Post # 1
I’m curious what everyone thinks is the most important “C” when it comes to diamond rings. If you had a ring with just okay stats on 3 of the Cs and excellent stats on the 4th, which C would you want the excellent stats? What if you had excellent stats on 3 of the Cs and just okay stats on the 4th, which C could you live with just having okay stats if the other stats were excellent?
Post # 3
Color is most important to me, followed by clarity, cut, and then carat weight.
Post # 4
@PrincessBride27: Cut is king. Cut = sparkle, and in some cuts like round brilliant, it can hide small imperfections.
It’s definitely a balancing game. If I were to buy a diamond over a carat in weight, I wouldn’t go any lower than these stats: F color, ideal/excellent cut, VS2 (must be eye clean – I would check that it was).
For a smaller diamond I wouldn’t worry quite as much since it is harder to tell… like I have a pretty semi-eternity ring that I have no idea what the stats are, all I know is it’s sparkly lol. I also have a gorgeous pair of diamond drop earrings from my SO, and I know they’re H color, but they look colorless to me (but the biggest stone is still WELL under a carat).
If I were to buy an emerald cut, I would want VVS2 clarity at least. It really depends on the shape of stone IMO.
Post # 5
A great diamond will look like crap with a bad cut, and a middle of the range diamond can look wonderful with the right cut.
I could care less for carat myself, but I do find my D flawless colour diamond always looks perfect (to me at least). I doubt it would if it was full of inclusions though. For me – cut, clarity, colour, carat.
Post # 6
Cut, color, certification, carat, clarity
Eta: my opinion was that most stones within fi’s purchasing range was going to be small if it was going to have extremely high clarity. I was not willing to sacrifice cut or color and I also wanted size. My thinking was why fight against its natural beauty. we found an eye clean large stone with great cut and color and it was certified. So clarity was where we sacrificed if u can even call it a sacrifice. Since diamonds r products of the earth, I actually think a ‘small’ flaw or two is beautiful. 🙂
Post # 7
cut, clarity, carat, color…. I sacrificed on color, ended up getting an I color, and yes I do notice it sometimes but it doesnt really bother me that much. If I upgraded in the future (still on the fence) it would be only in color since I got the best possible in everything else.
Post # 8
Color is the least important to me. I love my J-K color stone, I think it has so much personality and have no desire for a whiter stone. The other 3 are very difficult to choose between, there is a deal breaker range for all of them. Sparkle is obviously the main goal, but cut and clarity can both seriously detract from it.
Post # 9
If your diamond doesn’t sparkle then what’s the point?
Post # 10
It’s all about the Cut. For me, next would be clarity, then carat, then color. I really like almost all colors of diamond except K-M. Those are yellow but not yellow enough to be “premium yellow”.
Post # 12
COST! 🙂 I don’t want anything too expensive because I’m terrified I’d lose it. I’m so accident prone, that it would happen.
But I also don’t want a diamond, so I’d go cut maybe. No pear shapes or heart shapes for me.
Post # 15
I’m gonna be the oddball and say clarity. I hate diamonds that are crackly from being heavily included. It drives me nuts.
Post # 16
Cut is what defines your gem, then color and clarity run a close second with each other. Carat is important to some, but the right cut and setting determines how large a stone looks. Also the size of the finger it goes on helps determine how large a stone looks. =) This from a reputable jeweler that my family has worked with for decades. This is how he determines the prices of his diamonds.