(Closed) Carat size or quality?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you put carats above getting a better quality diamond?
    Yes : (9 votes)
    17 %
    Maybe : (20 votes)
    37 %
    Never! : (25 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
    7902 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    As long as the cut is excellent and the stone is clean to the eye, I start caring about size.

    Post # 4
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MsMidwesternCharm:  Define “worse”. I would definitely go as low as VS2 and H to get the larger stone. I have SI1 and I have trouble finding the inclusions. I think you have to see the stones in person and decide if it is high enough quality for you. I would probably go lower in color and clarity if I could see the stone in person first.

    Post # 5
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’d sacrifice on color, but I wouldn’t sacrifice on clarity. I like warmer diamonds, but I don’t like cloudy or included diamonds.

    Post # 6
    526 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Color was top priority for me. I wanted a diamond as close to colorless as possible within our price range while still being able to get a descently sized rock. I was sure to “teach” my now fiance about the quality of diamonds before he set out on his own. Luckily my godfather owns a well known jewelry store and he was able to get a great diamond for me. It is near colorless, with no visible color to the eye, near flawless with absolutely no inclusions to the eye, however it is a .7 carat. Would I have liked a larger diamond? Of course! But I am SOOOO glad that I have the quality over the size! The ring looks perfect on my finger, and it is my dream cut, emerald, which makes my .7 look more like a 1 carat to everyone who sees it!

    Post # 7
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I wouldn’t want less than an “excellent” cut.  Then again, I wanted a (relative-to-the-bee) smaller stone anyway!

    Post # 8
    2893 posts
    Sugar bee

    Worse for color is relative. I’m in the group that loves colorless, warm, yellow, the whole gamut. So I would absolutely go down in color (especially since the higher white range is hard to tell apart unless you’re comparing them side by side) for the sake of going up in size. 

    Post # 9
    19 posts
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My fiance wanted a big ol’ carot solitairet..and me..I just wanted something simple, so we decided to look together.

    I chose something simple and he surprised me with a bigger diamond with baggettes on the sides.

    We’re both happy with it..it’s simple yet pretty.



    Post # 10
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m color sensitive, so that was the biggest priority to me. My diamond is F color, but is I1 – it does have inclusions that I can see if I look really close, but looking at it from any resonable distance (ie, not five inches away from my eye) I can’t see them. It sparkles like crazy (it has a really good cut, too) – that’s all that matters to me!

    ETA: The importance of the clarity varies greatly from cut to cut. An emerald cut, for example, shows inclusions a lot easier than a round brilliant. If I wanted an emerald cut, we (FI and I) would have focused a lot more on clarity.

    Post # 11
    716 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Agree it means which points you’re sacraficing on. People forget carat is a quality too. I had my minimums for all of the C’s (for me it was VS2, J, very good cut, and 8mm in length emerad cut — carat size wasn’t as important as the length). Then I found what fit those criteria and ended up with a VVS2, G….



    Post # 12
    2778 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Yes, because when we pre-shopped and looked at VS2 to I2 I liked the wamer colors and it really didn’t matter for quality.  Cut matters a lot and I didn’t want any visible inclusions I could see from the top or cloudyness.  I saw a VS2 with a black spot in the middle and an SI2 that was gorgeous.

    So like PPs have said go out and look at them and you’ll figure out what you like and more than likely find something you can afford for your carat size or close.  He ended getting me a 1.25 round I2 and its so pretty I couldn’t be happier (plus no visible inclusions from the top, theres one I can see from the side but I don’t care.

    Post # 13
    2903 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Before I went shopping for a diamond my preference minimum on everything: ex cut, H in color, SI2 in clarity, at least .70 center stone

    What I ended up with: Very good cut, G in color, I in clarity, and 1.16 solitaire…so I ended up giving up a little on clarity for a bigger stone…but I can not see any inclusions without a loop and there are absolutely no clouds and it looks white and sparkly to me! Here is a pic:

    But if I was going for an Asher or Emerald cut, I would have wanted a much clearer stone.

    Post # 14
    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It depends on how you feel about color! To me, warmer diamonds look more beautiful. I understand intellectually that Ds and Es are rarer and therefore more valuable, but I personally prefer stones in the I-J range, so for us going with a larger J was a no-brainer.

    Many women feel the same way about clarity. Some feel like slight flaws make the stone unique and distinctive, and love the idea that they could pick their own stone out of a lineup.

    I would really recommend going to look at rings together. You’d be surprised at how miniscule a lot of the differences are. Can you tell a D from an F, or an F from an H? Sure, probably, if they’re side by side. If you have nothing to compare it to? Doubtful.

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