Post # 1
For those bees who have an SI1 diamond, can you see any inclusions? Does your stone appear cloudy at all? I was doing a little price comparison online and going from VS2 to SI1 drops the price significantly, so I wanted to see your thoughts on your SI1 stones. Thanks!
Post # 3
My stone is an SI1 and is completely eye-clean. SI1 is completely acceptable for clarity as long as your stone is cut really well. The cut of a diamond really determines how it will sparkle, shine, and even hide inclusions. My stone has a cut grade of Excellent by GIA and even speaking with our jeweler she said that as long as the stone is cut extremely well, clarity isn’t a huge factor. That being said, I wouldn’t go below SI2 but that is just a personal preference. Hope that helped shed some light
Post # 4
@Tigrrlily04: Mine is SI1, but it is eyeclean. I can only see inclusions from the sides, and I have to look for them. I have an asscher, which is easier to see inclusions in. I want to second the cut being extra important with inclusions. My stone is either very good or ideal (idr off the top of my head) and its super sparkly. If you are worried about cloudiness, make sure your stone has no or only slight fluorescence.
Post # 5
Mine is SI1 and completely eye-clean. This is replacing one that they claimed was SI2 (I think it might have been I1) that was very definitely not eye clean, it had three visible inclusions that clouded it and really bothered me. My diamond studs are also SI1 and totally eye-clean. I think its a perfectly fine clarity and it isn’t worth paying the huge premium for VS or VVS since there isn’t really a visible difference (to me at least)
ETA: if you want to maximize sparkle, try to make sure you get one thats well-cut with the lower clarity
Post # 6
I had an SI1 diamond in the past. It was eye clean and not cloudy at all.
Post # 7
All three of my stones are eye-clean SI1. My FI wanted to get a VSI but the jeweller actually talked him out of it, knowing we are young and cash could go to better places. She insisted she had a beautiful center that she would order in, and if he hated it, she would get him another SI1 or he could upgrade to the VSI. Needless to say, it was perfect. I think there is one tiny “feather” hiding behind a prong that I can see on the side of my .71 center and I just discovered it after scrutinzing since June. The .25 SI1 center stones look perfect. They face very white, have a great cut and are very sparkly. If it’s eye clean, I don’t think anyone will know it has inclusions but a jeweller and you!
Post # 8
I have an SI1 and have no idea where the inclusions are. (My cert didn’t come with an inclusion plot and I don’t have a loupe to hunt for them.) I can’t see anything in there no matter how hard I try. It’s not cloudy at all.
Post # 9
I have an SI1 and it is eye clean. There is no cloudiness and there are no carbon spots. I have a few feather inclusions, but those are near the base of the stone, which are completely hidden through the way it is cut. There is one small feather/line that is near the top, but I can only see it if my ring is dirty (has soap build up or lotion on the bottom). I didn’t even bother looking at stones in the VS range because you can’t visually tell the difference in most cases, so our budget went to a bigger carat size.
Here are the best close-up shots I have:
Post # 10
Yep it will be fine, but also depends on size of diamond, inclusions are more obviouse in a big diamond.
Mine is I1 so much lower, it has one visible inclusion, but it can only be seen if i hold the ring right up to my face and it is very clean, most days I cant even find the inclusion, and actually it took until I had had the ring a while and the jeweller pointed it out for me to notice.
No one else has ever noticed
Post # 11
@Tigrrlily04: Hi there – I wouldn’t recommend purchashing an SI1 unless you see it in person to verify that it is eye clean, or if whomever you are buying it from can verfify that it is eye clean. It’s a great way to save money if you can find an excellent cut stone that is an SI1 but eyeclean!
Post # 12
Si1 can be a great eye clean bargain but it’s more likely to be eye clean in ‘smaller’ sizes and round cuts. I wouldn’t chose an si1 in an emerald cut
Post # 13
F SI1 1.02ct princess and I cant see anything and my jeweler said he had a hard time seeing it and not cloudy at all
Post # 14
Mine is SI1 and perfectly eye-clean, I couldn’t even see a single inclusion under the loupe!! Also, clouds are only 1 type of inclusion- the various types are listed on the GIA report.
Post # 15
Mine is an eye-clean SI1 as well. It sparkles more when I’m not taking crappy cell pics 🙂
Post # 16
I ditto AshleyR83 (and in fact think I recognize her picture from pricescope…) – you may want to see it in person first, or work with a vendor who has direct access to the stone and whose opinion you trust…but I have a 2.05 carat SI1 (also an ideal cut), and I have not been able to see a thing (and I’ve been looking for like 3 months at this point). Some inclusions are better than others, though – my stone has twinning wisps, which, if clear, are very hard to see with the naked eye. But I definitely wouldn’t rule out an SI1 right off the bat – it’s definitely worth getting more info!