Post # 1
If you shopped with your Fi for your engagement ring, what were the most important of the 4C’s? Mine are cut, color, clarity, and carat in order of most to least importance. I am trying to figure out what is the best trade off between clarity and carat at the moment. I want a round execellent cut, DEF range for color, and clarity above VS2. Carat would like to be above 1.2 but budget is the restraint. So trying to decide if i should get a vs2 so I have a bit more weight or get the best clarity at VVS2+ and stick with a smaller carat weight?
Post # 3
#1 priority was “cut”. A well-cut diamond has much more sparkle than a lesser-quality cut.
For “color” and “clarity”, all I cared about was near-colorless and eye-clean. On your finger, you won’t be able to tell the difference between an E or a G. And as long as there are no large inclusions, you’re good.
For “carat” I just wanted what looked appropriate for my hand. I originally thought I wanted 1 ct, then I tried some on and it looked overpowering on my finger, so I started looking for a .5-.75 ct, the diamond I got was .61 ct.
I would not sacrifice on cut at all. Cut is king.
Color and clarity is where you can make up the difference to get a bigger carat if you want; without sacrificing the appearance of your ring.
My diamond: http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/7201/
Post # 4
Okay, so I don’t know enough about this to comment as thoroughly as you guys have, but the most important thing to me was style and the cut. I didn’t want a round stone because every other woman in my family has one, so I was looking for something a little different. I also really liked that my princess cut is really shiny. My trade off was definitely the size. The stone itself has a little bit of a tint to it as well, but that doesn’t really bother me.
Post # 5
when we were looking at diamons clarity wasnt an issue. obviously i didnt want an ugly stone but at the same time if i needed the magnifying glass to see it it wasnt an issue.
Post # 6
I’m ring shopping right now (okay, marching orders have been given to the fiance) since we got engaged months ago and haven’t yet picked out a ring.
I studied geology AND gemology in school, which is fortunate or unfortunate depending upon how you look at it. Haha.
But to your question, #1 priority for me has been cut. If you get a huge, near-colorless diamond with no inclusions but an average cut, I think that’s a huge waste of money. The reason being is that the “fire” many are looking for relies upon precision cuts – the way the light enters and exits the diamond all depends upon the table.
ALSO – if you get an ideal cut diamond, it will seem “whiter” than it actually is.
My #2 is clarity, #3 is carat and my #4 is color.
I’m shopping for ethical I ideal cut diamonds, but willing to go to J.
Post # 7
@zagora: So how are you determing what is a excellent or good cut? Solely by they GIA report or are you trying to familiarize yourself with the ideal angles for each facet and its ratio to the diamond? Cut is my #1 concern too!
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Post # 9
I got all the 4C’s right but traded off flourescence. I suggest not to do that. I didn’t know there was more past the 4C’s. I freaked out when my ring started glowing green!
Post # 10
thats UV light by the way! I thought strong flourescense was a good thing. So my color is E, VS1 Clarity, Excellent cut, Carat weight .36 (perfect for us). But glowing green.
Post # 11
My priority first was “cut and colour” and then carat and last was clarity because it can only be seen with 10 x magnification.
My Cut was very good, Colour was “D”, carat was 0.91 and clarity was VS2
Post # 12
Mine was cut, color, then clarity in that order. My Fiance only considered Ideal cuts, F or G color and only above VS1, and at least 1.5. He also looked for a diamond with faint or no flouresence.
Post # 13
Well I know about the 4 C’s but they didn’t enter into my diamond buying experience too much! I always feel a bit weird posting about this…since most people seem to care a lot more than I do. I knew I wanted a round brilliant cut diamond and chose one in the size I wanted. The colour was F which I thought was good (looks very white) and it looks sparkly so I didn’t second guess the cut. The clarity is I2 – which doesn’t sound very good – but I have to look closely to see the little black mark that is the inclusion. You can’t see it but from a certain angle. I sent the stone back once to trade it in for one where the inclusion was less obvious.
ETA: We went ring shopping together and I was supposed to choose the ring I wanted 🙂
Post # 14
My most important was cut above all. I even started comparing table ratios and all those numbers you don’t normally think about! Then clarity (because it’s an emerald cut). Color and carat came after those. I also looked at flourescence. So yeah, basically, I paid attention to everything!
Post # 15
First priority was cut. I got the hearts on fire/hearts and arrows cut (what it is called depends on the store) and certified excellent.
Post # 16
Mine were cut, carat, color, clarity in that order….Fortunately Fiance made all of them priority and I got the ring of my dreams, he didn’t slack on any of the 4 Cs. He figured “go hard or go home” when you’re spending that kind of money, he just wanted to make a good investment and make sure I was totally happy. He is a lovely sweet man and I get to marry him in 34 days:)
Since other people posted their stats, I will, even though I’ve gotten blasted for it before….Fiance got me a GIA 1.53 tcw excellent cut brilliant round diamond, and it’s VS1 and J color. Then he put it in my dream Tacori bloom setting, the 2620, and I have no idea what the diamonds are in the setting. I only know the center stone details because he took the diamond-buying process very seriously and he was really proud of what he got after having the jewelry store bring in a ton of different diamonds. My diamond has more fire than anything I’ve ever seen and I love my Tacori setting!