Help picking diamond for solitaire engagement ring! Better quality or bigger?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
  • poll: Bigger stone or better quality?
    0.5ct higher quality : (21 votes)
    43 %
    0.6ct lower quality : (28 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 2
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    Busy Beekeeper

    You can’t visibly even see a difference between vvs1 and vs2, and E vs F is such a small difference you likely won’t notice much difference there either. I’d go for the bigger one in this case.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    Take a look at the dimensions of the stone too, depending on how it’s cut they might face up bigger or smaller than they actually are 

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Cut is king, and I couldn’t see any color until you get to an H. With a smaller diamond you will be ok with a G. Same with clarity, my 1.9 ct is an SI1 and it’s completely eye clean. For your size stone I wouldn’t spend the money for a VS, I would look for a clean SI1. That way you could get the biggest size for your budget.

    Post # 5
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2019

    I went with clarity and colour over size. Our original jeweller tried to push us into a bigger diamond, but our budget wouldn’t stretch to what she was suggesting because I was keen to get the best colour etc we could. We went somewhere else and I got a gorgeous 0.51ct with D colour and I’ve got so many compliments on how beautiful the stone is! 

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee

    Which one looks best to you, specs aside?? 

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee

    If it’s going to be a solitare, I would say that a better quality stone would make more sense as it is not only the main focal point but the only focal point of your ring. There’s literally nothing there to distract from imperfections or flaws so they will, in a way, be magnified. 

    However, with the specs you’re talking about, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the stones, even including size. (I can’t imagine there being a huge difference between a .50 and a .60.) In this case I would go with the better cut as that’s the determining factor for fire and brilliance or what looks better in person as they seem to have the same cut classification too. 

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    With those stats, I’d go for which looks prettier. If they look identical, I’d go with .6

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Those are “qualities” most eyes likely can’t tell, especially once set. So it really depends on the individual, if you’re really color sensitive etc. It’s best to see some in person to understand what matters most to you. Personally I’d go for H, eye-clean si, 0.8, in the best possible cut I can find. GIA Excellent doesn’t automatically mean it’s the best cut. You might want to post this question on Pricescope if you really care about getting the “best” diamond.

    Of those two specs you posted, if cut is the same, I’d get the bigger one.

    Post # 10
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    Newbee

    Don’t get hung up on all the specs. Just get whatever you think looks the prettiest! 😊

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