2.0ct vs 1.5ct

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@dsm: Those are both very substantial stones and I’m sure most women would be happy with either! You should check and see what’s most important to her as well as considering the setting you will be using. If it’s a solitaire, color doesn’t matter as much since there are no surrounding stones to compare it to. Size will make a big impact though, and therefore I would suggest the 2 ct. If you want a halo, though, I would go with the 1.5 since the stones around the center will make it appear bigger. In addition, make sure the stones in the setting are the same color/clarity as the main stone.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Halo is absolutely gorgeous! I say do the 1.5 with great color!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

What size is her finger? What color metal are you thinking of pairing with the diamond?

Honestly, I would go with quality over size that that point. Going from a D color (in the colorless realm) to an I color is a big jump.

Especially if you are going with a white metal (like platinum) and thinking about having accent diamonds (which may be whiter in color) I would definitely go with the 1.5c over the 2c.

I have a 1.5c D color IF cushion cut and it is fantastic.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

With a princess cut, sometimes you know notice a tint in I color, especially in a larger diamond. I would go with the colorless 1.5ct. But if you’re unsure, can you (and your gf maybe) visit a local jeweler to look at different colors to see if you notice any difference?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would say go for the 2ct. I have an H color diamond and I actually chose it over a whiter color because of the brilliant flashes of light that it has. In no way does it look yellow ever.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@dsm: Also, do you know her ring size? If her finger is a size 4, for instance, a 2 ct diamond might be too bulky on her finger. I have a size 6 finger, 1.2 carat diamond in a halo and it takes up a good amount of space.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh and I have a 1.5ct so it’s big enough that I could notice the color.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Bewteen those two, I think I would go with the D color.  I color is noticbly yellower tint to me, and I love the bright white of a color less stone.  If it were an option, I would up the budget just a bit and get a 2 ct stone in F/G.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you have a choice, I would select the D-colored stone. I chose a 1.21c, D-colored center stone over a 1.37c F-colored stone, because I definitely could see a difference.  I am so glad that I did.  This is especially important if your center stone will be flanked by any small diamonds, whether that be in the form of a halo or a pave cathedral setting and also if your setting will be platinum or white gold.  There is a huge difference between a D-colored stone and and I-colored stone.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t like halos, but that setting is quite pretty. If your gf likes halos, then I think that’s the way you should go. After all, she’s the one who will be wearing it every day. 

ETA if you decide on the halo then you definately need to go with the D color, otherwise there could be noticable contrast with the other diamonds in the setting 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ahh I just realized you’re the guy proposing, not the girl. Do you know that she wants it to be a surprise?

I think halos definitely do make the center stone look bigger, but they’re also very trendy right now. I figure as long as you get a nice quality diamond it can always be reset years down the road for anniversaries or whatnot.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I vote no halo. I think they’re pretty but I worry that its something that will look dated in time. I’m sure people who LOVE them now will love them always, but if it is just a slight preference I think she’ll be happier with a more timeless setting in the long-run. Also, I tend to think halos look better on round stones than princess, but thats just me. 

 

As for 1.5 vs. 2…. maybe go into a jeweler and ask to see a D stone and an I stone side by side? I honestly don’t know because my husband picked me ring out so I never went shopping to compare pros and cons. Is your gf the kind of girl that wants a BIG ring? Either one is big but if size is important to her she might prefer the 2 with sacrificed color. If you have no reason to believe that she cares much about the size then I’d probably go with the better quality stone. 

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