(Closed) If you have the choice, would you rather have a…

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you rather have...
    Bigger solitaire ring but not a great quality diamond : (37 votes)
    21 %
    Smaller solitaire ring with a diamond that is great quality : (143 votes)
    79 %
  • Post # 3
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Before I would’ve said a bigger diamond that was in-between quality.  But Fiance picked out a diamond with great quality and its so worth it.

    Post # 4
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    With diamonds, if you want it to sparkle you should go with quality over size.

    Do you know the other c’s on each of those diamonds?

    Have you looked for lose stones online?

    If you want to PM me your budge for a stone I can help you look for larger stones in your budges that still have good color and clarity.

    Sites like adiamor.com, bluenile.com, and others allow you to search for lose stones by size, price, color, clarity, shape, etc.

    My Fiance sprung for a colorless stone that is internally flawless. I have never seen ANYTHING so sparkly. We looked at bigger diamonds of lower quality when on vacation and they just didn’t catch the light the same way. Some looked cloudy. Others have VISIBLE black marks or chips in them.


    ETA: Going through an online retailer you can often get stones cheaper than at a brick and mortar jewelry store since the online retailers don’t have to pay for overhead of owning a storefront. Most of them also accept returns with full refunds so if you get the stone and don’t like it, you can send it back. Or if you get it appraised and it’s not what you thought it would be, you can send it back.

    Post # 5
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m going to say it depends. I don’t think you need a D color internally flawless diamond for it to sparkle but if we’re talking visible flaws on the larger diamond then yes you should go smaller.

    Post # 6
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    you can tell when someone sacrifices on the quality for a bigger ring. some of the c’s aren’t as noticeable, but to go up half a carat you’d have to downgrade a few of them. higher quality rings are so much shinier – it’s true they look bigger!

    Post # 7
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Definitely smaller but better quality. Maybe you should go in and look at the two stones side by side? I bet if you see a crazy sparkly white .75 ct sitting next to a dull yellowish 1.5 your decision will be a lot easier 🙂 

    Post # 8
    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It really makes a huge difference on which “C” is the lower quality.  For me, it’s more important that the color is clear (I didn’t want any yellowness) – but as far as clarity, as long as I can’t see a flaw with the naked eye, I could care less that it’s there.  My Fiance went to a wholesaler for my 1.12 center stone and we bought the setting from a respected family-owned jeweler.  We had my ring appraised for insurance and it appraised at $4,000 more than he paid.  The cut and color of my ring are excellent (I don’t have the technical terms with me right now) but the clarity had some imperfections.  I can’t see them and I LOVE my ring!

    Post # 9
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @CorgiTales: I second this. If you can go and look at the stone sitting side by side. The quality difference will most likely be very obvious.

    Post # 10
    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m all about quality, even if that means it’s smaller. 

    Post # 11
    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I mean, it really depends on what kind of quality you’re talking about. I would prefer a .5ct. D color over 2ct. J/K color..but if it’s difference between D and H, then it would matter less to me, and I would probably prefer something bigger. I agree with @milesbella regarding the clarity as well–if the flaws aren’t visible to me/the naked eye, then I don’t care about them.

    Post # 12
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Smaller and better quality – but to a point.  For me, if the clarity is such that I can’t see any imperfections with the naked eye – awesome, no need to go higher clarity than that.  Same goes for color – if I can’t see any color/yellowing with the naked eye – awesome, no need for a colorless diamond or anything.

    So for me as long as those Cs are good enough that to the naked eye I can’t see the flaws/color – then I’d go bigger.

    Post # 14
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @pinkstardustdesigns: Just keep in mind there is a difference between a yellow diamond (i.e. fancy colored diamond) and a diamond with yellow tinges (i.e. low on the color scale).

    I LOVE yellow/canary diamonds.

    Post # 16
    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have a triple excellents, 1.2ct, GIA certified rock and I am really happy with it! 🙂

    I don’t think I will ever upgrade to a bigger stone b/c every stone is unique and this one means a lot to me…

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