Sacrifice Colour or Clarity – Engagement Diamond Ring – HELP?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Go for the J with better clarity. Since it is excellent cut polish and symmetry it will appear whiter.GIA graded J ‘s are still very white.It will sparkle like no ones bussiness! Si2 will more than likely have visible inclusions and is not triple excellent. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Lower color and better clarity as long as the cut is amazing, I’d follow cmbr’s advice and check it with the HCA calculator.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

If the G is eyeclean then I say go for it, but being an SI2 it likely isn’t. As for the J, is the cut of the stone ideal? If it isn’t you’re very likely not going to be happy with a J coloured stone, it will show a fair amount of colour, though having an ideak cut J would help hide the colour a bit – CUT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN THE 4Cs*. Also, are you planning to set the diamond in a setting with a halo or side diamonds? Something to keep in mind would be the contrast between the J and the side diamonds (usually F-H colored). Honestly, if the G isn’t eyeclean I’d say to keep looking. 

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Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2047

First comes the cut, then the clarity. You can see that the color doesn’t really matter that much 😉

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

It depends on the J stone, it depends on the inclusion. Any chance you can see them both in person? I’ve seen some j stones that have a brownish tint and others with a yellowish tint, and i would prefer a buttery yellow to a brownish tint.

 

some inclusions are more noticeable than others. Personally I think crystal inclusions can be awesome – it’s an extra diamond or a different stone in there, like peridot or garnet! How cool is that? If it is a streak, or a carbon spot, or something else big and dark and visible that isn’t as nice. But not all inclusions are created equal.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have an SI2. Love it! I don’t understand why people pay a premium for a VVS when you can’t see any imperfections anyhow!

*Mind Blown*

Post # 11
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Busy bee

 

Harriet1234:  I would def. try to see it in person. I would focus more on clarity if the color is about the same. There will not be much of a difference between G and J. Depends on the lighting.

But, VVS2 and SI1 may have a huge difference. Mine is VVS2 and looks perfect to he naked eye. My friends has to be in the low S/ high I range and looks terrible (sorry friend). It looks very cheap and has tons of black specs that are very obvious even on first glance.

 

*I would say the cut of hers was probably fair to poor, though. It did not have much depth, so the inclusions were much more visible. Mine is excellen cutt, so it is very sparkly. if it did have inclusions, it would be harder to tell.

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Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

Harriet1234:  I’d go with the J, unless the G is eye clean (may or may not be–you’d have to see in person).

TheMrsTulip:  Not all SI stones are created equal.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

MissMarple:  Never said they were. All I said was I don’t understand why people pay a premium for a clarity of VVS.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

TheMrsTulip:  Oh you mean in general? I think sometimes it’s psychological (some people feel better buying higher clarity grades) and sometimes it’s purely logical (larger carat sizes show more inclusions, step cuts don’t hide inclusions well, etc)

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