Post # 1
Diamond shopping is complicated stuff! And as with most things, you can’t have everything. Which was the most important to you?
(Oh, and for “cut” I am talking specifically quality of cut, leaving shape out of it for simplicity’s sake)
When we were ring shopping we widdled it down to two diamonds almost identical diamonds in our price range. One was a bit whiter than the other, but not as clear, the other was a lower color grade but nice and clear. For my diamond we chose to sacrifice a bit on color to get a nicer clarity. No regrets here. it sparkles like crazy 🙂
Post # 3
Definitely cut. Regardless of the diamond’s other specs, it will never look sparkly and beautiful if poorly cut. One of the most beautiful things about a well cut diamond is the way in which it returns light.
Post # 4
CUT – COLOUR – CLARITY (in that order) all contribute to the sparkle of a Diamond
QUALITY over Quantity for this girl
As well… CERTIFICATION & CONFLICT FREE / CANADIAN
Followed by COMFORT & COST…
Falls way down the list for me.
And if the Diamond is to go into a piece of jewellery… then I also must consider the 3 Ss as well…
SHAPE – SETTING – and STYLE
Hope this helps,
Post # 5
In that order I guess. I put carat first not because I need a huge diamond or anything, but I did want a decent sized stone (mine is .8) and I was willing to sacrifice a bit on other things to make that happen.
Cut is 2nd because it is what really gives a stone its sparkle.
3rd is clarity. My first center stone had a little yellow spot that could only be seen from the side (if you were really looking for it) and that didn’t bother me at all. As long as it is for the most part eye clean I feel like it’s good enough.
Last is color…I am VERY color sensitive, but a little bit of warmth really doesn’t bug me. Plus it’s so rare to hold your ring right next to another persons and therefore the color isn’t as noticeable as in a jewelry store.
Post # 7
Probably cut, for sparkle.
Post # 8
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Colour + clarity. I say this because I’d love a diamond with a hint.of colour 🙂
Post # 9
CUT! Clarity and color won’t matter or be appreciated by the eye if a diamond doesn’t sparkle, and cut is what makes it sparkle! Carat is important to me as well, but I’d rather have a more modest diamond that really sparkles than a huge one that looks “dead” because it was cut poorly.
Post # 10
Clarity, then cut. I don’t want a big diamond that looks like frozen mucus.
Post # 11
@atacrossroads: yuummmmm. Frozen mucus.
I am with you on clarity being most important to me. I am really sensitive to seeing the cloudiness and NOTHING ELSE in diamonds.
Post # 12
I would have to say:
Cut – this is what makes a stone sparkle!
Clarity – I cannot do inclusions seen with the naked eye, they just drive me crazy.
Color – I do not mind the look of warm diamonds, and usually lower color grades will face up very white with good cut and clarity, I do not mind if it is slightly yellow if it sparkles like mad, because the sparkle is what is most important to me.
Carat – While a decent size stone is always preferable, I’ve always had a “quality over quantity” mind set, smaller and prettier is always better than bigger and less sparkly.
Post # 13
@freshflowers: For me
CUT (a badly cut diamond, no matter how clear or colourless will not sparkle well)
Post # 14
Cut. Almost the only thing that really matters to me. Clarity is by far the least important to me and color/carat fall somewhere in between. While I had a size requirement for my ring carat wise, I can still very much admire, appreciate, and swoon over a small diamond with an excelltent cut. An IF diamond with D coloring means nothing if it’s only a Good cut
Post # 15
Cut, only because it can make or break a diamond (and hide the other c’s to some extent if they’re not the best). Second would be clarity, but a stone that’s cut perfectly that has visible black spots in it would drive me nuts.
Post # 16
Cut and clarity for me. I just recently replaced my ering, and once I saw an IF diamond in real life, no other diamond would suffice. I ended up with a significantly smaller diamond. I never knew clarity meant that much to me. I am very happy with my choice for clarity over carat weight. My previous diamond was an eye clean SI1, and looked clear to me, but this one amazes me. Cut is also very important! I love a sparkly diamond!