(Closed) Excellent cut, very good cut, or good cut?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it depends on what YOU prefer. I’m more of a quality over quantity kind of girl while my best friend loves her huge diamond that isn’t as clear. 

Post # 4
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The better the cut- the better the sparkle. I’m quality over quantity, too. I’d rather have a great quality stone on the smaller side because it will look so much better. If you want something bigger but don’t want to settle on the quality, check out halo settings or those with side stones. It will make the stone look bigger. Not to mention- most pay attention to how the ring looks as a whole so pick a great setting for it!

Post # 6
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Cut affects how the diamond will sparkle. Since you said you want your diamond to sparkle like crazy I wouldn’t recommend sacrificing cut for a bigger stone. That’s just my opinion.


Post # 7
1564 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would get excellent to very good if the diamond is graded by GIA. If it’s graded by someone else I think I would stick with excellent cut since other institutes don’t seem to be as strict in their grading process.

Post # 8
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m the kind of girl who can’t tell the difference.  in fact, I have a big ol’ inclusion in my stone that took several months before I noticed. so I definitely don’t think I could pick up on subtle differences in cut!

Post # 9
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Fiance took me to a diamond wholesaler and we looked at the same clarity and color stones in all ranges of cut. Holy crap. HUGE difference.  You can have a really high color and clarity diamond, but if the cut is poor, it looks like frozen spit in the words of Fiance… it just doesn’t sparkle.  We looked at them under natural light indoors, florescent light, and sunlight.  Under florescent light, the poorer cuts didn’t look as different, but wow.. in sunlight my True Hearts/Ideal diamond sparkled blindlingly above all the rest. You can even sacrifice a color grade if you go with the highest cut, if necessary. Not to mention, if you stone sparkles like mad, people will think it’s bigger.  I have a 1.04 round brilliant in a Tiffany style 6 prong setting and people always ask how much over a carat it is.  Most guess it’s 1.25-1.5.

Post # 10
40 posts

I also vote for Excellent cut like the other bees. Excellent Cut will make the stone look more sparkle and “bigger”. If there’s a larger stone with lower cut grade even if the carat is bigger, it will definitely appear smaller. 

You can see this when looking at the GIA report, under the “measurement”, you can definitely view some report and compare facts and numbers.

Post # 11
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Wanderlusty:  Definitely check out loose diamonds with different types of cuts to help you get an idea.

Post # 12
7606 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Cut was at the top of my list of importance.  Go with excellent if you can, I think it really does make a difference.

Post # 13
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Excellent/Ideal cut is a must. It makes it look like your diamond is a better color, like it has fewer inclusions and like its bigger. So a minor sacrifice in the other departments won’t be noticed.

Post # 14
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would say excellent cut! I think an I diamond with an excellent cut is better then a D diamond with lower quality cut and you will pay less for it too and can get a bigger stone! but then again thats what I have, an I diamond with an excellent cut and I get comments all the time at how sparkaly and how nice it looks and how well my Fiance did picking it out!

Post # 15
1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Wanderlusty:  Excellent cut was the most important factor for me because I wanted my diamond to sparkle like CRAZY, If you can get a diamond with an HCA store (Holloway Cut Advisor score) of less than 2 that would also be great…here’s the link to it:



Post # 16
3 posts

Diamond Cut

Ideal cut


This rare cut reflects almost all light that enters the diamond. The ideal grade applies only to 3% of diamonds rated according to this scale.


Very good cut


Reflects almost as much light as the ideal cut, but is more affordable. Represents the top 15% of diamonds rated according to the cut grading scale.


Good cut


Reflects most light, but costs significantly less than the higher graded diamonds. Represents the top 25% of diamonds rated according to the cut grading scale.


Fair cut


This cut is less brilliant, and it represents the top 35% of diamonds rated according to the cut grading scale.


Poor cut


This grade applies to diamonds that lose most of the light, because they are too deep and narrow or too shallow and wide .





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