I am looking at this diamond, and would like your opinion. Priced at 4,640. (Not sure you can see the price as i have it on hold)
In general, what are your thoughts on the lab created diamonds that James Allen is now selling?
I tried to compare diamonds/prices to BE, but haven’t seen many VS1 E that are in the 4k range. Thoughts?
I was in the middle of publishing the price curves for lab diamonds when you posted. You can search for your SKU in it.
I think this is a nice diamond at a good price. It’s on the cost-efficiency frontier for H+ VS2+ diamonds, which is impressive for an E VS1. It also shows all 8 arrows with good optical symmetry, so it will probably have nice proportions on the certificate if you’ve requested it. Given the optical symmetry, this diamond is probably a missed true positive using my new computer vision screening algorithm. It’s fine to miss true positives when there are 100000 natural diamonds available, but I might have to retune the score threshold given JA’s smaller selection of lab diamonds.
I haven’t explored their lab diamonds fully, but it looks pretty good thus far. Their color distribution skews high – most of their lab diamonds are G and up, so it avoids a lot of the brown lab diamonds you might find elsewhere.
A lot of lab diamonds I see posted on reddit show strain lines that I typically avoid recommending in natural diamonds. I wasn’t sure if it was the photography from other sites, but I now also see them in JA’s photography. JA does seem to have fewer of these cases though. For instance, this 1.44 E VS1 you’ve selected doesn’t appear to have them, which is why I think it’s a nice lab diamond.