(Closed) Don’t know if I should go for quality or size?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Quality or Size? Both the same price.
    GIA Cushion 1.30ct 6.39×6.00×4.06, E, IF. : (12 votes)
    15 %
    GIA Cushion 1.53ct, 7.30×6.21×4.20, F, VS1. : (69 votes)
    85 %
  • Post # 2
    4949 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Papa.Giorgio:   I’d go for the VS1.  Have you seen the stones?  How is the cut rated?

    Post # 3
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    As long as the cut is alright, the color and clarity of both sound totally acceptable. Id for sure rock either!

    Post # 4
    2297 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    you won’t be able to see a noticeable difference between E and F, VS1 is great, so why not go for a larger stone?

    no one’s ever going to say ‘omg, is that IF?’ – past a certain clarity grade, you don’t get a lot of dividends – so i’d much rather have the larger stone of those two. 

    and don’t kid yourself – the larger stone is definitely ‘quality!’

    Post # 5
    3241 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I honestly think that cut is the most important part. No-one except a jeweller will be able to tell the difference between a VS1 and an IF. The colour depends so much on light, and those are both very high grades and I would be surprised if even a jeweller will be able to tell the difference once they’re set, unless the F flashes something other than white and blue which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


    If the cut is better on one over the other, I would get the better-cut one. If they are both Very Good to Ideal… it’s best to see them in person?

    Post # 6
    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I would go for size in this situation. The clarity you listed is great on both, so go for the bigger stone! 

    Post # 7
    2162 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    They’re both excellent quality diamonds. Cushion cuts do not get cut grades, so I would personally choose by which facet pattern catches your eye more. Cushions are A LOT more in depth than just color/clarity. You should be asking yourself-What are their depths? What are their tables? Are they both modified cushion brilliants or cushion brilliants? How are they rated for polish & symmetry? Is one more square or elongated? Lots of cushion info to be analyzed!! 🙂 I would also NOT buy a cushion cut online unless you can return it. 


    Post # 8
    3210 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    The larger stone is great quality! I’d go for that one, depending on the facets and depth. No two cushions with the same colour and clarity are the same.

    Post # 9
    14661 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    There’s no reason to get a IF stone imo.  I’d go for size in this case.

    Post # 10
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Normally I’d go for quality, but the quality of the larger one in your case is great, so I’d pick that one, provided the cut is good. Sounds like you’ll have a beautiful stone either way. 

    Post # 11
    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Have you seen pictures of each of these stones? The standard 4Cs aren’t enough to judge cushions. I also second PP that there’s no reason to get an IF stone unless it’s got a cultural or personal connotation. VS1 is generally going to be plenty clean to the naked eye.

    Post # 12
    5379 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    For some people, IF is worth paying for, but it isn’t for me. In a case like this, I hardly see a F, VS1 stone as “sacrificing quality”. Provided they both have the look you want (cut), I’d choose the larger stone.

    Post # 14
    45 posts
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA

    Both great stones, but I’d go with the larger of the 2 IF the cut was fantastic as well.

    Post # 15
    4419 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’m usually all about quality over size, but in this case, I’d say go large. Unless you are one of those rare people who can actually tell the difference between the color of an E and an F stone, I don’t think you could go wrong with either one. 

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