Ladies,

I’m having difficulty choosing between two gorgeous diamonds. I did my research ahead of time, and we went to the shops with Ame’s “diamond cheat sheet” in hand (thank you Ame, and ladies of tPF, for the wealth of knowledge!). The assistants at both Tiffany and Cartier were very kind and accommodating, and searched for e-rings that met our criteria.

We narrowed it down to two rings (photos and details below). The Cartier meets the specifications of Ame’s “cheat sheet” almost exactly. The Tiffany is close, but a little all over the place. If I follow the numbers and the research, it seems the Cartier should be the better diamond, but I (and my fiance) both admitted that the Tiffany diamond was much more striking, fiery, sparkly, and “lively.”

I’m so confused! Why? I’m a fan of logic and math, so I’m very surprised that the Tiffany seemed to outperform the Cartier. Has anyone experienced a similar situation? We scrutinized the diamonds both under and away from the lights.

Which would you choose?

Cartier

2.16 ct, VS1, H color, GIA rated excellent

Depth 61.9%

Table 56%

Crown (within Ame’s range, but I forgot to note the exact value)

Pavillion (within Ame’s range, but I forgot to note the exact value)

Girdle thin to med

55,000 USD total

Tiffany

2.15 ct, VS2, I color

Depth 59.0

Table 60%

Crown 35.0

Pavillion (forgot to note exact value)

Girdle thin to med

42,000 USD total

I’m having difficulty choosing between two gorgeous diamonds. I did my research ahead of time, and we went to the shops with Ame’s “diamond cheat sheet” in hand (thank you Ame, and ladies of tPF, for the wealth of knowledge!). The assistants at both Tiffany and Cartier were very kind and accommodating, and searched for e-rings that met our criteria.

We narrowed it down to two rings (photos and details below). The Cartier meets the specifications of Ame’s “cheat sheet” almost exactly. The Tiffany is close, but a little all over the place. If I follow the numbers and the research, it seems the Cartier should be the better diamond, but I (and my fiance) both admitted that the Tiffany diamond was much more striking, fiery, sparkly, and “lively.”

I’m so confused! Why? I’m a fan of logic and math, so I’m very surprised that the Tiffany seemed to outperform the Cartier. Has anyone experienced a similar situation? We scrutinized the diamonds both under and away from the lights.

Which would you choose?

Cartier

2.16 ct, VS1, H color, GIA rated excellent

Depth 61.9%

Table 56%

Crown (within Ame’s range, but I forgot to note the exact value)

Pavillion (within Ame’s range, but I forgot to note the exact value)

Girdle thin to med

55,000 USD total

Tiffany

2.15 ct, VS2, I color

Depth 59.0

Table 60%

Crown 35.0

Pavillion (forgot to note exact value)

Girdle thin to med

42,000 USD total

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