- 3 years ago
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