(Closed) Choosing a diamond…?!!!?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Wonderfully: I told my DH that I wanted something around the W-X/Y-Z range because of the lemony color, which I find very attractive, plus I knew he’d save.  And when you set them in yellow gold prongs the color pops even more, especially if you pair it with white sidestones.  He went with a fancy intense because he could afford it.  He didnt want to “skimp”.  Honestly, I love my ring no matter what.  Color wasn’t a huge issue for me as long as it was yellow and not just warm.  He took color into consideration more than size.  For what he paid, he definitely could have gotten a larger stone in a lower color grade.  In the beginning it sorta bothered me.  The lower down the fancy scale the more rarer the stones.  Fancy intense stones are no where near as common as a W-X, which was another reason he chose that stone. 

In regards to your comment about DBL, I wouldnt say his quality his lower.  He stocks a variety of stones to appeal to everyone but his inventory is whatever he gets ahold of.  More than likely people buy the higher clarity stones quickly.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@Wonderfully:  Clarity is mostly a mind game.  Many SI stones are eye clean, nearly all VS ones are, a reputable dealer with tell you if it’s eye clean or not.  If you need VVS clarity for peace of mind, go for it, but it’s not necessary for an eye clean stone.  

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have a .84 stone and I love the size.

When we were shopping and comparing we compared the .84 to a 1 carat stone and  the size difference was almost imperceptable unless you were really looking to see the sizes in comparison to each other side by side. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with PPs that said VVS2 is an overkill. I’d go with VS, since you can’t see anything with the naked eye anyways.

I think the most important thing when buying a diamond is seeing it in person. Seeing two stones side-by-side, you might have a clear preference (whether it be due to shape, fire, etc.)

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@joya_aspera:  2k more for a stone of the same specs and ridiculously minute size difference? I really doubt you could even tell these stones apart if they were side by side!

I’d go for the .83 carat, which yes, is a great size, and spend the 2k on something else!

Ditto on this!

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MASPA:  I don’t remember what your ring looks like..have you posted it lately? I remember you saying you had a yellow stone though. I seriously thought about a yellow, but in the end, didn’t. I did tell my husband as we were purchasing mine that some day he will get me a yellow one just for sh*ts and giggles. Tongue Out

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@GFerg:  Yes, my ring is all over the place here.  Its an elongated cushion center with 2 trapezoids and 2 baguettes on the sides.  Haha Im sure your husband was thrilled to hear you were planning another ring before you had yours.  I did the same thing, except I want an emerald cut semi eternity ring someday ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Wonderfully:  I have a yellow diamond. Fancy Vivid yellow. 1.01 ct cushion cut in a double halo. Nobody in real life asks specs. (except maybe my sister and one aunt at first) It is eye clean. (can’t recall the exact clarity at the moment) I just get comments on how beautiful it is. I agree with MAPSA about the yellow gold prongs.

Go for what is most important to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ but I think the stone you’ve picked sounds lovely

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Wonderfully:  Quality over size.

Yay yellow diamonds!!! I am hoping my engagement ring will be one as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would look at your VS and SI1 options. I’m a jeweler and I suggest that my clens consider cut,   color, size, then clarity. People don’t walk around with a jewelers loupe to look for inclusions so I think you really only need to pay for an eye clean diamond … Unless you have lots of extra cash to spend on a ring. For what it’s worth my engagement ring is triple excellent cut, E, 1.02ct, SI1 (eye clean) and I’m ver happy with it. Even my friends who are jewelers and diamond dealers that I work with have oogled it.

if you want an intense yellow, go for it. While there are tricks to show off diamonds if you settle for something other than what you want you might never be truly happy with it.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Wonderfully:  I guess what I am suggesting is that you don’t buy a diamond online. I don’t know where you live, but it might be worth it to take a weekend trip into a city if needed to visit some diamond dealers.

Post # 31
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Busy bee

.83 will look fab on you.

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