How important is diamond quality for very small diamonds?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: How important is quality for small pave diamonds?
    Important - do not sacrifice quality for price : (23 votes)
    62 %
    Less important - you will hardly notice quality when diamonds are so small : (14 votes)
    38 %
    None of the above - see comments : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    1431 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

    I think colour is less noticeable in small stones, but clarity and cut are still really important to make sure they sparkle. Nothing worse then loads of tiny flat looking stones because they are not well cut and full of inclusions

    Post # 3
    326 posts
    Helper bee

    You should be fine with anything above a G on color… You can move down to SI1, you’ll have to be picky because when you have a nice VS2 stone you’ll be able to see differences in low quality diamonds surrounding it.

    Post # 4
    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    It’s not just color of clarity of the melee, you also want to be concerned with the cut (well cut melee will sparkle more, although, it is hard to figure out how well cut it is since melee are usually not certified).  There are also many different types of melee (full cut, single cut etc).  You would most likely want to match the color of the center stone within reason – I think you would be fine with F/G melee.  Another point to add here is that melee are not certified by GIA or AGS. You want to make sure you trust the seller you are working with and enjoy the quality of the melee they use. 


    Post # 5
    1317 posts
    Bumble bee

    My small diamonds are the same quality as my main stone. i don’t know of it’d be noticeable if they weren’t but I like knowing it’s all matching because i’m a bit anal like that haha


    Post # 6
    1201 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    I would think that cut makes the difference, I’ve seen diamonds that look like sand..but others are like tiny fireworks! If they don’t sparkle they may as well be glass.

    Post # 7
    2064 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1987

    Get good quality stones and find a jeweller who knows what they are doing.  A speck of black affects the overall look of small stones more than big stones and so clarity is important.  Colour will need matching carefully.  Table size of the smaller stones will need to be considered so that the brightness of the smaller stones matches the brightness of the big stone.

    Don’t skimp.  Your main stone is such good quality you don’t want to spoil it by using dark and dull melee.

    Post # 8
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I think that you should probably get as close to the color of your center stone as your budget allows. But since you’ve already got E, maybe you can go as low as G? You may need to see your stone next to different color small ones to see where it’s too different for you. Normally, when I see poorly matched halos, it’s the center stone that shows color, so you might be safer with a good quality center and lower quality in your setting.

    Tiny diamonds are not graded on cut, so that’s somewhat irrelevant in this case. 

    Post # 10
    1662 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Chicpeas:  I think it’s very important. My wedding band is GH VS-VVS and it is markedly, noticeabley more brilliant than the small stones on my HIJ SI engagement ring. I’d never have thought it would make a big difference, especially since the cut grade is the same on both rings. I can see all the facets and cutlet on each little stone if I look closely, it’s pretty darn cool. 

    The only problem is now I’m so picky about diamonds. I want to buy some earrings but nicer diamonds are so much more expensive.

    Post # 11
    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Chicpeas:  I would consider it lower quality yes, but I bought a BN ring with 42 side stones that were H/SI1-2 average and that thing sparkled like a mofo. However the diamond color I chose was J, so it didn’t make much of a difference. 

    With your E VS2 I would say to look for SI1 G at the minimum. James Allen has a lot in that category. 

    One example:


    ETA: Sorry. I realised you want a halo. These are some others:

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  akirasan.
    Post # 12
    1029 posts
    Bumble bee

    mazzoffee:  I agree with you. I have smaller diamonds on my wedding bands and their just as good of quality as my center stone. Definitely think having diamonds of poor quality against a good quality stone will be very noticeable and not in a good way. 

    Post # 13
    5392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Chicpeas:  I have a cluster so the 7 centre stones are just 0.07ct each. I wanted quality though so went for D VVS1s, excellent cut; I wanted the melee in the halo to match. 

    You can totally tell the difference in all 3 areas (cut, clarity and colour) from my original ring which was approx H-I, SI2, good cut. 

    Tiny diamonds are pretty inexpensive so to me it makes little sense to scrimp on them and I would definitely match the diamonds in the halo to the centre stone. In my case the difference in cost between D colour VVS1 stones and F colours VS2 was £275 (0.66 TCW), which is negligible. 

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