(Closed) Carat VS color

posted 5 years ago in Engagement
Post # 31
2847 posts
Sugar bee

Seconding RayKay here. I would not get the stone that is on the top, as it looks poorly cut. The one on the bottom is clearly the winner, but for me I’d be ok with the middle stone as well (but no it isn’t as lovely as #3). You will not be happy with the largest diamond and you will sacrifice a lot in terms of light performance and sparkle. A poor cut will actually make the stone look smaller.

Post # 32
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I actually disagree with the jeweler — there is definitely such a thing as too big of a diamond, at least for me!  But then again, I have short fingers. 😉

Even so, I’d probably choose carat over color.  My fingers are a size 6 and I think a 1-2 carat fits them best.  I’d rather have an H or I or J 1-2 carat than a D/E/F 0.5 carat.  But ymmv.  It really depends on what YOU value most, and what you notice.  I can’t tell the difference between a D and a G, I really can’t, but some can.

Post # 33
4250 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

K is too warm for me, so I would go H.  But I do agree the 2ct+ is nice to look at.  I went through the same thing when I got my diamond.  I had some in the I/J range and some in the M range that were .75ct larger.  I wanted that size, lol, but I went for colour instead.  I still do want a larger diamond, lol, but I know the warmth would have bugged me.

Post # 34
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Honestly, it’s all about preference and what is more important to you.  If it were me, I’d choose the J because there just isn’t enough spread to make a big difference and the drop in color wouldn’t be worth it TO ME.

My original stone was a 2.43 ct GIA J (8.7 mm) and I loved it.  I thought it was gorgeous and I loved the pastels it threw off in the shade.  I had the opportunity to get a 3.1 ct K for nearly the same price, but the tint was just too much for me.  I now own a 3.33 GIA I color (9.8 mm), and it is white, white, WHITE — even at that size!

If you love the K, get the K!!  …but if it bothers you in the slightest now, it will continue to bother you.  Best of luck!

Post # 35
590 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

I think it all depends on the setting. Yellow gold will make warmer diamonds less noticeable. Will the setting have diamonds as well? My Fiance did the sweetest thing with a surprise center stone upgrade. I have a Tacori setting with tons of diamonds color D-F. I originally had a 1 Carat diamond, color G. He upgraded me to a 1.5 Carat diamond, color K. I saw it instantly. He had chosen the new diamond when it was loose and not against the setting. It made the center stone look drastically darker compared to the diamonds in the setting. Then I had to somehow break the news to him. I felt awful. I told him that I really appreciated the gift but would prefer to have my original diamond and save (if money was the concern) until we could get something in the color range I wanted. Mind you, I never once asked for an upgrade. He thankful totally understood once he saw the new diamond set. We went back to the jeweler and they took care of us. The ended up selling us a 1.6 Carat color F at cost, so no extra money out of pocket for a much better diamond. How is the clarity in the larger stone? I only ask because the larger the stone, the more noticeable inclusions are. 

Post # 36
403 posts
Helper bee

Loving the look of the third stone. Not so much the top one. I have an H and I wouldn’t go any lower in color to get a bigger stone, so not all women prioritize carat size. The H seemed to stand out to you in term of performance, so hands down that would be my choice.

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