Post # 1
I have a question that I was hoping you all could help me out with. My soon to be fiance and I went ring shopping about a month ago and I picked out my dream ring from Kay’s. It is a round Leo diamond, and it is a .99 carat, I color, SI2 clarity, and a “good” rating on the cut. I absolutely love it and it sparkles like crazy on my finger 🙂 I went back to Kay’s this past weekend with my boyfriend to see if the ring was resized so when he proposes to me I don’t have to worry about sending it off for a week. I looked at the diamond through the loupe and inspected it closely from the top and there are no visible inclusions that I could see. But when I turn my diamond to the side, there is a tiny inclusion near the girdle of the diamond that is notiable if you are looking very closely at the diamond. I asked the sales woman at Kay’s about this and she said that the diamond is only judged as “eye clean” when you do not see any visable inclusions from the top of the ring, and the sides of the diamond are not taken into consideration when determining that. Granted, the inclusion is a tiny clear white bubble so it isn’t noticable when I wear the ring on my finger. I asked if they could call around to see if they had a ring that was an SI1 in clarity so I could compare them side by side, but not other stores in the mall had one in the style that I wanted (and neither did the Kay’s at the other local mall). My question is should I look further for a ring that meets all the specifications above and is ranked an SI1 in clarity or should I just stick with my current ring? My current ring is already resized and my boyfriend is planning on purchasing it on December 6th since that is when Kay’s has their big jewelry sale (the ring is currently on layaway). I am just afraid that if I look further for a diamond I will end up with one with a more noticable inclusion than the one I currently have. I also am apprehensive about getting a diamond online since pictures can only show you so much and my boyfriend and I may be moving in a few years so it makes more sense to buy from a jewelry store chain that can be found almost anywhere. I just don’t know what to do??? I love this ring and it looks amazing when I wear it. And the tiny inclusion can be used as a nice “birthmark” to check for when I get my ring cleaned and it is in a spot where it can be covered with a prong. I just would like more opinions before we make the plunge and commit to that ring. Thank you all so much! 🙂
Post # 2
Personally, I would keep it. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY is going to be looking at your ring that hard to see it. As long as it shines on your finger, that is all people will notice. Congrats on finding a ring you love and your upcoming engagement!
Post # 2
It sounds like the inclusion is not noticeable to the naked eye so no one else will know. And when dealing with large chain stores a “birthmark” can be a good thing. If you love the way it looks I say keep it!
Post # 3
I think you should keep it!
Post # 5
I don’t think the inclusion sounds like a big deal but I would compare it to an excellent cut in person and see what you think. “Good” is pretty low on the scale and sparkle is all about the cut. I would just check it out to be sure before you commit! A slightly smaller stone with better cut might look better to you.
Post # 6
I would keep it. It’s such a tiny inclusion, as you say, and you can’t see it when wearing it – you won’t even notice it, nor will anyone else!
I did trade in my stone because mine was a huge eyesore that only appeared when the ring was dirty. But – after a week of wearing it, and it had to be professionally cleaned in order to get it to go away again. Plus I could see the line just looking down at my hand – no close ups needed.
Before with the line, bottom right between two prongs:
I tried so hard to ignore it, but I couldn’t. It was so visible, and only after a week of wear. I would have kept it if it were every couple months it needed professional cleaning, but a week? Oi.
New stone, coincidentally with a more vivid color and sparklier flashes:
So really, it’s totally up to you. If it isn’t something that you feel will bother you, then I wouldn’t go through the effort. It sounds like a beautiful ring! And PP are right – no one’s going to notice but you. It sounds debatable if you even notice it as well!
Post # 7
Keep it, if it’s si1 and good cut and sparkles like crazy with an inclusion visible only from the side it is a good deal. in that category you will just waste time looking at diamonds that don’t sparkle as much or have similar inclusions.
Post # 8
LER1204: totally keep it. Most people dont examine your ring that closely.
Post # 9
Honestly, that’s an excellent SI2 if that is the only visible inclusion and light-play is not affected by clouds. I’d keep it.
Post # 10
I am surprised that the only inclusion that can be seen with an SI2 is a white crystal on the girdle. Is the stone certified?
I got this write-up from Good Old Gold, who I have followed for decades and is well respected.
” SI1, SI2 and SI3 SI is the abbreviation for “small inclusions” which now become “easy” (SI1), very easy (SI2), and almost obvious (SI3) to see under 10x magnification. In some SI’s the inclusions can be seen with the unaided eye. While you can pretty much expect what to see under a scope when you look at stones that are VVS and VS (really tiny imperfections), the SI clarity grade can range from quite a spectrum as there is more to see. The SI1 grade is still a pretty descent looking stone from the perspective of “under the scope”, but when you get into the grade of SI2 and then even SI3… well let me say this: Not all SI2’s are created equal. Diamonds become less rare as we move down the clarity scale. This clarity grade is probably the most popular (in brilliant cuts) for 2 reasons: The stone is still an “eye clean” diamond. The price difference between SI’s and VS’s is quite a jump! When the expression “eye clean” is used, this means observing the diamond “face up” as it is mounted in a ring and viewed from roughly half an arm’s length in distance. If you take an SI clarity (and even some VS’s) grade diamond and turn it face down, it is possible to see the imperfections (and/or even reflections of the imperfections) with the unaided eye. There’s nothing wrong with observing a diamond upside down when you’re inspecting it, but it could be an inaccurate representation of what the clarity really is.”
Now that might not answer your question but it might help in your decision. Personally? – I probably would not keep an SI2 if I could see an imperfection with my eyes (sans loupe).
Good luck and do let us know what you decide.
Post # 11
If it will bother you five years from now, and your FI is OK with you trading up a different stone, I’d do it.
When i bought my FI her e-ring, I bought it knowing that she may of wanted a different setting or stone and I was totally more then understanding if she wanted to change it up (she didn’t).
Post # 12
Cut matters more than clarity when it comes to sparkle/shine. If it is cut well it will sparkle fine! I say keep it, no one is going to notice the difference TBH.
Post # 13
If it really bothers you that it’s not visually perfect then I would say trade up. My ring has an inclusion according to my fiance but I haven’t seen it and dont intend to ever attempt to find it, apparently it appears as a small dark line but to my naked eye it blends in with the cut and setting. To me, my ring is perfect despite any supposed flaw because it’s perfect for me, I was also able to get a significantly biger stone than I would have gotten had my fiance chosen to go for one that was flawless. If it’s in budget and having no visible inclusions is important to you then I would say try to find a new one, otherwise I would personally stick with the one you’ve got and think of it as a “birthmark” or something that makes it unique to you!
Post # 14
I wouldnt personally buy a stone with just a ‘good’ cut. And if it’s not GIA certified it could be lower than good. I would only buy very good or excellent. You can get a lower clarity stone in an excellent cut and it will be prettier and sparklier in person.
Post # 15
I think Kay’s is a rip off. You can get am amazing one online that is a much better quality. Also my fiancé got my ring from Kay’s and we’ve had nothing but problems. If I could go back I would go online and get a better cut and better clarity. I love my ring don’t get me wrong but I had to take my ring back multiple times for them to make it right. It all started with them sizing it…