(Closed) Diamond Poll

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: If I were you, I would....
    1.50, F, VS1 + $1000 : (68 votes)
    35 %
    1.50, F, VS2 (no extra money) : (83 votes)
    43 %
    1.60 F, VVS2 + $2000 : (31 votes)
    16 %
    change out the halo stones! : (5 votes)
    3 %
    change the setting! : (7 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I LOL’d at your “(yes again, sorry).”

    I would probably just change out the halo stones, although if the color itself bothers you, I would probably just swap out for the stone that isn’t extra money. Mine are G and H and they look fine, but I think an I center and F halo stones would be a huge difference and would probably really bother me. You love the setting, so I’d definitely keep the setting.

    Post # 4
    11422 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Since an SI1 stone is eye clean, I don’t think I would spend the extra money to get a VVS2 or a VS1 stone.  I’d probably pick the same size VS2 diamond that doesn’t require you to pay any additional money.  However, I probably would  consider spending more money to go higher in color.

    I just wanted to note that if you have a halo or a lot of pave in a ring, or if your wedding band has a lot of bling, I think you should go with the best color you possibly can so that your center stone doesn’t appear darker. 

    I actually have a bit of the opposite situation happening, because my center stone is a D (I am extremely color sensitive.) My center diamond looks absolutely perfect with my one-carat, half-eternity, wedding band.  However, because my e-ring side stones are two, enormous baguettes that are F in color and are cathedral mounted, the baguettes can sometimes look darker than my super bright center diamond when viewed from the top (i.e. at an angle, because of the cathedral mounting) in certain lighting. From directly on, they’re blinding.

    Post # 6
    291 posts
    Helper bee

    i think your setting is what makes your ring – and if that’s what you love about it i think you should try to find the perfect diamond instead! i know it’s probably frustrating to keep looking! it sounds like you already know what you like about that 1.5 vs1 Smile

    on another note, if you’ve been in contact with your jeweler so often and you know what you want, it seems strange that he can’t get it for you. have you felt like you were getting the best service possible?

    Post # 11
    6110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @heathuhhhhwebbbb:  I agree with @rosegoldie: . Can you just ask your jeweler to find something closer to what you want? You would have to hold onto the current diamond for a bit longer but it might be worth it. For example, have him find you something in the 1.5-1.7ct range in a high color (D-G), is eye clean (regardless of the grading, if you can’t see the flaws it doesn’t matter if it’s a VVS or SI) and will cost little to no more money than you’ve already paid.

    Post # 12
    14659 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Changing out the halo would not be enough for me.  Just cause I can’t immediately see that the stone is not as white as I want, I would *know* that it isn’t and that would be enough to bother me.  It’s just like having a moissy or CZ and passing it off… the whole world may think it’s a diamond, but the only person I need to satisfy is myself and as long as I knew the truth, it wouldn’t be good enough.  I vote the 1.6ct.  It’s seems you want a bigger stone or won’t be satisfied, so just do it… go big or go home.  2k to be totally happy isn’t that much in the scheme of things.

    Post # 13
    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    At this point i dont know what to tell you. You have a massive ring which is absolutely stunning and you’re fixated on small imperfections.  STOP changing it for awhile. 

    Seriously, the things that might have made me want to change me ring awhile ago mean nothing to me now.  I love the ring because its what my Fiance chose. 

    When will you be satisfied? Maybe just start from scratch and build the exact ring you want. 

    Post # 14
    8041 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013


    I looked at a 1.50, F color, VS1, ideal hearts and arrows GIA (which would cost me about $1000 in difference).

    I think this is your best bet out of the choices you list. Larger table = good, good color, no visible inclusions, only $1,000 difference.

    1.50, F color, VS2, ideal hearts and arrows GIA (he would swap that out for no cost).  On this stone there was a feather on the outside of the stone that, honestly, I couldn’t get past.  He said he could cover the inclusion with a prong however.

    No. I would not want a visible inclusion, even if it were covered with a prong.

    Then there was a 1.60, F color, VVS2, ideal hearts and arrows GIA (but this would cost me about $2000 I believe).

    This would be the second best bet, but I think that 1.60 isn’t THAT much different than 1.50, and VVS2 might not be necessary (but it would be nice IMO, clarity is big for me).

    Having him replace my halo stones with stones that are not F in color, but in a lower color, as to not make the center stone appear much more with color.

    No… you will still see yellow. Once you’ve seen yellow, you won’t see white anymore IMO.

    Changing my setting (which I really do love), to a solitare (or something of the sorts) that would help in also keeping the center stone from appearing so deep in color.

    No.. you love your setting (and so do I LOL).. plus you will still see yellow even without the comparison IMO. EGL “I” grade is not that great. I would not want that diamond at all.

    With all that said, does this mean you are not considering upgrading to a 2 carat with nice specs anytime soon? If that was an option, I’d go with the VS2 diamond since it’s no extra cost. If you are considering this to be a done deal for a few years, then I would go with the first option (the 1.50 VS1) or the 1.60 VVS2.

    Post # 15
    11422 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @heathuhhhhwebbbb:  I personally do not have a halo.  However, I’ve seen pics of some rings where the halo looks much whiter than the center stone, so that is why I mentioned halos.


    One of my best friends has a beautiful, very thick, pave setting, and she deliberately chose a D-colored, center diamond to ensure that it would be as bright as her pave setting. She advised me to do the same, and I kept her advice in mind when deciding on my center stone.

    ETA:  Although I read your whole post before I commented the first time, I didn’t make note of the fact that the VS2 stone you mentioned has a significant inclusion, so that definitely would concern me.  However, I do not understand how a VS2-graded stone could even HAVE such a visible inclusion.


    Post # 16
    2167 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @heathuhhhhwebbbb:  Your poll didn’t have this option, but if it did my vote would be for:


    • Stick with the beautiful stone I’ve already got and realise that it dosen’t matter what random people say about it because my fiancee gave it to me as a symbol of his love for me.


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