Where can I find a heart shaped diamond?

Today I received a request for a recommendation on where to find heart shaped diamonds.

Many online diamond vendors don’t list heart diamonds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them to order one in. This is the same situation if you go to any jeweler within driving distance. Hearts will rarely  be in stock, and if they are in stock they will be quite expensive.

Thanks to internet shopping we can access quite a large selection of heart diamonds. Three places you can actually browse for heart shaped diamonds and find a decent selection. Heart diamonds are found at JamesAllenDiamonds-USA and BlueNile. A quick search at BlueNile,  gave me 250 to choose from. I didn’t include very small ones nor ones with inferior characteristics. However, BlueNile doesn’t have photos of the actual diamonds. This is why I am hesitant to recommend buying hearts at BlueNile.

Cutting a diamond into a heart shape is very tricky. The shape of the heart will vary from one Ideal cut heart to another Ideal cut heart. This is because there is no single set of geometrical requirements for optimum brilliance as there are for round diamonds.  Actually even with round diamonds there are all sorts of variations which still make for a very brilliant diamond.

Having said that I do notice some diamonds cut into a heart shape which receive an Excellent cut grade still have a bit of a squashed look. If you are going through the trouble of finding a heart shaped diamond ou want to make sure it’s a nicely porportioned heart, the kind that we think of as a classic heart shape. For this you need a photo. Not a stock photo. An actual photo of the diamond you will get.

So this is why I am very excited about today’s Catch of The Day

I narrowed today’s search down to one beautiful and very competitively priced heart diamond from Diamonds-USA. I was very pleased to see that the listing includes an actual photo of the diamond.

Astoundingly it is 1.2 carats, E color, and the shape is fantastic!

heart cut diamond from Diamonds-USA
Click on image to go directly to this diamond

So the question remains. Why is it only $5040?

I believe it is discounted because its grading report says it has slight blue fluorescence. What does this mean? It means that it will glow slightly blue under UV light. Pretty cool. Yes there is UV light coming from the sun all the time so this will make your diamond fluoresce ever so slightly in daylight (or in a tanning salon, or night club with black lights turned on). In daylight this fluorescence can in rare cases detract from the natural sparkle as the glow reduces how the light is turned into fiery brilliance. How often does this happen? Only 1 in 50,000 diamonds that are rated as having fluorescence will be dimmer in daylight. So the odds are in your favor.

Diamonds-USA allow you 10 days to inspect the diamond  before you pay for it, so it’s really a no-risk exercise. All you have to do is look at the diamond in daylight and see if it looks any less sparkly. If it looks cloudy in daylight then you can return it at zero cost to you. You could even call Diamonds-USA and ask them to do this for you if you prefer. And you stand a good chance of having picked up a fantastic bargain. I mean, a 1.2 carat E color* is going to be hard to pass up at this price!
*The color of EGL graded diamonds are not to be compared with the color of GIA graded diamonds as they have a different set of master stones from which they assign the grade.

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Bargain 0.70 ct Round Brilliant I Color SI1

Today’s search for the catch of the day went very fast. This diamond was one of the first I looked at and it looked very promising.

But I thought it too easy and kept searching. Well I am back to the one I started with. Here is what I was trying to accomplish. I figured I would look through the stones that have an SI1 clarity grade and see which ones look the best.

Here is one which I think fits this very well. It is from James Allen, who gives us the ability to view the diamonds they list at 18x magnification. This is the only reason we can go around looking at stones with an SI1 clarity grade. Otherwise the risk of ending up with a diamond which is not eye-clean would be rather high. All the diamond vendors I recommend do offer you the option of being able to return the stone if it doesn’t meet expectations.  With stones purchased from James Allen you get the the longest return period of anyone on my list of recommended places to buy diamonds. It’s a very generous 60 days.

Since we can actually get to view specific diamonds on their site, not just sample images, we can do a bit of bargain hunting.

What I mean by this is that we look for stones which have more inclusions according the grading report, but when looking at their magnified image we see that the inclusions are not obvious. You see, just because a diamond is graded SI1 doesn’t mean that the inclusions are all at the top of the stone where they would be visible. James Allen welcomes people calling them up and asking their expert staff to actually look at the diamond as well. They will be able to tell you if the diamond’s inclusions are visible to the naked eye. They are experts and will have seen so many diamonds that thy will know instantly if it is a good buy or not.

I definitely recommend this as a great idea, especially when bargain hunting like this and trying to find a diamond with a clarity of SI1 or SI2.

0.70 Carat I-SI1 Very Good Cut Round Diamond

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Very%20Good-Cut-Round-Diamond-1445901.asp

I tell you what. After looking at the diamonds being sold at local mall jewelers for $9,500 with huge visible inclusions that make you want to scrub them with steel wool, this diamond at $2620 just seems like an incredible bargain with a tiny inclusion which would just barely be visible.

If we want something real perfect: Here is the perfect diamond.

1.01 carats, Round Diamond, with Very Good Cut, G Color, VVS1 Clarity, and certified by GIA

 

For some reason today it took me  a while to find something to post for our Catch Of The Day. The diamond that stood out to me was one I finally found at Diamonds-USA. These guys offer an unusual deal in that they let you receive the diamond before you pay for it.

This diamond is graded as VVS1, and I downloaded the Grading Report from GIA (see it here: https://myapps.gia.edu/ReportCheckPortal/getReportData.do?&reportno=2136684143&weight=1.06# )

After looking at dozens of grading reports today I noticed something unusual about this one: it’s a nearly perfect diamond.

As you can see in this screen shot of the grading report the close up on the right is the bottom of the diamond (the pavilion) and that’s where the only inclusion is, which is a pinpoint, so this is practically a perfect diamond:

Being a “G” it is perfect for not only engagement rings but this is a popular choice for anniversary rings or three stone rings.

Here is the link to it: http://www.diamonds-usa.com/diamonds/diamond_details.asp?wizard=Diamonds&Did=993074&MDSID=1&ext=1