Post # 1
Hi, I am about to get engaged and my partner has (wisely!) let me look for a ring before he makes the official proposal. I’ve found a 1.18c cushion halo (plus 0.31 side stones), F in color, I1 clarity. It does have an inclusion that you can see when magnified but to be honest, he couldn’t afford the ring if we went up to say SI1. So, do I go with the larger stone or pick a smaller (maybe 0.75) stone with a better clarity?
I really love this ring but need help! It’s from Diamonds by Lauren in New York and I’m in the UK so need to be sure! Thanks x
PS. The finger in the picture is male and size 13 (I’m size 5!).
Post # 3
I personally think it’s beautiful just the way it is!
Follow your gut – if the inclusion doesn’t mean anything to you then go for it. In the end it has to be something you love regardless of what others may think.
Besides which, if people are examining your ring for clarity instead of being happy and excited for you they’re not exactly opinions you’d want 😉
Post # 4
@HappyH: Pretty ring! Normally I would stray far, far away from an I1…I have an eye-clean SI1…and there are even many eye-clean SI2’s…can you find out if Diamonds by Lauren considered the stone to be “eye-clean”? Is there a return policy?
I live in NYC, maybe I could go check it out for you in person haha
Post # 5
@soy: ha ha, that would be great thanks! They offer a full refund if returned within 7 days. I don’t think it’s eye clean although the owner says they have to really look to see the inclusion.
He is phoning me tonight to have a chat as I’m worried I just won’t be able to see past the mark on the stone. I’ve totally fallen for this one, can’t even explain why but none of the others I’ve looked at appeal to me in the same way.
Post # 6
@Drift_Avalii: thanks, and that’s very true. I don’t think anyone I show it to would even notice something like that. It’s me I’m worried about as I tend to focus on the finer detail of things!
Post # 7
@HappyH: just from the second photo I feel like I can see the inclusion and it is right in the middle. I would definitely choose a stone with better clarity. My opinion is that if you can’t see it, who cares, but that inclusion you can definitely see and I think it would likely still be noticable on your hand. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 8
I think you should shop around more for a better diamond. If that specific diamonds inclusion is right in the middle maybe you can find one that has an inclusion near the sides that won’t be so visible. Good luck!
Post # 9
I wouldn’t wanna look at a big rock and see an inclusion. I’d rather look at my gorgeous clear 0.76 cushion. However, as others have said, as long as its eye clean then you should be ok.
Post # 10
@HappyH: My dear… please go with what your heart desires.. This 1.18 ct Cusion w/ F in color, I1 clarity is beautiful. To go wtih something smaller that you don’t want just because of a simple flaw is nuts. Unless you know the specs, flaws or whatever is there is gonna annoy the hell out of you then leave it be.
I have a F in color, I1 as well. I know where the flaws are and it fits me the person that I am. I have many flaws and the diamond is a representation of me. I am not perfect and have flaws. However I am uniquely special and wherever I go I like to shine my love of life and happiness.
A diamond ering is a reflection of you. If you feel the love inclusion or not then love her. If you know it will be annoying to you to look at for the rest of your life then get something smaller w/ a higher clarity. Eye clean does not truly mean better, just a matter of preference. If you can afford to buy the stunning rock shown then go for it,
In my opinion. I would rather be happy with a decent size diamond and live with a little spec or flaw. Providing its’ not so massive that at first glance its all you see then dont’ worry too much. I have to show ppl where mine are cuz that’s how well hidden they are from the naked eye or first glance. You have to really be gazing at it for a long time to see the specs. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder and to me this ring is not only stunning it’s beautiful.
Go with your gut and be happy. Your SO is giving you the opportunity to choose somethign you will love forever. Everyone will have a different opinion based on their preference likes or dislikes. Having an F in color, I1 ring is not bad nor should be considered an ugly stone just because.
My two cents with no disrespect for anyone’s thoughts or voiced opinions. Love your ring and yourself
Post # 11
I also wouldn’t be too comfortable buying a DIAMOND $$$ without seeing it in person. Please consider shopping around locally. Or purchase the setting from Lauren and go to a local jeweler for the stone? Take your time. A diamond is forever! That inclusion will bug you if it’s visible trust me. You will stare at your hand all day and get to know your ring like the back of your hand. An imperfection will just not do 😉
Post # 12
@WestCoast: I thought the same thing. That is an extremely obvious inclusion, and I wouldnt be happy with it, personally.
I would personally get a smaller diamond with better specs if purchasing online, sight unseen. OP, if you’re in the UK, can you feasibly receive it and then ship it back within that 7 day time limit? I don’t know about international shipping. I really would suggest buying one in the UK. There are plenty of diamonds in the world, and you can probay get a great deal somewhere local
Post # 13
Why do you have to buy that center stone? Can’t you get that type of setting and get it set with a diamond that your SO purchases from an online place like Blue Nile? That would probably save you the difference between and I1 clarity and SI1-2. A quick search of their website says $5500 for a 1.2 carat diamond with F color and SI 2 and Very Good cut. For $200 more you can get a 1.23 carat with F color and SI1, Very Good cut (strong flourescence). A side note on the blue flourecense: Most people cannot tell if a stone has this quality. The old addage that it makes whiter stones cloudy has since been debunked.
Post # 14
@HappyH: I think the ring is gorgeous..I would ask to see if he could take a short video of it
Post # 15
i would not buy that stone. My first diamond was SI2 and while its supposed to be Eye Clean, it wasnt. It had an inclusion right in the middle and i could always tell, it bothered me so much that i had to upgrade to VS2. I can already see two inclusions in that picture you posted and if you’re like me and little details bother you then i would not get that diamond. i think you should go to a store and compare clarities so you can see the difference in person.
Post # 16
OMG… It by passed me all together that you are in another country ( UK ) and making this purchase. I would have to agree with PP’s.. Take due diligence is buying online if you have not actually seen the diamond.
Unless you have a huge window of time to return like 30 or 60 days.. The risk to buy and return is too great. Look at rings locally and get a diamond you can view up close.
As much as I support a purchase of 1F rings, without seeing it first hand you may end up with a diamond you can’t live with because the inclusions are larger than normal or very visible to naked eye. Not gonna lie though…. the ring is stunning