Diamond question

posted 1 year ago in Engagement
Post # 2
573 posts
Busy bee

I think it’s beautiful, I can’t see any inclusions at all. I think you should be fine as long as someone doesn’t grab your hand and take out a jeweler’s loupe.

Congratulations on your engagement, by the way.

Post # 3
8866 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

 camilled1991 :  Congratulations on doing so well for yourself, bee. I’m in a similar situation — grew up poor, now have money to spare but can’t bring myself to splurge very often, so you’re not alone. Regarding your question: me personally, I’m sorry to say but I have yet to see an “I” that I would be excited to wear. I would go down in size and even color in order to get a VVS or VS clarity. Most bees don’t value clarity as much, so maybe I’m an outlier but you asked for brutal honesty. I would wait to see it in person though, especially since your guy picked it out. Maybe the two of you together will agree that it’s perfect for you, or maybe you’ll both be inspired to look at some different stats. Another thing to consider is, if it’s a busy or intricate setting, the clarity won’t be as important as if it were a solitaire. In any case, congratulations on your accomplishments and the upcoming engagement. Best wishes!

Post # 4
6828 posts
Busy Beekeeper

 It really depends on the stone. If you study it you might be able to see the inclusions, but its unlikely anyone else would. My sweet spot for clarity is SI1 and I1 is 2 steps lower. 

Taking a look at james allen:

These are both i1 but look totally different

Pretty highly included, probably visible to the naked eye


larger white inclusion that is likely prongable


Post # 6
5 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

Honestly? I would choose a higher color and clarity and a smaller stone. I am super color sensitive. I could see color in an E. I got a 1.24 oval VS2 D color for probably about the same you are going to spend on that diamond he’s looking at. It looks HIGE and I get compliments ALL THE TIME. Remember, you’ll be looking at your hand every day for the rest of your life. If you see it, you’ll be annoyed. Here’s a pic of mine. I got it at James Allen. It’s the Cushion  Pave Gallery ring with the matching band in platinum. We were luck to snag it during the 25% off sale and spent about $10,000 on the entire set. It’s absol amazing. Don’t skimp. 

Post # 7
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

The color and clarity sound a bit low for my comfort.  Is it round?  I have an emerald cut so it is less forgiving.

Post # 9
4205 posts
Honey bee

“Nobody around me had diamonds that weren’t in their teeth”

I had to laugh at that. As to the diamond question, there are beautiful I1s out there, and you may have one. The diamond’s specs are no one’s business but your own (and your fiance’s). It’s highly unlikely that anyone is going to come at you with a loupe lol. Anyone who would judge you on the basis of an engagement ring isn’t worth your consideration.

Just stay clear of cloud inclusions and you’ll be fine.

Post # 10
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Congratulations!! Just for me personally I wouldn’t buy an I1. Nothing wrong with going down in clarity at all, I have an SI1, but SI2 is the absolute lowest I’d go. 

That being said, if you really love this stone, go for it, as I know there are some beautiful I1’s out there. But if it is going to bug you too much it sounds like you guys have the budget to stay in the VS-SI range and maybe compromise carat size a little but still get a good sized stone 

Post # 11
124 posts
Blushing bee

OP, congratulation on your upcoming engagement. The ring looks beautiful, but it’s hard to see the actual stone. Personally, I would opt for a lower color in the I-J range, but choose better clarity and triple excellent cut. If the cut is perfect then the stone most definitely will face up whiter. And of course clarity is very important, I would not go lower than VS1. My own stone is AGS 000 cut, color I, but IF (internally flawless) on the clarity scale and I am obsessed with it. We opted for quality vs size and it sparkles like a disco ball. 

Post # 12
133 posts
Blushing bee

Puss_in_Boots :  once you’re beyond eye clean, going higher in clarity is a waste of money… unless you like to spend hours staring at your stone with a loupe. An I1 that’s eye clean is a really good deal. But I agree that the animated gif we have is entirely insufficient to judge eye clean or not.

Of course an easy way to get better 4Cs at the same price is to go with a lab diamond, but not everyone wants to choose that.

Post # 13
124 posts
Blushing bee

adastra :  Perhaps. The VS2 stones I’ve seen had visible (to me) imperfections. Besides, there is such thing as “mind clean” and that’s exactly what I (personally) wanted.

Post # 14
121 posts
Blushing bee

camilled1991 :  hi! Congrats! Brilliant cut rounds hide more inclusions than most other stones due to the facets and sparkle. It’s a gorgeous diamond and you deserve it! 

Post # 15
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

It’s beautiful!! Go for it! 

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