go to J if someone can help me feel confident about a J stone)

Eye clean (I'm searching mostly SI1)

No fluorescence (I am stuck on this and have read both sides of the debate) budget up to 14k.

 

I plan to have the stone set in either white gold or platinum. I would like to have some small diamonds on the band but unsure of my preference at this point. My wedding band is a platinum diamond eternity band. I don't need to match it but obviously will wear both together.

 

Here are a few examples of stones I have found:

SKU-5399462 - 2.01 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-5399462 – 2.01 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-4198061 - 2.01 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-4198061 – 2.01 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-5392154 - 2.22 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-5392154 – 2.22 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-4924441 - 2.16 CARAT J-VS2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-4924441 – 2.16 CARAT J-VS2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

I should add, I have used the Holloway Cut Advisor on the first 3 stones. The first two were favorable, the third was not. I am also speaking with someone from diamondpro.com who works with jamesallen.

She told me the third stone was a good choice although I would like your opinion and she selected the fourth stone for me. Please let me know if I can clarify anything and I look forward to your thoughts. Thank you!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

Thank you for the additional information. Out of the four diamonds, I prefer the below diamond sku 5392154. It is, however, showing as “not available” on the James Allen website. Did you place it on hold?

 

SKU-5392154 - 2.22 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-5392154 – 2.22 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Sebastian,

It does show that it sold unfortunately. For my reference, could you explain why you chose that particular one? The Holloway scale showed a rating of over 5, which is why I essentially discounted it.

I’m your opinion, what specifics should I focus on as I continue my search? Thank you!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

Hi, I don't reference the HCA. It is an algorithm. It is a limiting tool. I picked the diamond because of its crown and pavilion angles. These two angles are important to help maximize light reflection.

Please reference the preferred proportions on my website:

https://yourdiamondteacher.com/diamond-shapes-cuts/round-cut-diamond-engagment-rings/

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Got it, thanks. I checked the link you sent and adjusted my search criteria. I would appreciate your opinion on a few more stones I found reflecting this:

 

SKU-5266454 - 2.03 CARAT I-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-5266454 – 2.03 CARAT I-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-519309 - 2.12 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-519309 – 2.12 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-5389010 - 2.02 CARAT J-VS2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-5389010 – 2.02 CARAT J-VS2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-4987399 - 2.01 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-4987399 – 2.01 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

I appreciate the feedback. Thanks!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

Wow! Great job with your selections! You can confidently choose any of these diamonds and you would be happy with your final selection!

If you twisted my arm to make a final choice, I would choose diamond sku 5389010. The crown and pavilion angle are perfect.

It is a very white J color, meaning closer to an I color than a K color. Overall it is a very pleasing diamond.

 

SKU-5389010 - 2.02 CARAT J-VS2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-5389010 – 2.02 CARAT J-VS2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Thank you! What a relief after a long search to know I have a selection of great choices. I appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

You are very welcome!

 

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


One final thought from you if you don’t mind…I am leaning towards this stone from the group I sent to you.

 

SKU-519309 - 2.12 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

SKU-519309 – 2.12 CARAT J-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

I have it on hold actually. Before making this large purchase, do you have any negative feedback or concern for me? I know you said any of the 4 I sent to you would be great options…do you feel the stone looks slightly gray or hazy?

I realize a computer screen won’t depict the exact color or sparkle. I am hesitating with the J color to be honest and want to feel confident!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

You don't need to be concerned. The diamond will be white. And it will have the sparkle you want a diamond to have. You can purchase this diamond with total confidence!

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Purchased! Again, I very much appreciate your feedback. If I can write a review or comment on your assistance, I would be happy to do so.

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

Congratulations! I'd like to hear back from you once you receive the diamond to hear how much you love it! I don't have a platform, as of yet, for people to write a review, but thank you!

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Sebastian,

I received my stone last week and although it was a beautiful stone and extremely sparkly, the warmth of the J color in certain lights admittedly bothered me. I noticed it especially when next to some of my other jewelry.

I have returned the stone but am still searching. I’ve adjusted my search to include H/I stones. I am disappointed but am looking at it as a great learning experience and will use it towards my next stone.

If you don’t mind, I would like to send you a couple more if I could to get your opinion. Again, I really appreciate your input to this point. I will be in touch!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

I would adjust your search to include G/H stones. Going up one color, may not be enough, since many I color diamonds can be borderline J color. 🙂

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Hello Sebastian,

We were in touch earlier in the summer and you helped me narrow down some diamond options. I’m searching for a 2 carat round diamond. I purchased one from James Allen and wound up returning it since I decided I really prefer a whiter stone than the “J” I purchased.

If I can get a higher color grade and still be in the “eye clean” category, I am ok going down to an SI2. I’ve adjusted my search again as well as involved a couple local jewelers to find some options for me. Below are a few I would appreciate your opinion on:

 

2.01 CARAT F-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

2.01 CARAT F-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

2.01 CARAT H-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

2.01 CARAT H-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

2.01 CARAT H-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND 2

2.01 CARAT H-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

2.03 CARAT I-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

2.03 CARAT I-SI1 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

Thanks again!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

It is nice to hear from you, again!

If you want the diamond to be noticeably whiter than the J color you returned, then I highly suggest you consider H color and higher. Perhaps, even so far as G or higher.

With that being said, I would go for the below F color diamond, however, it is listed as “not available” on the website. Did you place it on hold?

 

2.01 CARAT F-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

2.01 CARAT F-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

Otherwise, I would choose the below H color diamond.

 

2.01 CARAT H-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

2.01 CARAT H-SI2 EXCELLENT CUT ROUND DIAMOND

 

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Sebastian,

I’m writing to let you know I finally found my stone! The 2.01 F colored stone is perfect. It’s eye clean, extremely brilliant and fiery and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you again for all your advice over the last couple months. I appreciate it! I’m sending two pictures along as well…

Not the best quality photos but I hope you get the idea. Thank you!

 

Final Ring

 

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

Wonderful! Congratulations! Your due diligence and patience paid off!

 

 

 

Diamond Query: Final Choice Based on Crown and Pavilion Angles, and Diamond Warmth in HD Images vs. In Person
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