Post # 1
We are starting to look at loose diamonds. right now I have just looked online. I have a 5.25 size finger and am wanting a 1-2k diamond. I have read a lot about the 4c’s but was seeing what you ladies thought. do you think color and clarity are important? Trying to decide what the lowest color and clarity I could go without being able to see anything from just looking at it. thanks!
Post # 3
In my opinion a diamond is more sparkly with higher clarity. A higher color rating doesn’t really add anything.
Post # 4
I have a 1 carat VVS1-I colour diamond in my e-ring. It’s very sparkly and white.
Post # 5
I think for me clarity was more important than color. Now, my Darling Husband is perfectionist so he went with the best diamond that he could get in his price range. I’m not sure of the specifics but I think he went for a higher clarity rating than color, but I’m pretty sure it’s still an I color.
Edit: I got my C’s mixed up! Clarity over color for me…
Post # 6
Make sure you don’t get a diamond that is an I in clarity…an Icluded stone has marks that you can probably see with the naked eye, and issues inside that could jeopardize you stone…In my opinion si1, si2 are ok, even I1 sometimes….but you really don’t know…if your biggest concern is size go with a lower color, but do not compromise on the clarity…you could buy a 3 ct i2 stone and end up with 2 1.5 ct stones cuz your diamond had feathering in it and broke in half!
Post # 7
I have a 1.21c Si1 D. I definitely prioritized color over clarity. I absolutely could tell the difference between the D and the F stones I was considering, so I selected the D. However, I agree with a PP that you probably would not want to go much lower than an Si2.
Post # 8
I think color is very important if you want your diamond to look clear/white. It was very important to me that it did not look yellow so I placed more importance in the color than the clarity.
If you want it to be extra sparkly the cut, (not the shape), is the most important aspect. It has to be properly cut for light to be able to properly refract and create that diamond sparkle.
Post # 9
for color I was thinking of going to lower than an H and for clarity no lower than an Si2. my big thing is I just dont want to be able to see any yellow color or blemishes
Post # 10
I think clarity is more important than color. Like PP said clarity will affect how it sparkles. My Darling Husband put color above clarity though, but I can’t complain my diamond is a G color and VS2 in clarity.
Post # 11
I think color and clarity are important, but clarity is more important. I have a VVS1 clarity, and F color and its the VVS1 that gives it that extra sparkle. When my Fiance was being educated on diamonds he was told the color isn’t as big of a deal since a G or H wouldn’t be much different than an F since the metal of the ring can change that. Cut is important too though, try and get an ideal cut and it helps add the sparkle as well. Happy Shopping! 🙂
Post # 12
Clarity, Color, Cut, then Carat was my overall game plan.
I strongly disagree with other bees that state color makes no difference as it really does. However, I do agree that clarity is the most important. A diamond with loads of inclusions just doesn’t have that fire and brillance that we all love.
Post # 13
In choosing a stone I’d now go for cut, carat, clarity then colour in order of importance as I actually like the warmer tones of G-J colours.
Cut has a huge bearing on sparkle and I do like a decent size. Clarity I don’t care about as long as it’s eye-clean (although I wouldn’t go below a VS2 on an emerald or asscher cut).
Post # 14
@Soon2bMrsGski:In my opinion, first priority should go to cut (not to be confused with shape) which will affect how light is reflected. Click here for more on cut. Clarity should be next and as others have stated stay at SI or above. You shouldn’t be able to see any inclusions with the naked eye at SI. More on clarity here. Color and carat would depend on which one is more important to you. More on color here and carat here with a small buying guide.
Post # 15
A booklet the jeweler gave my fiance. 🙂 (If it’s too small for you to read, send me a message and I can send you the individual pages instead.)
Post # 16
Cut is king. Don’t skimp on cut. A well-cut diamond (ideal, very good) has more sparkle. Diamonds that don’t rank as well on cut won’t sparkle as much.
For color & clarity, “near colorless” and “eye clean” are good enough.
My diamond, for reference, is color G clarity SI1. Ideal cut.
(The red arrow points to the flaw.)