Post # 1
There have been alot of engagements within the last few months, including mine. I was wondering, when it comes to your engagement ring would you rather have a decent size stone with good quality (under 1.5 ct, D-F color, IF-VVS2) or a bigger size and lesser quality(over 1.5, G-J color, VS1-SI2)? For me, quality meant more than quantity. What about you?
Post # 3
When we first looked at diamonds, I had a jeweler lay out three stones for me and ask me to pick the largest. It turned out that the one I picked had the smallest carat weight. The quality of the diamond and the cut made it look larger, as it threw more light. There are some quality issues that don’t make a difference. My diamond has a very small feather, which doesn’t make any difference in the appearance. So while I think quality matters much more than quantity, I think that past a certain point you are paying for quality that won’t actually make any difference in appearance.
Post # 4
Definitely QUALITY for me
Post # 5
I’d say quality, but only to a point.
For example, for a woman who likes yellow gold, color might not be quite as important as a woman who will have a platinum or white gold ring, because the white metal will show up any yellowing in the stone, whereas yellow gold won’t be so much of a contrast. So you could easily get a G or H colored stone with little to no visible effect.
As for clarity, I think that as long as you’re above VS2, there’s really no visible difference to the eye in terms of inclusions. So I wouldn’t think that getting a VS1 stone would really be "settling." But any lower than that, and you’re risking visible inclusions. Then again, if the inclusion will be hidden by a prong or the setting, who cares, really?
I think cut is something you shouldn’t compromise on, because it’ll determine how much your stone sparkles, which is the whole reason for getting a diamond (high refractive index).
Bottom line: as long as the lesser quality doesn’t interfere with the beauty of the stone, I’d say go for it. Diamonds lose most of their (resale) value the moment you put the ring on your finger, so a single difference in grade won’t make a huge difference. But if it’s going to compromise the overall look of the stone, it’s not worth it. I wouldn’t wear a low-quality diamond (meaning yellowish and full of visible inclusions), no matter how big it was.
Post # 6
I agree with tanya2s
I’m glad my FI opted for a perfect cut and am also perfectly ok that everything else isn’t perfect. As long as there are no visible inclusions, I really didn’t see the point in getting a flawless diamond – provided VS1,2,VVS1,2 only have flaws which can be seen with special equipment.
My ring costed about half as much as a friend on mine’s (and her’s is smaller – but more "perfect") and mine looks just as nice!
Post # 7
for me, the size wasn’t as impt as the cut. i really wanted my stone to shine shine shine, so my now-husband did a great job in picking out a great quality stone that’s cut almost perfectly. where my inclusions are nearly invisible even under the 10x magnification, and the color isn’t yellow, but not the whitest white either. so quality definitely won over than quantity for me.
Post # 8
I definitely think quality is more important versus quantity. A huge diamond of lower quality just looks bad, IMHO. Many people have commented that they have seen my ring sparkle and gleem from across a room and have come over to look at it. To me that speaks volumes.
Post # 9
It is an individual thing. I really wanted a cushion cut that had no color and would look good on my hand. Though my ring has flaws visible with equipment and one small inclusion that I swear I can see (everyone else says I am crazy) — I wanted the D color because it looks fabulous in the light and my hands are so small that a smaller diamond looks big on me.