Post # 1
Hi Hive! I’m wondering if anyone can provide some diamond advice. My fiance and I are currently selecting our wedding bands for our May 2009 wedding. I’ve selected an eternity band that has a full circle of round diamonds set in white gold. Our jeweler gave us a couple of different options for the size of the diamonds in the band:
1) 21 "ideal" cut diamonds for a total of 1.5 ct – $3000
2) 21 slightly smaller "ideal" cut diamonds for a total of 1.2 ct – $2625
3) Instead of using the ideal cut melee, use "very nice" diamonds (VS-SI clarity, G/H color) for a total of 1.5 ct – $2200
I’m torn as for which option to choose. I’m really leaning towards the total 1.5 ct bands, but am wondering if I’ll really see that much of a difference between the "ideal cut" and "very nice" diamonds. And for a difference of $800, that seems like a lot. My fiance is wonderful and said that I can choose any of them, but I would love to save him some money. What do you think? Will I really notice that much of a difference between options 1 and 3??
Post # 3
I don’t know a whole lot about diamonds, but 1.5 ct spread over 21 stones, I would think either one would look beautiful! Save the money. 🙂
Post # 4
Personally I would pick option 2, as I have a half-eternity band that’s comparable to it which I l-o-v-e. I was glad I sprang for the ideal cut diamonds. My engagement ring has small channel set diamonds (smaller than the small ones in the option 2) that are not of as good clarity or quality (VS2 and SI) and I can tell the difference between those and the ideal-cut stones in my half-eternity band in sparklyness. However, this may have something to do with the setting (prong versus channel set, with prongs letting in more light to the stones and a channel setting accumulating dirt more easily). So it would be a compromise between slightly smaller size for a better price but still the best quality diamonds.
Are the eternity bands prong-set? And will you be wearing them with an engagement ring, and if so what is its style? I liked the way the size of my wedding ring stones did not look overpowering alongside my engagement ring.
Post # 5
Thanks so much for the help!!! I really appreciate it. To answer your questions, the eternity band will be prong set. I will be wearing it alongside my engagement ring, which is a very simple white gold band with a 0.775 ct diamond. The band is a little bit thicker than normal bands as I really liked the look of it, and the diamond is AGS ideal cut, color grade 0, and clarity grade SI1. Does that help?
P.S. I hope this post doesn’t make me sound snotty, as I know people are having to cut costs with the way the economy is. If it helps, I was laid off as well and just accepted a job this week, which is why I’m even THINKING of splurging for the bigger one.
Post # 6
No, it doesn’t make you sound snotty at all! Congrats on your new job.
You asked if you will notice the difference between options 1 and 3. Well, remember you won’t be wearing the eternity rings next to each other, you will be wearing one next to your engagement ring, so that is the comparison that it’s important to consider. Does the jeweler have any examples so that you could compare real rings?
I think you would be safe (and happy) with option 3, if the 1.5 carat bands are what you want. The diamonds sound comparable in terms of cut and clarity to your big diamond in the engagement ring so they will look nice together. If you had a tip-top-quality diamond in your engagement ring (you know, the perfect kinds that cost 50K), then the less than ideal-cut eternity band diamonds would probably look duller in comparison.
When diamonds get that small, it’s at the discretion of the jeweler as to what qualifies as different cuts and clarities. The GIA/AGS do not rate any diamonds under .1 carats to my knowledge. Besides, a lot of what gives a ring its sparkle is how clean it is…even the best diamonds will look dingy if they haven’t been cleaned in awhile :).
Post # 7
I agree with st. pete bride – save the money and go for the 3rd one. it sounds like a beautiful band!
Post # 8
The "ideal cut" refers to the symmetry of the cut – an "ideal cut" diamond can be any quality. So the comparison of that with the clarity and color levels is really not that meaningful. Of two diamonds with the same clarity and color, the diamond with closest to the ideal cut will reflect more light, and so will look sparklier. You really need to ask, for the ideal cut options, what are the clarity and color of the stones – and for the third option, what is the level of deviation from ideal cut?
It’s also true that the setting will make a difference in the level of light reflection that you see. The size of the diamond will also affect that – obviously with larger stones you get more light reflection from the actual diamonds, as opposed to light reflection from just the setting. My wedding ring is all channel set diamonds, all 10 point (0.10 ct each) VS-SI, premium cut, and it is plenty sparkly – much more so than a friend’s ring in which the clarity and cut of the diamonds are both better but the stones are smaller.
As far as what you will like better, I would think that your jeweler should be able to show you an example of each for you to compare. Most jewelers realize that most customers are not going to be able to translate these numbers and letters into a good idea of what the ring will look like. If your jeweler doesn’t have sufficient stock on hand to show you, any reasonably large Zales or similar should.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Quick word of warning: Make sure the prongs holding the stones are platinum, not white gold. The rest of the ring can be WG, but platinum is stronger, so it’s much safer and more secure for the diamonds. Good luck!
Post # 10
I had an issue with an eternity band. Since my finger is so small (4) the band will have larger individual stones because of the smaller surface area. keep that in mind if it applies to you.