(Closed) engagement ring help!

posted 14 years ago in Rings
Post # 19
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I’m w/ the cut & color people.  Clarity is at the bottom of my list, but ONLY in the sense that you CAN get a stone w/ inclusions that are cleverly concealed.  It’s like buying the sofa that has a rip at the bottom of the back and you put it against the wall — yeah, it’s ripped, but who’s ever gonna know but you guys?! 

Another tip: buy slightly smaller than the nice rounded sizes. In other words, it is unbelieveable how much a stone’s price will jump from the .97 or .98 to 1.0.  Everyone wants to say they have a 1-carat stone (or 1.5 or 2, or whatever); my guy saved thousands by not going w/ the 1.0 — who can see less than 5-hundredths of a carat difference?  Not me!  And if you’re like a lot of the other girls on here and have skinny little fingers…a stone just under a carat still looks pretty honkin’ when you’ve got thin fingers!

Post # 20
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I need to pitch in on this thread as I spent countless hours doing research AFTER I got my ring 🙂  Let me put it in a simple way

For your eyes, the most important thing is CUT.
For everybody elses’ eyes, the most thing is SIZE.
Then you may notice the color.
I would say clarity is the least important.  Nobody but you will hold the ring up close to see it. 

The most comment I got from my ring is that "wow, that’s a big stone", "wow, that’s so bright!".   Okay, it wasn’t really that big of a stone, it was under 1 carat but to my friends, it’s big 🙂   However, my stone is an ideal cut stone, with color D.  With 1 eye visible inclusion.  For a few weeks, I got a different stone with a deeper cut than mine, I kept looking at it, and it’s just not nearly as bright.

There an online calculator to see if your stone has all the qualities of a bright stone: http://www.pricescope.com/cutadviser.asp

And this site has more education information than my brain could digest: http://www.goodoldgold.com   They are also very nice on the phone when I asked for advice!

I would also suggest that you look at the star129 stone.  Good old Gold has video comparison of that stone with regards to the other ones.


Post # 21
28 posts

It is ALL about the CUT!!!  The cut determines how brightly your ring shines.  Keep in mind that the color & clarity will always be compromised by how clean your ring is.  I have a colorless & near flawless ring and right after I clean it, I can admire the color and clarity but after it’s been exposed to soap and life in general, it looks a few grades lower on both the color and the clarity — what shines through is really the cut.

Post # 24
1699 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

This was the first thread ever on the ring board at Weddingbee!

@babagrlshell:  thanks for the interesting info from someone in the business, especially the info on the rarity of large gem quality diamonds. I suspect you are long gone from this site as it’s been 5 years but thanks any way. Smile

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