Post # 1
Alright ladies, HELP! I have already purchased the setting for hopefully, my soon to be wife. I am looking for a round loose diamond. I’ve talked to a few different jewelers and have done lots of research. My question is, how noticeable a difference would you see between a 2 ct and 2.2 ct stone? I can get a 2 ct stone with a G color and vs1 clarity for $1,500 less than I can get the 2.2 ct H color with vs1 clarity. I’m thinking that the lesser expensive stone is actually a better deal because it has better color and the difference in size is so small. I obviously want her to love it and hopefully be proud to wear it forever. If you had the choice to get a slightly larger stone but it had a little more color, or s slightly smaller stone with less color, what would you choose? Thanks for all your help! This has been an extremely hard decision for me.
Post # 3
better quality > size any day
Post # 4
is the color difference noticeable to the naked eye? I’ve seen some H colored stones that looked yellow or gray but I’ve seen others that looked indistinguishable from the G. Also, depending on which lab graded the stone the colors might actually be the same, (if the stones were rated by two separate labs).
Post # 5
One thing I’ve seen a lot of girls on here mention is the size of their fingers. The girls with a small ring size seem to prefer the smaller stone because it looks and feels better and still looks large. So maybe that might help you. As for the choosing between the two stones I don’t like stones that show yellow tint unless they are a solid deep yellow canary stone. So if you think it has a slight color to it then I’d get the smaller one. You can always upgrade later to a larger better quality stone.
Post # 6
Definitely go for the better quality! 100%
Post # 7
ALWAYS go for the better quality. The cut also makes a difference. the better the cut the more brilliant the sparkle. honestly the difference between 2.2 and a 2 is not that much… and make sure the size matches her fingers – if shes got skinny/dainty hands like me, a 2ct is HUUUUUGE so we opted for a smaller stone, ended up with about 1.16 center stone with side stones. still looks huge on my hand though and i dont feel like im gonna be mugged when i go out 🙂
Post # 8
Let me first say, way to go! Job well done on narrowing it down to what will be an amazing ring either way. In my opinion, go for the 2 carats in G color, I have the same color diamonds and love the clearness of them. Congrats and keep us posted with pics and the proposal!
Post # 9
Better quality is what will be noticed and will make a 2ct. ring look bigger!
Post # 10
go with the best quality you can. People are going to be looking at her hand a lot once you ask her!
Post # 11
Quality > Quantity… always! Definitely go for the 2 ct!!! Besides, 2 ct is still big : )
Post # 12
I agree – the quality/cut/color is more important than the size. I would get the 2 ct and save $1500! 0.2ct is a very small difference and probably not even noticeable at a 2ct size. And the color and clarity are a bit better too!
Post # 13
I definitely say quality over size. The diamonds in my 3 stone ring aren’t that big BUT they sparkle like no other because they are incredible quality. The difference between 2 and 2.2 carat weight isn’t THAT noticeable, but the difference in quality can often be really obvious! Good luck 🙂 I’m sure she’ll love whatever you choose!
Post # 14
seroisuly get her a smaller stone that does not look YELLOW. I would not get anything lower than an E.
Post # 15
If it’s in a white gold setting the H would be disqualified, rule of thumb is never go less than a G.
I also highly recommend JamesAllen.com, they have amazing loose diamonds & excellent customer service.
Post # 16
I’ll be bold and say (as your poll shows) that almost every woman here on WB will choose quality over size in a ring, hands down.
The fact that it’s $1500 cheaper? Bonus!