Post # 1
My bf and I have been looking at diamonds for my engagement ring for a couple months now (I say Diamond because I’ve decided that I want to wear a solitaire, no side diamonds or anything, just a plain tiffany solitaire setting). Anyway, We had seen this one diamond at Jared that we both liked a lot and was the only diamond cut that we both agreed on, a Radiant. It was G in color, 0.75 ct (very pretty). A few weeks later we went to another jewelry place to look/compare prices. They didnt have a Radiant in the size that we wanted but told us that they would call their supplier and order in a Radiant in our criteria and price range. Now…its been almost 3 weeks and we have not gotten a call back from the jeweler about that one diamond they were supposedly “ordering”.
I personally think its too good to true (the price was too good for a D color, 0.75 SI1 Diamond). So now I told my bf that I want to just forget about that jeweler and I want to get another one from a different place. I also told my bf that I want a diamond that is an I1 or I2. Now…I know that those diamonds have flaws that you can see without magnification, but I went to a 3rd jewelry store to look at their diamonds and the lady brought out this gorgeous I1 princess cut diamond. It had a flaw that you could only see when the diamond was held upside down, which once its in a setting you wouldnt see anyway.
SO… I decided thats what I want since with some you can’t see the flaw and they are so much cheaper. So heres my question… Should we get a good quality diamond and spend more money. My bf wants to get me something good (Within our limited budget of course) but i could care less about having the best and most flawless diamond.Should we bite the bullet and get something nicer and more $$ or should we just go with one with flaws but is cheaper? My bf and I don’t see an E-ring as an investment (i’ll wear whatever diamond we decided on for the rest of my life, no upgrades) But my dad always told me/us that if we’re getting something that I will be wearing for the rest of my life it should be something good, do it right the first time kind of deal… What in your opinion should we do?
Post # 3
@WbeeGirl: I think that you would want to take a good look at it. Just because the diamond she showed you had a flaw that could only be seen upside down, doesn’t mean others will be that way.
God love my man, he got me an I2 ring with 11 I2 stones. The centre is 0.33 and the sides are 0.2. I can see a black mark in the centre if I see it from one side (if my ring is turned around, then I can’t), but the rest, to the naked eye, are okay. I think most of that is pure luck of having small diamonds!
If you have the money, get the best you can for the price you can afford.
Post # 4
@WbeeGirl: Are we talking hundreds or thousands of dollars difference? Can your SO afford the original stone you were looking at? If it’s within reach, I say don’t get an I1 stone. If you’re wanting a natural diamond and a certain size but can’t afford it unless you get one that’s included, than I understand your logic.
Post # 5
@WbeeGirl: I think you should go with a better diamond. That being said, you don’t have to get a FL diamond but I wouldn’t recommend going lower than a SI1, I think a VS2 is perfect because pretty much no one will be able to tell that it isn’t a FL.
There’s no point in getting a diamond if it looks bad. and you’re odds of getting a good quality diamond from I1-I3 is not very good. You also want to make sure the cut is good because then it will sparkle. I would highly recommend buying from bluenile.com, best value and you know what you’re getting (you get a GIA report). I’ve had people tell me that they can tell my diamond is a quality diamond and I always get comments about how it sparkles. So some people will be able to tell. Just my thoughts.
Post # 6
@WbeeGirl: It really depends on the diamond itself. I have a 1ct I1 solitaire engagement ring. Its eye clean and no one (including myself) can see the flaws. I had it appraised and the jeweler said its one of the best I1 diamonds he has seen. The I1 and I2 categories offer such a huge range of diamonds as long as you inspect them you can get a good eye lean diamond without spending a crazy amount of money. My fiancé got my ring from James Allen (www.jamesallen.com). They have magnified pictures of the diamonds so you can see all the flaws online before you purchase. They are GIA certified. He looked for a few months for an eye clean stone before purchasing but it is possible. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
I don’t have diamonds, but I did do a lot of research on them. You should definitely pick out your setting first, if you are going for an I1 diamond. Then, you can inspect the diamond in the setting to see if its flaws are visible. Like PP said, there is so much variety in the I1-I2 range. You could be looking for a while, but as long as you are able to view them in person, you could definitly find an I1 that is more eye-clean than an SI (some I’s have their flaws visible only from bottom/side, but have more of them; some SI or even VS have their small amount of flaws visible right on top!) Remember that the grade only dictates the relative amount of flaws, not their location.
Post # 8
The cut is far more important than the inclusions. I have an SI1 and Fiance was trying to decide between a higher color grade and a lower clarity. Since both stones were Ideal cut, it was SO hard to tell the difference.
Where the inclusion is located is also important. If it is in the table, you’ll see it distorting or blocking some sparkle. A small carbon spot is going to be more noticeable than a larger feather. That said, my stone has a small inclusion near the girdle. It is completely covered by a Tiffany prong. I was never able to see it without magnification. Fiance was, but he’s had lasik, so unfair comparison.
Hope this helps!
Post # 9
@WbeeGirl: My first e-ring (long story short- I lost it) was a .75 ish radiant cut, D color, very good cut, vs2. Fiance paid just under $4000 for it (he ONLY paid for the stone, he got the setting for free from the jeweler b/c my family has been buying from them for 20+ years.)
I told him I’d rather go for quality over quanity, and he did an excellent job choosing, the cut of the stone looked like a 1 carat when seeing it head on. So it really depends on each stone your looking at. If you can find an independant jeweller who deals in loose stones, that is probably the best way to go. That way, the stone can be inspected by your Fiance (or you) and you can play around with different combos of the 4 c’s to find the best match for you. If an inclusion is going to be hidden by the setting and it means you can go up in size by .25+ of a carat for the same price, I say go for it!!!
For me, the color was my #1 concern, clarity was #2. If you rank what you think are the most important factors, that may help you decide.
So… I guess after all that, what I’m trying to say is that it’s really stone-specific. lol. That’s probably not to helpful, but I hope you can get something out of that. 🙂
Post # 10
@WbeeGirl: The real question is what do you want?? Personally, I would not buy an SI to I3 diamond without seeing it first, maaaybe a SI, but definitely not I. I would want to see it and make sure the inclusions are not too obvious because I wanted an eye clean stone. There is a huge variety within the rating so just because that one was eye clean on top, does not mean another with the same rating will be. Some people also like that their diamond has a “signature” and prefer a little personality. If it’s not important to you, dont pay for it and save your money. If it bugs you in the least to see an obvious inclusion, then definitely invest a little more now and love your ring.