What's the lowest you would go on the 4Cs?…

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What are the lowest specs you would go to?
    >0.50ct : (26 votes)
    8 %
    0.50-0.99ct : (64 votes)
    19 %
    1.00-1.49ct : (46 votes)
    14 %
    1.5ct + : (24 votes)
    7 %
    Excellent cut : (61 votes)
    18 %
    Very good cut : (69 votes)
    21 %
    Good cut : (23 votes)
    7 %
    FL-IF : (4 votes)
    1 %
    VVS1-VVS2 : (16 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    2927 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    For an e-ring, it would be at least: 3/4ct, H in color, excellent cut, SI1

    What I have: 1.02, G in color, excellent cut, VS2

    Edited to add: For a RHR I am not nearly as picky, an I1 would work for me if it was not really cloudy, H-I in color, and I would not care about tcw

    Post # 5
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    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I would go to a 1.25ct, I color, SI2, Excellent cut

    What I have: 1.86ct, G color, SI2, Excellent cut

    Post # 6
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    2155 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    For an engagement ring I would probably go .75 carat, S1 Clarity (as long as it was eye clean and looked nice to me), and J color (depending on the shape). I would not sacrifice the cut. It would need to be the best cut they offer.

    Post # 7
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    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I would go to a 0.33 ct, I color, SI2, Excellent cut

    What I have: 0.33 ct, I color, SI1 , Excellent cut (H&A)

    We did not have a huge budget and I really didn’t want a huge ring so I ended up with as close to what I would have wanted to go to…had I wanted something bigger I probably would have gone non-diamond.

    Post # 8
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    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    My minimum cut was also kind of my maximum cut: “excellent” but also H&A with great ASET images.

    Minimum H color, minimum SI2 clarity as long as it’s eye-clean, because I can’t tell them apart from their “perfect” versions anyway. No minimum carat weight – just whatever our budget happened to get us.

    Ended up with D, Ex, .75, and I believe it’s SI1 but could be SI2… can’t remember off the top of my head. Nothing visible. 

    Post # 9
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    13020 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Got F/VS2/VG cut, would have gone as low as H/SI1/VG cut… and largest size that would fit in the budget.

    Post # 10
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    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    For me, my diamond buying soft spot is to go right down to I-J in color, but stay at VS2 clarity or above, the best cut possible (for rounds, 3X with a good HCA score), and find the biggest size for my budget within those parameters.

    I have a pendant that’s .33, J VS2, RHR that’s .34 I VS1, and just got .66 tw J VS2 studs, all GIA 3X – so you can see a pattern, lol. 

     My e-ring is just what I wanted – beautiful cut & polish, at least 1 carat, J color, VS2. I honestly wouldn’t want to go with specs any lower than that for a heart shaped diamond ering.

    Post # 11
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    1499 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would go as low as H/SI1/Ex Cut 0.75ct,

    What I have is G/VS2/Ex cut. 1.03 ct.

    I think cut is extremely important, and would sacrifice a bit of carat weight and colour to get the excellent cut.

    Post # 12
    Member
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d be willing to accept Ideal/Excellent cut, down to I colour, VS2 clarity, and the largest we can afford with those specs – hopefully not less than 0.7-0.75 carats.

    Ideally I’d like something Ideal/Excellent cut, no lower than H colour, no lower than VVS2 clarity, and the largest we can afford, hopefully 1 carat or larger.

    Post # 13
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m a pretty huge fan of “boarder diamonds”–The ones on the bottom rung of the top scale.

    Like how F is the lowest “colorless” diamond, VVS2, VG cut.

    Post # 14
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    851 posts
    Busy bee

    Carat: 1.20 Carat

    Clarity: VS2  Maaaaybe, SI1 but I prefer to stick to the VS1 – VS2 range. ANy higher and I’m paying a rpemium for soemthing that I cannot enjoy/observe and any lower and it could be visible or risk the integrity of the stone.

    Cut: Excellent

    Colour: My lowest would be I-J but preferrably G-H. Honestly, when your diamond is set very little to no colour will show in this range and with all the other specs being high, you will get a great price for a small compromise and a very beautiful diamond. The reality is in order to really observe colour in these diamonds you would have to have an unset diamond placed face down on a white background next to a D-E diamond to really note any discernible difference. That’s not a likely scenario at all 😛

    Post # 15
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    3372 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1997

    The bias in the poll is pretty clear. While the clarity listings are the same as GIA classifications, the colour listings are not. I and J still count as “near colourless” by GIA’s charts. Colour is commonly classified as D-F, G-J, K-M, N-R and S+.

    Post # 16
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    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Lowest: 0.7/VG/SI2/H (maaayyyybbeeee I if it was GIA Ex/Ex/Ex or AGS000)

    My ideal would probably look like 1.00/Ex/VS1/G

    Realistically I’d be happy with whatever my SO would buy for me, but if I were buying for myself I would look for a diamond that fell somewhere between those 2 lists, definitely striving for Ex cut.

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