Post # 1
Good Afternoon Ladies,
I am struggling between diamond size and quality for my girlfriends engagement ring. What do you typically look for in an engagement ring diamond.
The poll contains two examples of what I am looking at that are similar in price.
Post # 3
Personally, I would choose a bigger stone because no one actually asks or needs to know quality.
Post # 4
It depends on the girl, personally I prefer quality over size. In fact big rings bother me, I get larger rings caught on clothing all the time and my job involves wearing latex gloves (which the ring would rip) so a larger ring would be something that would bother me in day to day life. The diamond my Fiance gave me is .6 Carats (round/brilliant) and is REALLY nice quality (in my opinion) I can’t get over how beautifully it sparkles. Color G. Clarity VS2. Cut Grade Ideal. I don’t think this picture does my ring justice but it’s the only one I took of just the e-ring. My finger size is a 5 and a half to give you an idea of the diamond to finger ratio lol.
Perhaps you should swear one of her friends to secrecy and get their opinion based on what they know about her jewelry preferences?
Post # 5
I am not super great and reading spec’s. I like a larger stone but not sure if sacrifing quality is the way to go either. What I do know it the better quality and more sparkle the ring has the larger it looks.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
It definitely depends on the girl. Quality is far more important to me than the size of the diamond.
Post # 7
I prefer a better quality stone than a bigger one.
Post # 8
I went for quality over size, however, both of the diamonds you posted are amazing quality. Since that is the case, I would actually go down to vvs2 or vs1 and go up to ideal cut and up to a G if possible on the 1.00 ct and it will be just as amazing! The cut is the most important thing. Especially since it is a round brilliant the color will be completely masked even if you dont go up in color and honestly at eye level there is no difference between vvs1 or vs1, that is only on paper and the wallet but quality wise it is still amazing 😉 Also what ring size is she? And what is her personality? If you know she wants big then the problem is solved if you’re not sure, well then I would still go big but thats just me lol Bt if she’s a ring size 3 the 1.00 ct will look huge on her, if she’s a size 6 or 7 it will look gorgeous. I recommend looking at round brilliant boards to see if you like the look of halos too….
Post # 9
You do not need D color, IF or even VVS2 clarity. You also don’t need super ideal. Ideal/excellent cut is perfect. You can certainly drop clarity to VS2 and be fine, and color is more of a preference, though the average person doesn’t tend to notice any color in as low as an H. This applies to round brillants. If you’re looking at a step cut stone like an emerald, higher clarity is important. If you’re looking at a princess (for example), there is no excellent cut and very good is fine. The two examples you post are pretty extreme differences. Paying for IF is totally unnecessary unless that’s something you specifically want.
Post # 10
I like the specs of the 1.01 carat you chose.
Post # 11
My personal preference – quality over size, any day of the week. I picked a smaller diamond for my e-ring, and it BLAZES. In crappy light, in sunlight, it looks alive. The entire reason I wanted a diamond instead of a different gemstone was the sparkle factor. The larger stones I saw in the same price range just didn’t have that same wow effect.
But it’s not our preferences that matter, it’s hers! Talk to her BFF, her sister, someone that knows her taste and jewelry preferences. While you’re at it, see if they can narrow down some style options too. That way you’ll get what she really wants. And don’t worry, women are good at getting this info without spilling the beans.
Post # 12
The specs of the bigger one here are terrific so you should go for that one.
Post # 13
I definitely like quality over quantity. But, as many PPs said, it’s up to the individual girl. Is your lady more inclined to be into bigger stone at first glance or brighter/clearer sparkle? I went smaller stone, higher quality and have been consistently surprised by how many people notice (and comment on) how unusually sparkly it is.
Post # 15
Usually I say go higher quality, but the 1 ct stone has AMAZING stats and is nearly twice the size!
So I say go big!
Post # 16
I bet the 1.01 ct diamond is beautiful. They’re both high quality – get the 1ct diamond. Mine is a 1CT H VVS1 VG Ring Bearer and it’s gorgeous.