Post # 1
The center stone of my e-ring is gorgeous… Originally a solitaire, hubby picked it out and gave it to me when he proposed and I stare at it constantly! since then, I got it reset and it’s absolutely my dream ring.
In this 1 carat princess diamond there are a couple imperfections, but only when you look at it closely (or stare at it all the time like I do 🙂 but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this about my ring.
In the size controversy, I often see ladies choose quality before size and I would mostly agree. To buy a diamond just to show off size is not very wise, but I think it is okay to not have an absolutely perfect stone. I could choose mine out of a lineup, no problem, and it totally gives it character. I wouldn’t trade mine for anything — whether to gain size or quality.
Is there anyone else out there that is in love with their imperfect stone with character??
Post # 3
Honestly, no. I found a flaw in one of my side stones and am actually going in to my jeweler tonight to approve the diamond they ordered to replace it. We paid for visibly flawless diamonds, and the fact that I can see a flaw means that isn’t what we got.
I get what you mean, absolutely – it makes the stone uniquely your own, and all that. But I’m not sentimental like that. I want them to look perfect, so I’m having this stone replaced and I don’t give a flying **** what they do with it afterward. 🙂
Post # 4
I loved my diamond when I got it, but it had to be fixed for my own sanity. It came to me with a chip in it (It’s 4 generations old in my hubby’s family so it’s been around), and it was weak where the chip was so if I knocked it on something in that same spot it could have done some damage. I didn’t want to be responsible for ruining a family diamond.
Post # 5
That’s definitely understandable… I wouldn’t want to have to worry about that either! I more-so mean small imperfection inside the diamond as opposed to weak because of age and wear. In your case I would do the same.
Post # 6
We exchanged my first stone because it had a very visible dark carbon spot near the top and center of the stone. We couldnt really see it in the store but in natural light it was very obvious. It bothered me, and I also felt like my FH got a bad deal and paid too much for the stone being that obviously flawed. We were able to easily exchange it for a stone that was almost exactly the same, just without any visible inclusions, and we’re both so happy we did it while we were still in the return window. However, my new stone is NOT flawless and I love it. It has a couple small, clear inclusions that can only be seen from the bottom or side. From the top it looks perfect though. We were able to save a ton of money by not worrying about getting an IF. I’m 100% content with my ring.
Post # 7
yes, i agree with you. my stone has a small speck of a spot near one of the prongs, and we knew about it, and picked the stone. im perfectly happy with it. im the only one who can see it mind you. but it gives me sense of mind that i KNOW this is my stone, so a jeweller can’t switch it, or anything like that (urban legend???) and when i stare at my diamond, i think to myself “wheres that little guy? oh, there he is!” haha, yes im weird about my ring!
Post # 8
I have an orange diamond that is a cushion cut, and it has an imperfection on the corner- luckily where Darling Husband can cover it with a prong. I do love my diamond exactly how it is though! The imperfections are what makes it unique, and knowing the birthmarks will allow you to pick your diamond out of several.
Post # 9
@MissQG: sad to say that the jeweler switch isn’t an urban legend at all, i know quite a few people who have been dooped that way.
all the more reason to get to know your diamond and all of its imperfections (yes every one of us on here has a diamond with imperfections- there are very few in the world that don’t!!). if you’ve had yours appraised you will have an actual diagram that pinpoints each flaw
Post # 10
My pear center is 2.26 ct – and the color is I think L? You cannot tell unless you’re in natural light, and even then it’s SO slight but I LOVE it! Very very faint champagne color and I’m even planning to complement it with a canary diamond or yellow sapphire wedding band.
Post # 11
Thanks for posting! Sometimes it makes me feel self-conscious when I read all about people’s flawless or eye clean diamonds. But honestly, mine is I2 and I can only see one flaw. It’s a small black mark near the top corner (can’t see it from the side, only from the top, and only if you look really hard). I wouldn’t change it at all! It also really doesn’t bother me because kind of like you, I like my one carat and we honestly couldn’t have afforded a really good clarity one. It still sparkles so much and has F colour, and I swear even I sometimes have to look closely to see the imperfection 🙂 I think if clarity personally bothers you then you should worry about it…but otherwise who goes around inspecting other people’s engagement rings? I have never ever looked for or noticed a flaw in anyone’s diamond.
Post # 12
My stone is an I1 and I LOVE it! I notice all of the specks because I look at it closely, but you can’t see anything from the top where others look at it. This is my second stone, the first stone was exchanged because we were sold a VS2 and it had a large carbon spot on it. The one I have now is a higher carat weight and much better color, but we went down in clarity.
Post # 13
@MademoiselleL: True dat. Most people don’t look at my ring or look at it out of the side of their eyes. I’ve had maybe three people look up close.
Post # 14
I was antiques shopping with my mom and I stumbled across a ring that was made from a milky quartz with lots of clouding, and I loved it. While a completely different stone than a diamond, imperfections can be beautiful too.
Post # 15
i know what you mean, and those “i would rather have an X, than a big flawed diamond” comments get to me too.
my diamond solitaire is a little over 1.5cts, its GIA vs2 and beautiful, but if i turn it upside down i can see a teeeeeny black carbon spot. it does bug a little, but hey its a natural stone from the earth, its to be expected.
i’m also a simulant wearer, mainly moissanite and i love that to for its own qualities. i’m happy my engagement ring is a diamond, but for everything else i choose moissanite. and when you have a large diamond engagement ring everyone assumes your other jewelry is diamond too lol.
i love both but i don’t think one is inherently superior to the other, its all about preference.
Post # 16
I can totally look at mine and pick it out without having it under a microscope. Nobody else really can. My diamond was my fiance’s grandmother’s and when we were having it reset, the jeweler showed me a black carbon spot as a way to always be able to identify my ring. He said he does want to get me a different diamond one day so we can reset it and pass it down but I love it because it makes it unique and I can always tell that it is my diamond if I ever have to get anything done to it.