Post # 1
I have been engaged for about 6 months. My fiance picked out the engagement ring on his own (with a few hints from me). (I sent him about 5 pictures of different styles I liked). Anyways I love my ring. It is a Henri Daussi design with a .81ct center diamond and has a micro pave double halo with a split shank band. In all the tcw is about 1.35 ct. It has pretty good specs the center diamond is colorless with VS1 clarity. It sparkles like crazy! I am not sure exactly what my fiance paid for it but I do know that it is valued at $7,400. I have never had any doubts about my ring until this past weekend. My fiance was in a wedding where we saw several of our college friends we havn’t seen in several months. One of my sorority sisters grabbed my hand and explained this is exactly what she wanted but bigger! She said (boyfriend) better spend at least $6,000 on my ring. I am not sure how much she thinks my ring is worth so I said well mine has pretty good specs so it is more expensive than you think. She then said she found a ring online that is similar to mine but has a 1.7 ct center diamond that only cost $6,500. Other girls started gathering and talking about how they don’t care about the quality of their diamonds in thier rings as long as they are huge. I had honestly never thought about this. In my opinion I would rather have better quality diamonds that are going to look beautiful for a lifetime and that I can pass down to my children someday. I am very curious as to what you all think. Would you rather have better quality diamonds that are smaller or bigger diamonds that are not as good quality?
Oh and here is a picture of my ring for reference.
Post # 2
A little of both. I suffer from fat finger syndrome, so I couldn’t get something teeny tiny without it looking like I’m wearing a quarter ring from a machine, but I also didn’t really have a specific amount of carats I wanted either. My ring is pretty modest, we paid a little under $500 for it with insurance, it has a 1/2 carat of diamonds.
I’m currently dreaming of this pink tourmaline ring as an upgrade though, haven’t found bands I want to go with it, yet
Post # 3
I want a happy medium. I don’t need the highest quality diamond, but I’d rather have something sparkly than dull! I got a bigger diamond and sacrificed the clarity to get it, but its nearly colorless, excellent cut, polish, symmetry, etc. For what we paid, we could have gotten a 2+ carat diamond of lesser quality or a 1.2-1.3 diamond of perfect quality, but I was happy with something in the middle.
Post # 4
I will always choose a good quality diamond with heartbeat. A good quality diamond appear bigger than it looks like becaue it shine better. I honestly think 0.80 cart is a good size already.
What’s the point to get a huge diamond but it’s dull??? If size is a factor, I will choose Moissy.
Post # 5
Both or at leasta a good balance of both! I wanted a VS2 (or above) and G (or above), and at least a carat. As much as I want 2ct, I wouldn’t want a included poorly cut one, and as much as I want quality, I dont need a IF, D color if it meant getting something tiny.
Post # 6
Frankly, I got a happy medium. Cut was most important to me. Size to my husband. He wanted over a carat. So we got super ideal cut (with elcellent polish and symmetry, etc) and 1.3 carats. It sparkles like crazy because of the cut. We sacrificed a little on color. I can’t remember what mine is but it isn’t colorless. It has flouresence, so that makes it look white, and I don’t mind a little warmth anyway. Anyway, I would have had a higher quality color had we picked one in the carat range, but my husband didn’t think that was big enough.
Post # 7
BTW, I think your ring is pretty, and with a double halo, anything too big in the middle is just going to look cocktail and too blingy, I think. I like the size of your center stone. In fact, the other halo I really like on here, I think her center stone is about .8 as well. I just don’t think you need bigger.
Post # 8
ansmith1530: I’d be more for quality than size. I don’t understand the appeal of a giant rock if the stone isn’t fun and sparkly to look at. Also I have short fingers so big rings look totally ridiculous on me!
That being said, I’m of the mind that neither quantity or quality is really “necessary”. My husband “proposed” to me the first time with a hose clamp and although he said he’d give me a real proposal with a real ring, I said I’d marry him in a heartbeat even if he didn’t. Sentiment is more important to me than size or quality.
Post # 9
I want a big ring with great quality lol dont we all?
But honestly everyone knows a 2 ct diamond that is a crappy cut and speckled with inclusion is not going to be pretty. lol
Post # 10
I’d rather have better quality diamonds. I don’t particularly like large sized stones (my current ring is a 1.5 radiant and I think it’s too big. They just didn’t have a smaller sized stone that wasn’t ridiculously small.) I would prefer a higher quality stone just in case an inclusion would compromise the structure and durability of the stone and would inevitably cause it to crack or chip. Also lower quality stones don’t have the sparkle and shine of higher quality stones.
Post # 11
i was very fortunate to be able to use my grandmother’s high quality, larger than average diamond for my ering.
but i always would choose for quality over quantity.
Post # 12
I’m super klutzy, and didn’t want a ring I would fuss over, so we went with basically a perfect diamond, but only 1/3ct, I love it to bits! I had a jeweller come up to me at a gathering. He said he had spotted my diamond from across the room and that it was so beautiful, my little 1/3ct!
I agree with a previous poster, if all you care about is size, why not just go with moissy. An included and poorly cut diamond won’t sparkle no matter what size it is.
Your ring is lovely, I think that any larger and it wouldn’t suit your finger as it does now. Plus better quality diamonds sparkle like crazy!
Post # 13
ansmith1530: That girl is in for a rude awakening when she realizes how terrible the quality of a 1.7 carat diamond AND a setting for $6,500 will be. I would love to see the actual specs Lol. Yikes! Bigger diamonds show their flaws more too, so that thing will probably end up looking a hot mess and not sparkling very much. Personally I would never want a huge, super included diamond because the poor quality would be super obvious!
Like a PP mentioned, I would rather have both, or a nice compromise between the two. 🙂
Post # 14
ansmith1530: A 1.7ct for 6k? Uhh yeah, whatever lol. I do not see how you could get a stone that size that cheap, even with awful specs.
To answer your question, generally speaking I would prefer quality over size, but it depends what size and quality we’re talking if that makes sense eg I probably wouldn’t go below 0.25ct for a solitaire, and I have a lowest quality/specs I would go to (H SI2 triple X). If I couldn’t get a diamond in that size with those specs or better I just wouldn’t buy one. So I guess for me it’s a bit of both.
Post # 15
A good balance of both. My ring came with the center stone, and it was .52 carats. In a year, I will upgrade to a full carat, stone is G color and F cut. I think your ring looks fabulous.