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First time buyer, any opinions on this diamond?
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HI, first time loose diamond buyer (and poster) for an engagement ring. I am considering a particular diamond presented by an independent jeweler who is trusted friend of a family member. The diamond is:
GSI certified
1.02 carat brilliant round 57 facet, 6.17 by 6.23 (not sure of depth)
Si1 (one small dot inclusion, not visible with the eye)
D
Polish good
Symmetry good
Strong fluorescence
Cut fair
$5075 out the door
My concerns are about the luminescence and the cut. It seems highly debated, is it REALLY an issue having strong fluorescence in a colorless (D) diamond? I know the cut is very important and would like a higher grade, but the reality is this is the top of my budget. Does this stone seem like a good choice and a fair/good value? Am I reasonably going to do better for a $5k budget? The stone appears very clear and bright (visually and 10x under normal lighting) but of course im no expert!! Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

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Re: First time buyer, any opinions on this diamond?
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Hi fredsmith, welcome to DiamondRing.com
I'd keep shopping. The Cut is graded as Fair with only Good Polish and Symmetry . Perhaps that's why it wasn't sent to GIA or AGS for grading.
Rethink your priorities and put Cut above Carat and Color because a well cut stone can make size and color harder to discern. Which means you'll have wiggle room in those areas and that will help with your budget.
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Re: First time buyer, any opinions on this diamond?
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Hi, heres some more info. GIS was a typo it is a GIA certification.
1.02 carat brilliant round cut, 57 facet, D, Si1, cut FAIR, symmetry good, polish good, depth 67%
table 60%
crown angle 38
crown height 15.5%
pavillion angle 42.6
pavillion depth 46%
star lenght 55%
lower half 85%
girdle - slightly think to thick faceted
6.17 by 6.23 by 4.16
strong flourescence
I know these are not IDEAL cut dimentions, how far off from ideal would you rate this? I assume brilliance would be affected signifigantly? Thanks!

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