Post # 1
Looking for an engagement ring. I am leaning toward a five stone look, but I am looking at other options as well. A few questions tho..
What is the lowest color quality without looking yellow?
What is the lowest cut without not being sparkly?
Also, if anyone can post a picture of their 1-2 carat ring on a 5-5.5 finger I’d appreciate it! =D
Post # 3
mine is .90 center stone, total with sidestones and halo is 1.24 carats, SI2 clarity and I in color. I love it! It sparkles so much and I cannot see any yellow in mine at all, even though I is supposed to be “near colorless” …finger size is 5.75
Post # 4
@CRL110282: beautiful ring! i wouldn’t have known it was I in color.. fab ring!
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Post # 7
I’ve generally heard that of the four C’s, cut’s the most important. It makes sense, since light play will be determined by how light interacts with the facets. You can afford to go lower in color, but I wouldn’t go too low in cut.
Post # 8
My diamond is a J and the color is perfect for me.
Post # 9
@kiki89: Some people can tell better than others, but I think J is pretty much the end of the near-colorless range. I probably wouldn’t go any less than a G or H though. Keep in mind though that some people like a warm look to their diamonds. They’re all beautiful.
As far as cut goes, I wouldn’t go any less than ‘very good’ – but keep in mind this can vary from jeweler to jeweler. We’re planning on getting my ring from Blue Nile, and since we’re buying sight unseen, we’re going to err on the side of caution and buy as best of a cut as we can afford. We’re looking at yellow diamonds right now so it’s a bit different… you have to go w. depth/table stats vs. the easy way the colorless ones are graded (even the ‘fancy’ shapes have the quality of cut listed on there even though GIA only technically grades the cut of round brilliant stones).
Post # 10
Many people disagree, but I’ve never believed in paying more for what I cannot see. So you need to visit a jeweler and look at GIA rated stones in various colours. Some people are very color sensitive while others are not. Additionally, a yellow gold setting tends to make a lower coloured diamond look whiter in comparison to the gold, while the same stone might show more colour in a WG or platinum setting. It is purely preference, with D-F being colourless, G-J being near-colourless.
And there are many, many eye-clean SI1 and SI2 diamonds. There are even sometimes beautiful I1 diamonds. You need to determine what eye-clean means to you (many define it as 6″ away, face-up) and compare clarity ratings. The most dangerous thing, IMO, you can see on a GIA cert is “additional clouds not shown” when the plot looks very clean. That often means that the clouds are affecting light-play and will make the stone look dull.
But most important is cut. Look for GIA “excellent” or AGS 0 stones in terms of cut (at least on round brilliants) and then run the numbers through the HCA (Holloway Cut Advisor). An ideal cut can make lower coloured and lower clarity diamonds look amazing. I’d take an excellent cut SI1 H, I or J diamond over a “good” cut D, IF stone any day. Without the proper cut, no diamond will sparkle the way it should.