Post # 1
- Wedding: January 2014 - Monte Carlo inn
Hi everyone! I’m looking for a ring for my mom. I’m looking at at very simple white gold solitaire but I’m not sure which specs are better…
0.45ct , vs2, color F, cut good, $576
0.51ct, si2, color I, cut good, $594
im mainly concerned about the size of the diamond. I know 0.45ct is 5mm in diameter and 0.51 is 5.21mm. It’s not a big difference but should I go for quality or the size? Is vs2 and si2 a big difference?
Post # 2
Mrs_BunInTheOven: It’s a difficult and very subjective choice — with a lot of variables.
Vs2 and Si2 can be a big difference. BUT, it really depends on the individual stone. Have you seen the two stones in person? If the Si2 is eye-clean or if its inclusions can be hidden under a prong, then getting an Si2 stone might not be a big deal. If you or your mom has an “eagle eye” for spotting inclusions, then the Si2 might bother you or her more. If she won’t see the inclusions or won’t notice them, then it might not be a big deal. For example, my center stone is graded Si1. It has a small carbon spot in it. When he showed it to me, my jeweler mentioned that I would need at least a loupe to see it. But I saw the spot as soon as I looked at the stone (even without seeing it plotted on the certificate first) without a loupe. It doesn’t bother me, though, because the spot is completely hidden under one of the prongs of my setting.
Are you very color sensitive? Or is your mom very color sensitive? If so, then you would probably want to go with the F in color because you are setting the stone in white metal. An I color diamond is still nicely white and beautiful. But someone who is color sensitive will be more likely to notice that it’s not as white as the setting around it.
So, for me, I would go with your choice #1. I tend to be color sensitive, so I would want the whitest stone I could get for setting into a white metal. It’s a plus for me that stone #1 is a higher clarity grade at VS2. Also, a very white stone should throw a good deal of sparkle and might look a bit larger than it is. The difference in size wouldn’t be big enough to sway me in this instance, and the cut for both stones is equal (both are “good” cut).
Sorry for the long reply, but I hope this helps. Good luck with your decision! I hope your mom will love her ring!
ETA: You didn’t mention whether either stone fluoresces. (I hope I spelled that correctly. >.O) If the “I” stone has fluorescence, it will appear whiter than it is. So that can sometimes be a deciding factor, too.
(Edited a second time because I didn’t spell it correctly! LOL)