BUYING A GIA FANCY SHAPE DIAMOND – BUYER BEWARE.
Buying a Fancy Shape diamond – the term used for an Oval, Cushion Cut, Emerald Cut, Princess Cut, and all other non-Round diamond shapes – based solely on the GIA grading report is not well-advised. Though there is much information contained within any grading report, none of this information conveys any clues as to what any particular fancy shape diamond looks like.
Today I came across two diamonds of similar GIA specifications – the same carat weight, same GIA color grade, and the same GIA clarity grade.
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So . . here it is in pictures.
This is a actual un-retouched photo of a 3.02 Carat Cushion Cut diamond, GIA “I” color, GIA “VS2″ clarity.
This is an actual un-retouched photo of a 3.06 Carat Cushion Cut diamond, GIA “I” color, GIA “VS2″ clarity.
As you can see, a picture is also worth thousands of dollars! That is the difference between buying something that is beautiful and wasting money on something that is not pretty at all.
In the photos one can easily see that one diamond is beautiful. It is my opinion that the diamond pictured in the above photo is ugly! Live and in person, I assure you that the difference is even more apparent.
From looking at the two certificates, other than the fact that one diamond is more square and the other more rectangular (which has nothing to do with the issue at hand), one would never see the difference in beauty between these two diamonds simply by viewing the GIA certificate.
The simple truth is that one is just a beautiful diamond. The other is not. This is not determinable by looking at the GIA grading report.
To be honest with the reader, the diamond in the above photo is priced approximately 20% less than the diamond in the lower photo. In my opinion, the nicer diamond is worth a 1000% more than the other.
Some might think that saving 20% on a diamond is important. But when one diamond is 1000% more beautiful than another, think about this . . .
What diamond do you want to look at for the rest of your life?