I wonder if you can help? I bought a James Allen 2.5ct HPHT F VVS2 diamond (great stone on paper and all correct proportions etc). However upon receipt, it had a blue nuance despite assurances from the staff that there was no blue nuance. I have had to return it. I have picked out 2 further diamonds but am reluctant to order as I cannot tell whether they have a blue hue or not – they are on the James Allen site and are 11196656, 10821806 and 11346405.
The diamond is for my engagement ring and is to be set with other earth diamonds in the G to H range. Do either of these diamonds have a blue hue as far as you can tell please?
Should I opt for a CVD diamond instead – or do some HPHT diamonds not have a blue nuance – what are you thoughts please?
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11196656 is not blue (it’s yellow). 10821806 and 11346405 are blue, with 10821806 being more blue.
11346405 is way overpriced. For that much, you can go much bigger with something like the diamond below. So I’d pick between 11196656 or the 3.38 E VS1 (yellow, not blue).
Some HPHT diamonds are not blue, they’re yellow like 11196656 that you picked out. You don’t need to switch to CVD – I personally don’t like CVD because I can always see the brown and/or strain in them.
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