(Closed) carat size more important than the other C’s

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
4544 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Nope! But it all comes down to person preference. For me, cut was HUGE! I wanted an Ideal cut diamond. Color was also important to me because I have lots of diamonds in the setting and didn’t want the diamond to look yellow. Clarity wasn’t as important to me but I wanted an eye clean stone.

However, with my diamond earrings it’s all about size! I have I1, J-K color, and have no clue what the cut is. However, because they’re on my ears, I’m not examining them for flaws and neither is anyone else!

Post # 4
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Obviously, a balance is most important, but if I had to choose I would go with cut and clarity over carat. Nothing’s worse than a big stone that looks dull–reminds me of a piece of glass. I like the sparkle! For the record, my ring is just over a carat, cushion cut, and Internally Flawless. I definitely would have gone smaller to keep better clarity if we needed to.

Post # 5
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

No.  I’d rather have a smaller clearer stone than a bigger cloudy one…

Post # 6
10 posts

No way! I’d definitely choose the 4 C’s over the size of the diamond. I was STUCK on getting a 1 carat diamond but when I saw how it was almost lifeless because it wasn’t clear or cut properly, i instantly decided I’d get a .80 carat and boy am I glad I did because my diamond is beautiful and sparkles with every hand movement I make. It glitters beautifully in the sun.

4 C’s are DEFINITELY the most important.

Post # 7
1850 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

It really just depends on the exact specs. If the larger stone was obviously flawed (like big black carbon spot or really yellow-ish in color) then I would go with a smaller stone with awesome specs. If the larger stone was still nice looking (I-color, SI-2 but eyeclean) I would probably go for the larger stone. I do think that cut is really important though! That’s what really gives you the sparkle…so that’s probably the most important to me (after being eyeclean).

Post # 8
6891 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Cut was and is most important to me. I think that they should all be somewhat “equal” but I really had opinions more on cut. I don’t like some cuts (like, REALLY don’t like some) so I wouldn’t have wanted one of those even if it was 143349 carats. (I like to exaggerate a tad.)

Post # 9
1909 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Your above thoughts got me thinking, too.  I thought I wanted 1 ct. at first, but after ring shopping, it was too big for my taste.  What?! Too big?  I went for the 4 c’s and have a sparkly beautiful .85 that looks like 1 ct on my finger 🙂

Post # 10
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Cut is definitely the most important. A superior cut can make a smaller diamond and/or a less-than-perfect quality diamond look larger because the more precise the angles of the gem, the more light will be refracted.


Post # 11
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Cut and clarity are the most important for me. I’d rather have a small diamond that sparkles like crazy than a 2 carat diamond that looks like frozen spit.

Post # 12
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

For me carat size was last. Cut was most important since i wanted sparkle and as long as clarity was a vs2 or higher, i was happy. I could have easily gotten over 2 carats but both my Fiance and I wanted quality over quantity.

Post # 13
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Cut was most important to me.

Clarity all I cared about was eye-clean.

Color all I cared about was nearly-colorless.

Carat is a “C” I actually decided to go down on. I thought I wanted a 1 ct, but when I tried it on, it looked too big on my finger. So I started looking for a .5-.75 ct, the diamond I settled on was .61 ct.

Post # 14
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

For me, hands down color/clarity over carat size.  Most important is color. Color has to be D-F. Then for me, clarity is next most important.  In my opinion “flawless” is unnecessary unless you just have extra money laying around but VVS1 would be okay if it was clean to the eye.  

Post # 15
1726 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Cut is the only “C” that determines light performance (sparkle), so cut first.

Clarity is not a concern for me, actually I would prefer to buy a stone right at SI2 but would even consider an I1 as long as it were virtually eye-clean, because I would much rather spend my budget on other things. If you can’t see the inclusions, it’s not worth it to me to go up in clarity beyond that. Even if you have an IF stone, that grade only means the stone is “internally flawless” at 10x magnification. It doesn’t actually mean it is flawless. Bump up the mag to 30 or 40x and you will be able to detect the flaws. Knowing this really put it all into perspective for me.

Color depends on what I’d be using the stone for. If I want an antique stone in a vintage setting, I’d prefer a warmer, lower color, like K, L M, or even beyond. If I wanted a modern, pave or halo setting or something in a white metal, I’d probably want something in the F-H range. D and E is kinda overdoing it for me. I actually really want a really low color stone, like W-X or Y-Z for a yellow gold ring some day. Gives the look of a fancy grade without the price!

So I guess, yes, in a way, I prefer size over clarity and color for the most part, but I would not sacrifice cut quality to go bigger.

Post # 16
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I chose quality, Flawless/Colourless and the cuts being excellent through and through….It sparkles like crazy. Its 0.71 Carat, 1carat TCW, but on my Size 4 finger its a good size- plus I’m a vet and really cant go for anything much bigger without getting it caught on/in everything!! 😉


Plus Im Irish- we generally dont go for gigantic rings..


Each to their own 😀

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