(Closed) Clarity for eternity band

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2602 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I almost bought an I3 band this weekend but chickened out since I couldn’t see it in person. Curious to see responses. It was such a great price.

Post # 3
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


My response probably won’t be very popular.  I2-I3 stones are going to look cloudy….period.  Depedning on the price and what they are set in, it’s totally up to you.   I bought a band on Etsy a while back with I2-I3 stones set in gold, price was pretty cheap and for what I paid…I was happy with it.  The stones are far from great, but they are so tiny that it doesn’t really matter.  If the stones are small and by small I mean really tiny…I2-I3 are fine, but don’t expect blinding sparkle.  If you have the money I would go for the VS band.

Post # 5
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

VS for sure! I would go I1 if it was crazy cheap but I2-i3 are the frozen spit diamonds.  The inclusions will me so much that light won’t do anything  

Post # 6
1655 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would be worried about the structural integrity of the diamonds. Inclusions that large could cause chipping and cracking very easily if you hit your hand off something or drop your ring. I would say to go with the VS1.

Post # 8
8429 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

msformaldehyde:  VS! I have VS and they sprakle much, much more than I2-I3s I have from cheaper jewelry. If you’re going for a dainty band they don’t charge much at all to upgrade the stones in clarity. 

Post # 10
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

msformaldehyde: I know you kinda already decided, but I thought I’d weigh in anyways as an eternity band lover. 🙂

I looked at a few eternity bands in the I clarity range, and they truly looked ok. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for though, and had one custom made by a jeweller who is verrrry picky about diamonds. I requested “eye clean”. The independent appraisal came back VS-VVS. (He gave us a great deal too!)

The VS/VVS eternity band is just so bright! I swear, it really appears to be a noticeable difference to me. The band is 2.5mm, if that helps. The diamonds are juuust big enough to see into each one, I can see the little cutlets and it sparkles fantastically. I absolutely love it. 

I think with a thinner one, I’d still go up in clarity. The light seems to bounce out better, unfettered by inclusions.

Bonus: if the diamonds are smaller, then it doesn’t cost too much to upgrade.

Post # 11
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

msformaldehyde:  In most cases, the clarity won’t really matter on tiny diamonds– it’s still the cut.

I even have a teeny, tiny carbon spot in tiny diamond on my band- I know it’s there and I WANTED this ring– I chased it down LOL


Sure, there are SALT rocks out there- but you are going to notice that right away.

Mine are I1s and they still sparkle!

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