Post # 1
Kinda sad I cant talk about this subject with my girlfriends bc none of them are near getting engaged. So Im glad I have other wedding bees!
My bf is finally ring shopping (yay) and asked me what kind of rings I like. I wanted a 2 carat without compromising the other 3 C’s too much. He is a very picky guy himself and said he would refuse to get something with at a minimum very decent quality. BUT he also said he is not sure he will be able to find a pretty 2 carat given his budget, and chances are I will get a 1.75 carat which is much bigger than the average ring and I should be happy with it.
(Please dont kill me bees) but I almost wanted to cry, like a spoiled brat “But I want ittttttttt” He is more than right in sticking to his budget which is already generous enough (heck why are diamonds so expensive), he asked me to rate my priorities in the 4 C’s and I said they are cut and carat but that I really didnt want something with visible yellow stains or shades.
I love this man and I would marry him regardless or ring or not ring. I dont want to hurt the one I love financially or emotionally because of somthing material. So.. I am trying to prepare myself to receiving a 1.75 carat with a joyous heart. (LOL)
Ladies please show me your 1.75 CARAT SOLITAIRE center stones please!!!!
And please dont say: I have a 1 carat only you are complaining for nothing, each situation is different, each couple/city/background/context is unique, so please dont judge me!!
Post # 3
Ok. I am going to give you advice based on your question without judging. Hopefully, the Bees will do the same.
I think the two areas where you can “compromise” would be clarity and color.
Almost all VS2 (and even some SI1) diamonds have inclusions that can’t be seen without a loupe. I personally have an SI2 that has inclusions that are thankfully hidden by the prongs.
Unless you are extremely color sensitive, a G diamond is a great option because it is the first listed under “Nearly Colorless”.
I have a 2ct SI2 F excellent polish excellent symmetry cushion cut.
Post # 4
@brazilian_american: In reality the difference between 1.75 and 2 carats (assuming a round brilliant shape and that they are cut properly) is only .36 mm. Below is photo to show you the size different.
If you are going to put your money somewhere, make sure you put it into cut. An excellent cut diamond will sparkle and shine which can make the stone look larger than it is.
I have a 1.51 carat GIA-certified round brilliant diamond, F-color, Excellent Cut, Polish, and Symmetry, and SI1 clarity (eye clean) and I treasure it. Yeah the magic number of 2 carats would have been nice I absolutely adore my ring and continuously get comments by people, even those with larger center stones.
For the amount of money that my FI dropped on the diamond alone we could have gotten a 2 carat stone but would be compromising the color, cut, and clarity of the stone. My friend has a okay quality 2 carat and she is always talking about how she wishes she had put more thought into quality over size.