Best area to compromise on the 4 c's?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Where do you think the best area of diamond quality to compromise on is?
    Cut : (16 votes)
    7 %
    Color : (140 votes)
    62 %
    Clarity : (70 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    1225 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @bellaluna:  I think it depends somewhat on what shape you’re talking about. I didn’t get to pick my diamond, but I think my FI sacrificed clarity to get more carats, and I’m happy with it. I have an oval, and I don’t think they’re graded on cut the way rounds are. If you’re talking about a round, I keep hearing the experts say that cut is i don’t think i would want to sacfice that.  I’m probably not as color sensitive as some bees, but I saw color in H stones, so I don’t know how far I’d comprimise color, but who knows? I’d have to see the diamonds to choose…and then I’d want them all! I’m useless 🙂

    Post # 4
    1818 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I’d go halvsies of color and clarity – as low as an H SI2 (but eye clean – they are out there). The price premiums for VSes, VVSes and especially IFs is astounding when you consider that (by definition) they all look the exact same to the naked eye. I won’t compromise on cut, though.

    Post # 5
    1050 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    I would compromise on color because I dont mind some warmth. I would go down pretty low on color as long as cut and clarity are acceptable to my eyes.  My ering is an H/I SI1-SI2 and most of the time it looks nice and white, but on occasion I do see a lil delicious buttery hue to it. #I don’t mind at all.

    Post # 6
    439 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @bellaluna:  Clarity! When I talked to my jeweler and appraiser they told me clarity was the least important of the Cs. They actually commended my FI for not buying into the clarity hype. My diamond is an SI1 and you cannot see any of the inclusion unless you have a loupe. It is F in color and excellent cut, polish, and symmetry which makes it sparkle and shine like crazy.

    Post # 7
    3403 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I compromised on color (I have a J) mostly because I don’t mind a hint of warmth.

    However, the easiest C to compromise on is clarity. As long as the stone is eye clean at normal viewing distance, then clarity isn’t much of an issue.

    Post # 8
    1124 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I would compromise clarity (no lower than an eye clean si1 or 2) for a colorless stone with a good cut and some size that sparkles like crazy. I think my husband is much more picky than I am. He wants stones that are flawless and colorless, but he doesnt have to look at the sparkle everyday, so I dont count his opinion as much. =P lol

    Post # 9
    329 posts
    Helper bee

    I’d say color. I actually love a warmer diamond. My original e-ring was a D color diamond and I hated it. It looked too unrealistic for me. Most women don’t get a perfectly colorless diamond, and when they do it, it makes it look too much like a CZ in my opinion. I have an H color now, and the warmth makes it look much more beautiful. clarity, however and cut, I’d say are important to me. If you have a larger stone, clarity and cut make a much bigger difference than if it’s a small stone. If you have a stone with too many inclusions it makes it look cloudy. Stay away from I1-I3. They look hardly sparkly at all, at least the ones I’ve seen. EDIT: What I’ve been told is that if a stone is cut properly, even if it is highly included or the color is poor, it doesn’t matter because the cut is what makes the sparkles. But if a stone is so cloudy light can’t get in, then it won’t be sparkly regardless of the cut.


    Post # 11
    312 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @bellaluna:  color and clarity. We could be talking about diamond specs all day but until you try and see things in person its hard to know what you like. We went to look at stones and clarity was the least bit important as long as its eye clean and no carbon spots, nobody on the street will magnify yout diamond 10x and tell you its imperfect. Color is another thing it goes with personal preference i liked the J-K range a lot as it faced up white and with my setting it will not look any different than a G-H. the more you drop in color the more stone you can get if you are on a budget, down each color grade means significant savings. Cut is something you shouldn’t compromize on and a GIA certification is preferable. but again i thought i had done my research so well and when we went to the jewler it was a whole different game i had set a minimum for the 4Cs before going in and i ended up with a different color than what i originally thought i wanted. So go see them and try them! Good luck! 

    Post # 12
    394 posts
    Helper bee

    @MrsSkeletonKey:  Don’t you have a moissanite?


    @bellaluna:  I’m very “no compromises” when it comes to diamonds.Truthfully, I wouldn’t want to compromise on any of the 4 c’s. 

    Post # 13
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d say there’s more room for manoeuvre of clarity

    Post # 14
    862 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I really can’t tell a warm diamond form a colorless unless its lower than K or they are 2 big diamonds right next to each other in some sort of fancy info-graphic. They all look white to me lol. I also want yellow gold which can disguise warmth. If we end up not getting the heirloom ring we may be getting, I’m totally looking at J color diamonds because I’d rather have a bigger one and we woulnd’t have a very big budget! 

    Post # 15
    1532 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I would compromise on carat, although that option isn’t there. The next would be colour. I would always pick a higher cut and clarity because it affects how well the stone reflects light.

    Post # 16
    528 posts
    Busy bee

    @SomedayHisBride:  shouldn’t you really be posting on the waiting board?

    For the poll, I voted color, but I’m not color sensitive.  Cut is the most important, especially with a round diamond.

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