Post # 16
I say don’t pay for specs you can’t appreciate. In other words, buy an eye-clean SI1 diamond (or that super-rare SI2 that is eye clean, if you can find it … needle in a haystack, those are). Sitting there in your ring it isn’t going to look any different to you than F or IF diamond. Or if you are going with a step-cut, you might need to move up in clarity a bit from the SI1 stones in order to get an eye clean stone — but yeah — the idea is the same … pay for eye clean, not flawless.
I ended up with higher clarity than I was looking for (my diamond is a VVS2) because it happened to be cheaper than some of the stones I was considering with lower clarity grades. So when buying online you do want to look at everything, don’t rule out the higher specs … just don’t pay for them. Hope that makes sense.
Post # 17
I will say for the bees in this thread with emeralds and/or step cuts flaws are much more aparent than in a round brilliant, pretty!
Post # 18
I have a vvs2 .71 marquise diamond and it looks flawless to me and sparkles like mad.
Post # 19
My diamond is a vs1 and definitely eye clean. In my opinion paying for a flawless diamond isn’t worth it if you can’t see a difference between a vs1, vvs1, and flawless but all have thousands of dollars difference between them.
Post # 20
In my honest opinion and I see a lot of diamonds from day to day, I think IF or FL is a waste of money! It’s only on paper, no one is going to know the specs of your stone unless you tell them. It truly is only a good thing when you plan to keep the stones for investment purposes and do not wish to set them etc.
Post # 21
Mine is IF, I’m no expert on diamonds and dont have anything to compare it to but although I adore my ring and think it’s really clear etc, I don’t necessarily think I’d be able to tell the difference between F, IF and VVS, VS diamonds. It’s probably more of a mind thing. I don’t think my Fiance bought my ring for its clarity I think he just went with the best specs for the money he had which happened to be IF! Mine is an oval so I’d imagine its clarity grading is less noticeable than if it were a step cut. To be honest my job involves getting my hands dirty at times and my ring probably spends most of its life not entirely clean so the IF grading is definitely not noticable! Once you’ve had the ring for a couple of months the specs won’t matter you’ll love it regardless!
Here’s mine anyway! .82ct, IF, F colour.
Post # 22
Here you go 🙂
My e-ring is an F color, IF diamond. My Darling Husband picked it out on his own. I absolutely love that I will never find a flaw in it (unless I really damage it). I think that all stones, from colorless to slightly colored stones look beautiful with IF clarity, but I think that the other specs of a diamond as well as it’s cut, color, polish, symmetry, fluorescence, and appearance/ certification / source all really matter as well. Other posters have commented about “mind clean” and I agree that FL and IF diamonds guarantee a mind-clean, which would only really matter to the wearer. However, I take comfort in the fact that my beautiful IF stone will hold its value over time a bit better because of its properties.
Post # 23
That is one gorgeous oval!
Post # 25
This is my little pear solitaire from Blue Nile. High in clarity, warm in color.
Just less than 0.5 ct (.48, I think), IF clarity, J color. I wear it as a RHR. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a flawless diamond, but it just worked out that way. It’s a charming little thing.