I gave it a 4 star rating because the shipping was bad. It was supposed to be here on a Tuesday and it came on a Friday. I've had other promise rings that I wear on my right hand. With the setting being higher on this one, you can see the diamond clearer. I am not sure if it really is .5 carats because .5 would mean 1/2 of 1. I don't know what to compare that with in size. I tried comparing it with my other diamond that I thought is a bit smaller, but couldn't really tell. It does have a nice sparkle to it. It would be great for a proposal and then you could upgrade if she says yes. It's also great for those high school couples. It could also be used for a purity ring. I have been studying the 4 C's a bit for diamonds and I knew this wouldn't be a very clear stone. But it's still a diamond and I think it is more than a diamond chip as it has been described as before. It is small, but I have seen diamond chips and this is quite a bit different than a diamond chip.
Disclaimer: it is important to note that my fiance and I are not at all traditional... I'm the kind of girl that requests not to be given jewelry as a gift ever (do you know how many vacations I could have with that kind of money??) and my fiance is the kind of guy to not give it to me to start with. An engagement/wedding ring is the only "real" jewelry I ever plan to wear. That said... I am TOTALLY IN LOVE with this ring. I've always wanted something with a black center diamond, and I knew a black diamond wouldn't be nearly as sparkly as a white diamond, so I was fully prepared for a matte look. Boy was I surprised - the facets on the cushion-cut stone reflect SO much more light than I expected! To be fair - there is a relatively large inclusion in the stone, but it's really only visible under intense scrutiny and under certain lighting conditions (another advantage of it being black). In most settings it looks perfect enough for me. I also was fully aware that the halo/side stones were lower in clarity (how else could a 1-carat diamond ring cost just over $400?) and they are a bit cloudy. However, I have small hands (ring size 5) so I knew I wanted something delicate and given how small the stones are I think the cloudiness makes no difference. They still give the ring plenty of sparkle and really highlight the dramatic center stone. In sum: Great for someone looking for an affordable delicate-yet-dramatic feel with plenty of sparkle. Not so great for someone looking for perfection in terms of diamond clarity and brilliance. It sparkles, but it doesn't blind like some rings I've seen. All in all, EXACTLY what I wanted!!
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