Is using low grade diamonds in a halo around a higher grade one a bad idea?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you use these diamonds in a halo around a G coloured stone?
    YES-go for it, they're very tiny and the difference won't matter at that size : (23 votes)
    58 %
    NO-the difference in quality between the stones is too great : (17 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    @lavenderstone:  I think the difference is far too great! Id stick with an SI2 at the very least for sidestones, it makes the world of difference, imo!

    Post # 4
    Member
    1170 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2002

    @lavenderstone:  I probably wouldn’t do that.  It isn’t going to save you that much money.  Your loose stone is very nice quality.  I’d go with similar quality for your melee.  

    My loose was G IF (so neary identical to yours) and I ordered melee in G VS for my halo.  I think I paid right at $30/melee (1.0mm/half pointers) a lot of that cost was the setting fee.  My jeweler said it really isn’t much more expensive to go up in quality on melee (few bucks per stone).  

    My shank is eternity with lower quality melee though, but I wanted higher quality surrounding the diamond itself.  

    Post # 5
    Member
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I don’t think it matters very much, except that you definitely want them to be clear and sparkly, you definitely don’t want any grey or cloudy stones! I think they’d stand out badly

    Post # 7
    Member
    1170 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2002

    @lavenderstone:  Thank you very much!!  Can’t wait to see your finished ring!! 

    Post # 8
    Hostess
    9919 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @lavenderstone:  my ering is a halo.  Centre stone is VVS2, I colour.  The halo is SI1-2 HIJ colour diamonds.  You really can’t tell.  I don’t know how much better the G colour is – I’m not that colour sensitive personally.  I think the setting you choose and the metal colour will make a difference.

     

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    9919 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @lavenderstone:  nope, she sparkles something fierce 🙂 
    i love it when it’s sunny, I throw rainbows everywhere! 

    Because your tiny stones were already selected to be in a halo I think you’d be okay.  If you had a collection of random tiny diamonds it would be different, but those have already been selected to go together and probably all look very similar.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1470 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d say stay within 1-3 color grades of your center. I think you could go down to SI-SI2 even, but with stones that small, it’s not terribly expensive to improve their quality and coloring and it’d be worth it to not have their dullness potentially take away from your center stone.

    Post # 13
    Member
    2047 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My halo has G-H’s.  My center stone is an I.  So mine is a little opposite but I don’t think its a bad idea at all.

    Post # 15
    Member
    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    My jeweler said to go always go with the same color/clarity or higher for the halo as/than your center stone so you can have maximun sparkle and not look off…

     

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