(Closed) Carat Vs. Colour

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
109 posts
Blushing bee

confusedman1001 :  I would eliminate option two right off the bat because it is only eye-clean at 6in away.  For the money that you’re paying, a slightly larger diameter, measured in 0.-something mm, is not worth it in my opinion.  Once it is in the setting, a slight increase/decrease by 0.-something mm is not going to be particularly apparent. But the inclusion will definitely be apparent to someone who will be looking at the ring every day. 

I agree with PP about looking at the diamonds in person. Since both have HCA score < 1, it’s extremely unlikely that they do not perform well, but they will perform differently. I would compare options 1 and 3 under different lighting, turn the diamonds to see how they differ (light return, fire, scintillation, spread), and inspect the whiteness of the G vs the I.    I’ve seen some dark colored Gs and some extremely white Is. 

If it happens that the smaller diamond has ‘excellent’ spread, while the larger diamond has ‘very good’ spread (which is more common even among great HCA scores), it’s possible that the smaller diamond will look bigger than the bigger diamond in many situations. Your intended has wonderfully slim fingers so either diamond will provide great coverage for her. 

Now to the most important part: How particular is your Girlfriend when it comes to important things? Even a person, who normally is not much into jewelery, may be very particular when it comes to the engagement ring (this describes me).  My original engagement ring was a complete surprise and very beautiful, but not to my taste.  In the upgrades, I was 100% in charge of the selection and everybody was happier.  For myself, I chose a smaller diamond for the sake of quality and I don’t regret it.  If you are extremely worried that your Girlfriend will have a very strong preference for either option 1 or 3, you can always get a cute little CZ ring for the proposal, then offer her the chance to select the diamond herself to be set into the ring. 

ETA: I just saw that you mentioned an H colored, VS2 diamond.  If it is also triple x, with great HCA score, and looks and performs excellently, I would go with this option! 

Edit2: I mean to say options 1 & 3 not 1 & 2, oops

Post # 32
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

What color is the band? If it’s platinum or white gold, I’d go with option 1 because color would be more important (color is more noticeable with platium/white gold than yellow or rose gold). Also, as someone pointed out above, the difference between 1.3 and 1.5 carats is so hard to see! 

Post # 33
264 posts
Helper bee

Personally I would want option 3 but it sounds like she might be very color sensitive and she has small fingers so I think option 1 would be perfect for her!Β 

Post # 35
33 posts
  • Wedding: May 2017

crunchymacaroons :  Haha thanks, shes a real beauty, and very photogenic.

Post # 37
1700 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I would prefer option 1 because it will look similar in size to option 3, but with much higher color and clarity. 

Post # 38
109 posts
Blushing bee

confusedman1001 :  Option 1 sounds great! It will be so white and sparkle so beautifully. With such excellent specs, your future fiance will not worry about letting people inspect her ring up close.  I would not entirely write off the H colored diamond yet, assuming your budget allows.  There is such a thing as DSS (diamond shrinkage syndrome). What starts out as “too big” will eventually feel “just right” or ocassionally, even “too small”~  tongue-out

Post # 39
1255 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - victoria educational gardens

Go with #1 it will look large on her finger since she’s a size

3 1/2. Type in the specs on this site http://www.diamdb.com it will show you what this size will look like on her size finger.

Post # 40
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’d go for Option 1. My finger size is 5, and I have a 1.21 ct center stone, and it’s a perfect proportion IMO. Given your GF’s finger size (smaller than mine + larger center stone) and dimension, it’s going to look amazing!

 Personally, I’d be happy to sacrifice a smaller ct weight for a better color and clarity, so that’s why I chose #1. It is going to sparkle like crazy! πŸ™‚ Good luck and keep us posted!!

Post # 41
4258 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I am looking forward to your thoughts on #4 when you see!  And for the knife edge, you can actually get a softened knife edge.  Same look but not hurting between the fingers.  πŸ˜‰

Post # 42
3114 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman


For what it’s worth, eye clean from 6 inches away would be fine with me and I would have chosen #2 from the original list but I seem to be the minority on that.

Post # 43
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

I vote for option 1. Nice clarity and color! I have a G colored IF diamond. So color and clarity kind of tie for 2nd place to me and carat weight is last. A 1.32 diamond is big! She will love it! Good for you, for doing your research! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Post # 45
484 posts
Helper bee

confusedman1001 :  Lucky girl. I would’ve chosen the same as you. The diamond is stunning and the perfect size. It’s going to be a dream ring!

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