brides to be ???? help me pick my ring

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

As far as color goes I would not go lower than a J for an engagement ring.  Clarity would depend but the most important thing is cut.  I would not buy anything except an excellent cut or AGS 00.  Even with a lower colored diamond or a S1 clarity it can still be a very beautiful diamond. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

suritababyy:  many SI1 stones are eye-clean, meaning that you cannot see any inclusions without looking at the stone at a very close distance or with a loupe (the little magnifying glass type thing they have at jewelry stores). For example my stone is an SI1 and to the naked eye you wouldn’t see the inclusions. I can only see them because I have seen the GIA plot of my stone and know where to look for them! I agree that cut is very important, you want to go for an excellent cut stone. Color is a totally personal decision because some people prefer a “warmer” stone to a purely white stone. My stone is G color and very good cut. Here is a picture for reference. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

Colour and clarity have very little effect on sparkle.

If you want your diamond to sparkle you buy the best cut you can.  A colour D clarity IF diamond that is cut badly will be ugly and you’ll still be changed enormous sums of money.  A colour K clarity S1 diamond that is beautifully cut will be both beautiful and affordable.  

I don’t know how good your ring is without seeing it.  If it’s very sparkly under lots of different types of lighting (not just jewellery shop lights) then it is probably worth considering.  If you are unsure then have a look online at James Allen, Whiteflash, Good Old Gold and Brian Gavin.  All reputable online diamond merchants.  They sell rings too.  Go for excellent cut.  Drop in colour to colour I and clarity S1 (if designated eyeclean) and get the biggest diamond for your money.

I encourage people who like princess cuts to look at radiant cuts too.  They are square but have a very diffetent pattern of sparkle.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

suritababyy: I think with colour it also depends on the setting you’re planning on having. rhodium plated white gold and platinum show colour in a stone a lot more than unplated white gold, and yellow gold shows a lot less.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

It sounds like an okay deal to me. Make sure you get paperwork and maybe an apprasial just to make sure it is really what he says it is. Blue nile has an 0.85ct princess cut I color and SI1 clairity listed for about $2,200 without a band. 

I’m not sure I’d recommend an I colored diamond unless you like it a bit warmer. Really it’s all up to how you think it looks. You can shop around and see what similar places have too.

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