(Closed) Best area to compromise on the 4 c's?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Where do you think the best area of diamond quality to compromise on is?

    Cut

    Color

    Clarity

  • Post # 62
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @SomedayHisBride:  like someone else said, shouldnt you be on the waiting board? 

     

    Post # 63
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’d probably sacrifice on colour (I have a G diamond and see no colour in it, and I think warm stones can be beautiful), and clarity to an extent (mine is vvs1 but I wouldnt mind going lower as long as it was eye clean, or just one or two tiny visible inclusions). After that I’d go down in carat size. I’d try and keep a good cut as it sounds like that’s really important for sparkliness. 

     

    Or or I would just say screw it and get a moissanite. My stone is a heirloom and whilst it’s incredibly beautiful, the amount of money that it would take to replace it is crazy! So maybe if anything happened to it, I would get something cheaper and spend the rest of the money on a holiday or a down payment on a house. 

    Post # 64
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

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    @SomedayHisBride:  Do you know, *most* of us have ALSO been gifted fine diamonds and/or Moissanite (or Asha, gemstones, etc.), and I think we’re all fascinated by them since we’re on a forum discussing them…and yet none of us claim to be experts on grading or what should / shouldn’t be graded by GIA standards?  Perhaps that’s why Bee’s think your comment was rude, just a thought.  

    OP I second the opinion of anyone who says that a well cut stone will mask many inclusions!  All of my diamonds have inclusions in them, and unless I view them from certain angles very closely I can’t see them.  To be honest, until I found the Bee I’d never seen a perfect or near perfect everything on a diamond on an actual person!  I know gemologists that have huge inclusions in their (giant) diamonds, all stealthy hidden under prongs or something LOL.  

    Post # 65
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I looked it up because i was curious about this myself. Moissanite is not graded on the GIA diamond color grading scale. Check it out: http://www.moissanite.com/educate/faqs/

    in terms of which “C” to compromise on – I think you probably can compromise more on clarity. If there are a couple of tiny inclusions, no one is really going to see them. After all, no one else but you is going to be looking at your ring so closely. I actually wish I had followed this advice myself. I compromised on color in order to get a larger stone with a higher clarity grade, and sometimes I wish my diamond, which is an H, was a little whiter. 

    Post # 66
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    @Ls413:  

    Though it says that on the FAQ, a large number of moissanites (particularly Forever Brilliants) are sent to NAGL for independent grading. There, they are graded the same way diamonds are graded– by using a master set of stones (diamonds, to be specific).

    Post # 67
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    @beanowl:  interesting – I didn’t know that!

    Post # 68
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

     

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    @Ls413:  Smile

    Post # 71
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    My rank:

    Cut

    Carat

    Clarity (but no worse than SI)

    Color (K would have been fine)

    Ultimately, I chose moissanite. Since I was looking at warm diamonds, I realized there was no reason to have a problem with moissy.

    Post # 72
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    Bee Keeper

    I’m surprised there’s confusion about this: GIA doesn’t grade synthetics. No synthetic jewel has a GIA grade, there is no such thing. The D-Z color scale (as well as the Fl-I3 inclusion scale) is borrowed from diamond evaluation by those who describe simulants for what I think are obvious reasons.

    The two companies I’m aware of that provide reports for moissanite aren’t large or well-known (personally I suspect they’re run by a few (literally, like less than 5) people in close association with the moissanite vendors but I haven’t looked into the details of that, but i’d strongly suggest it for anyone who was considering relying on those reports), and are certainly not similar to GIA. Colored CZs, not diamonds, are used as the comparison “color masters”.

    Post # 73
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

    I think it’s fine to sacrifice color and clarity as long as it looks beautiful and eye-clean to you. just go look at a lot of diamonds and pick out one within your budget that you love the most, but be sure to look at it carefully and under different lights. jewelry stores use lights that can make even a dull stone look very sparkly.

    Post # 74
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    Busy bee

    there is no option for it but carat is my compromise. Fiance said he was torn between getting me the .75 D VVS2 excellent cut or a 1 carat that was warmer and a more visible inclusion. I love my .75 it’s so sparkly!! 

    Post # 75
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I woudld compromise on clarity and color.  You can an I1 stone which may only have one inclusion that can be seen wth the naked eye that could be hid under a prong.  Also some people are color sensetive, but I am not, I like a little warmth to a diamond so a l or k diamond works for me as long as it sparkles.  I have seen diamonds that were d in color that were ugly because of the way they are cut.  So I say get the diamond that speaks to you… at the end of the day nobody is going to look at your diamond that long to try and figure out all of the C’s/ 

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