First of all, I want to thank you for building this website. This is by far the most informative and statistically backed shopping website I have seen. I also enjoyed reading your research using CV.
I have been shopping for diamonds for a few weeks and want to ask your opinions regarding clarity. My budget is $25k and I am looking at some SI diamond in order to maximize color and weight. (can we have a color clarity curve like ROC curve?? 🙂 )
I found some on JA and would love to have your opinions on it:
- 2.07c D SI1 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.07-carat-d-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-10195224
- 2.02c D SI1 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.02-carat-d-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-9546115
I also went to a local jeweler and they showed me a 2.30c E SI2 that looked eye clean but with a few obvious inclusions under a microscope (but no bad inclusion in the center of the diamond). I thought the price is competitive at $20,000 but the SI2 is in my head. What is your opinion on SI2 diamond and do they worth buying?
Thank you in advance!
For the 2.3 E SI2, was it cloudy? You might not have been able to see inclusions like black crystals, but if it’s hazy or cloudy due to clouds/internal graining/surface graining, then it’s a bad SI2. If it was clear and transparent, then it’d be a worthwhile SI2.
I generally try to find a cleaner table than the 2.07 D SI1. The twinning wisps in the 2.02 D SI1 are closer to the culet and reflect around the diamond. Within your budget, I liked the option below more, although it’s more expensive than the SI1’s.
Shape,Carat,Color,Clarity,Cut,Price (USD),Affiliate Link