Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2016 - The Estate on the Halifax
Hey bees, my SO hates shopping (for everything and especially if it’s not from Amazon lol) and doesn’t want to go look at rings with me. I’ve shown him plenty that I like online and he decided he thinks it’d be best for me to go and pick out exactly what I want myself. I don’t mind because I tend to be super picky anyway! The other night he basically told me to go find a ring that I like in his budget and once I find one he’ll go in by himself to “look” at it. 😉
Anyway, I know what exactly what setting I would love. As for the diamond, I’m not sure how I should prioritize color, size, or clarity. I would love a huge, colorless, and flawless rock, but dat price doe! What helped you make your decision?
Thanks in advance bees! 😀
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2020 - Santa Barbara
I would ask myself what is the most important criteria for me to be happy with my ring first. I believe that color is the most important factor with a diamond myself becuase who wants a bad colored diamond. After color it’s definitely clarity in my book and then the size and good place to start is bluenile.com. It will show you and tell the differences of each diamond and why they the 4 C’s are important.
Post # 3
For me, cut was most important, then clarity, then color, then Carat!
Post # 4
I don’t speak diamond, sorry. I gave my guy a few variations on a design and he went to a custom jeweler to figure out diamond specs. They made a perfect design with a gorgous center stone. Maybe that would be a good starting point for you, find a few designs you like and then consult an expert for a quick tutorial. You are under no obligation to buy from them and pretty much any store that is not swamped with customers at the time would be willing to help. Just be sure to call ahead for an appointment and ask if they could help you.
Post # 5
I put clarity, because having a diamond that wasn’t eye-clean would drive me crazy. But mine is SI1 I think, so it’s not anything super impressive. The cut is Excellent and the color is H or I I believe. And it’s GIA which I think is a little more accurate with slightly higher standards than EGL. It’s about .74cts.
I honestly didn’t really know anything about diamonds when we picked out mine, all I knew was I wanted at least half a carat, probably round, but it was important to DH that it was good quality. Basically we picked the biggest good quality diamond in our price range (:
Post # 6
My first priority is cut, then color, then clarity, then carat. Some people care more about clarity than color, it just depends on how color sensitive you are. I honestly would’ve loved to get at least 1ct but it would’ve been out of our price range or I would’ve had to sacrifice one of the other C’s which I wasn’t willing to do. I ended up with a round .73ct ideal cut plus hearts and arrows, F, SI1. I could’ve went to a G or H but it just so happened this one was in our price range and I was so glad it was colorless, ideal cut, and eye clean! You can get a good deal on a diamond as long as you know what you’re looking at! A well cut diamond is going to have brilliance all across the face of the stone. There’s no point in having a big rock if it’s dull or lifeless. Cut is so important that it can make up for some of the other specs if you need to sacrifice a little bit here or there.
Post # 7
The shape of the cluster (flower) surpassed all the four C’s for me and I don’t even know the exact clarity or colour of mine (it just says equivalent to or better than I and VS2). But having looked at WB for a couple of months now, if I had a solitaire I think that providing the ring is eye clean I’d definitely pick colour over clarity. And I don’t really care about size lol. I actually think that 1.5ct is the very max for a solitaire, but I like dainty rings, and the American size standard is very different to the European one.
Anyway, my reasoning is that you will see the colour every day, but you won’t see the clarity unless you use a loupe (if eye clean as mentioned). So then I’d rather have a whiter colour 🙂
Post # 8
First thing: make sure the lab grading the diamond is GIA or AGS. Otherwise it’s very likely that you’ll end up with a stone that is nothing like its specs.
Second: Cut, cut and cut! It’s what makes a diamond sparkles, it’s what allows it to catch the light. Even some excellent cuts aren’t that great. Look on pricescope and check out some diamonds on their diamond finder so you know the price range you’re comfortable with. The posters there love to hunt for diamonds for other people. Stick with GIA XXX or AGS 000. You won’t be disappointed.
Color and clarity: That’s up to you. I think anything above VS2 is overkill, and I have very good vision. But you may be different. Color is not as striking once the diamond is set. I have a D colored diamond and an H colored diamond. They are both beautiful.
Buying a diamond is all about compromise.
Post # 9
Cut! For definite. After that it’s personal preference really. For me it would be clarity next. But cut must take priority!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2016 - State Park
I wasn’t willing to sacrifice cut, color, or clarity. So I sacrified carat, and ended up with a 0.40 ct D IF triple excellent cut diamond.
Post # 11
I’d say go with your SO to look at diamonds in person, have a look online at blue Nile or James Allen for diamond prices to get an idea. We did this and it actually took two trips before we knew exactly what we wanted, we absolutely would not compromise on cut, had a fair idea of the carat we wanted and cemented this by trying on a variety of sizes. I put colour next as my SO was adamant he would not go below an E as he likes vey white, whereas I don’t think I would mind up to maybe a G. Clarity was lowest on my list as I feel that so long as the diamond is eye clean, I don’t actually care what it’s garded at. You won’t know if a diamond is eye clean until you see it though!
We saw a lot of diamonds on our ring hunting and only one really ‘spoke’ to us.
When we had an idea of what we wanted, we emailed jewellers for appointments with diamond and ring specs, and budget. Most took the time to find a selection of diamonds at our specs and around and rings similar to what we’d requested.
Post # 12
I have no idea what the size, cut and clarity is of mine. I just went into a bunch of jewlers and the one I picked looked awesome so I got it lol.
Post # 13
we went to ShaneCo together to look at rings. It was about a year before we got engaged. The place is great for window shopping because there is a decent selection of rings and stones/shapes to play with. There is no pressure to buy but they do pressure you to put a ring on hold.
It was sad because I was actually pretty bent on him going to ShaneCo but when he went to actually buy they got snooty with him when he said he wanted to shop around. Anyways, my priorities were cut-clarity-color-size.
He got me a H, VS1, 1ct diamond and it’s amazing. He was scared H was too yellow but it looks great!
Post # 14
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Post # 15
you didn’t listen the absolute most important C: CUT! And symmetry and polish. Excellent/Ideal or bust .