How do you prioritise your Cs?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What's your most important C?
    Cut : (45 votes)
    74 %
    Colour : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Clarity : (7 votes)
    11 %
    Carat : (7 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
    1223 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Orientalla:  You did great. It will be cut as number 1 priority, followed by color, clarity, then carat.  As far as what I got, I don’t have a ring yet. My fiance is just graduating and he can’t afford a diamond right now. In the meantime he is getting me a simulant, a mossanite which will be replaced with a real diamond down the road.

    Post # 3
    48 posts

    1. cut

    2. clarity

    3. carats

    4. color

    Post # 4
    1907 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

    SoonMrsCrocker2:  moissanite isnt a simulant. It is a gemstone in its own right.

    Post # 5
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    mezmryzed:  Found on internet and accurate:

    “#1 priority should be cut. A great cut is what creates desirable fire, brilliance, and scintillation, and, especially in a RB, will also help hide body color so you afford to go lower in color and still be fine.

    Then it”s a toss-up between color and clarity. If you want to maximize your pennies you want to go by what your eye can see. In other words, if you don”t notice any yellow in an I, then you can go down that low. If the inclusions in a SI1 are not visible to the naked eye, then go for it. However, you might be one of those people who is sensitive to color or has an eagle-eye, so it is definitely important to go to some local stores and see what your level of tolerance is.”


    “Cut is king.<br />Long live the king.<br /><br />Clarity: A stone identified by a reputable lab or appraiser as SI or above (VS, VVS, FL) should appear “eye clean.” This is commonly the goal for someone purchasing a diamond which will not be examined under a loupe or microscope). Be sure of this yourself, however (see summary) <br /><br />Color: This goes to personal preference (some people prefer warmer colors). If you prefer colorless or near-colorless, bear in mind that a well cut stone can appear more colorless than a stone of average cut with the same color grade. Well cut stones can also appear slightly larger than their average cut counterparts due to increased light return.<br /><br />Summary: In all cases, buy the stone, not the paper (meaning have an appraiser and/or trusted vendor examine it for you as well as viewing it yourself…If you buy over the internet most vendors have an ample examination/return period).”

    Post # 7
    8589 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I ended up with a G color si1 very good cut round diamond. I always thought cut would be top priority for me but I knew I wanted a certain size diamond. So as long as it’s eye clean and sparkles beautifully I’m all for it. Color isn’t important to me at all because I really love diamonds of all colors.

    Post # 8
    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Orientalla:  Cut, carat (I love big rocks), eye clean and faces of white.  I also trusted my sales lady to pick something out that allowed for the biggest rock.  I’m sensitive to color- I like the white stones.  I tried a few RB with a lower color grade GHJ range and I couldn’t stand the warmth.  She brought a cushion cut stone that was a J cushion cut and I fell in love.  The warmth is there, but it also faces up very white.  

    Post # 9
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Orientalla:  I never understood the importance of cut until I received my first diamond, an excellent cut, from DH. I have since had the opportunity to see diamonds with lesser cuts, and I truly appreciate the sparkle that comes from an excellent cut now.

    I suppose if I had to choose what would come second, it would be a toss-up between color and carat weight.

    Clarity would be last on my list. Inclusions don’t bother me unless they are big and glaring. 

    Post # 10
    1903 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: TBD

    1. Cut

    2. Carat

    3. Color

    4. Clarity

    I had no say in my ring/diamond because it was all a complete surprise, but FI did perfectly. You can compromise certain things to save thousands. 

    I recieved a 1.33 ct, H color, H&A ideal cut, vs2. the cut added price but also a lot of sparkle! I love big stones but getting a 1.3 saved lots of money by going less than a 1.5 (what I always said I wanted). Same with color and clarity, my stone is near colorless and eye clean but going for an h vs2 saves a lot of money!

    Post # 11
    1834 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

    1. Cut

    2. Color

    3. Carat

    4. Clarity

    Post # 12
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: Atrium at the Curtis Center

    Cut for sure because that’s where the sparkle comes from. Then color for me.

    One tip we learned from our jeweler is that it is possible to get great value out of a stone that “faces up” nicely in terms of clarity. Diamonds are evaluated point up but they are set point down. There are some “blemishes” that don’t affect the way the stone reflects when it is set. Plus, most of the blemishes aren’t visible to the human eye.

    Post # 13
    3018 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 


    I put a different C first – conflict free. I don’t want to have any part of a ring that symbolizes my lifelong relationship with the person I love be tainted by even the barest possibility of being part of a system that caused people to be beaten, killed, exploited, evicted from what little tribal lands their government had set up for them decades before the discovery of diamonds or forced to retire at 35 with few savings due to poor working conditions which left them broken after 100 hour work weeks. 

    Then I put cut, because I love the sparkle. Third I put cost, because there is no way I want my SO to feel that I need or want a stone expensive enough to put a real dip in savings. The ring has to be under a certain costr I won’t feel comfortable.

    Fourth is clarity – there are some specific inclusions I think would be kind of cool, like crystal (which basically means there is an extra diamond inside your diamond, or an extra different crystal like garnet or olivine) fifth is colour (if there is an undertone of colour I want it to be buttery not brown but no biggie) and sixth, carat. The price range and other factors basically determine what the max size can be. 


    Post # 14
    3243 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1997

    There is no doubt that cut matters most. After that, it is all about the specific stone, IMO. Although I’d never pay for a clarity grade higher than VS2 because there are so many beautiful and clean stones in that range, it depends on the specific stone. I have no issue with an inclusion that can be hidden under a prong or that cannot be seen from the top, and colour generally doesn’t bother me until stones get to J. Other people’s eyes have different preferences, and some people want to be able to say they have a flawless stone. If that’s important to them, then who am I to argue? But size mattered more to me than paying for clarity or colour that didn’t bother me.

    Post # 15
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    1. Cut

    2. Clarity (I don’t want to see inclusions)

    3. Carat

    4. Color (warmth doesn’t bother me as long as it sparkles like crazy!)

    But, I decided to not compromise on any of them, and went with an Amora Gem, 2.46ct, E color, Ideal cut, Internally Flawless clarity. Now I just need to figure out how to set i!

    Leave a comment

    Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

    Find Amazing Vendors