Post # 1
Just curious. Which diamond characteristic is most important to you and why? For me it would be:
1. Cut (most important)
4. Colour (least important)
For me colour is unimportant because I’m not colour sensitive at all. You can put a D and an H next to each other and I can’t tell which is which (though I tend to pick warmer colours as “more beautiful”). I love sparkle though, so clarity and cut is fighting for first position.
Pictures of examples are very welcome 😉
Post # 3
@Tibbs: Interested to see how other Bees rate the 4 Cs!
1. Cut (makes the most difference in sparkle factor)
2. Carat (I’m a girl)
3. Color (anything H or higher is great)
4. Clarity (my only requirement is eye clean)
I had the hardest time choosing between carat and color for the second most important C.
Post # 4
Cut it definitely first. Second for me is clarity, as I am a geologist. Then cut and finally color. I however have a sapphire because I find them much more beautiful, and they are still very hard, and actually are more rare.
Post # 5
1) cut – can really change the look of a diamond IMO. I’ve seen some half carat diamonds that look more like a carat because of the good cut, and I’ve seen one carats that look like half a carat. I’ve also seen some diamonds that look flawless but are I2 but the way in which they’ve been cut is excellent.
2) colour I personally like the really cool, near colourless diamonds, so colour is important to me
3) carat I don’t think the carat weight matters too much for me, but rather that it’s in proportion to my finger. I couldn’t wear a big rock because of my fear of losing or hurting the diamond, and because it’s not practical for my future career as an early childhood teacher
4) clarity Really don’t care. I’ve seen some low clarity grade stones that look amazing, it’s all to do with how the diamond is cut. And, my ring apparently has a few inclusions, but I’ve yet to find them.
Post # 6
It’s interesting that we all agree that cut is the most important.
Post # 8
1. Cut (I would max out on this)
2. Clarity – I wouldn’t necessarily max out but I’d get close, because I definitely don’t want inclusions that could affect the lightplay paths that the cut worked so hard to achieve (e.g., clouds) and I also want not to see any inclusions unless I’m specifically searching for them, and I don’t mean “from arms length away,” or “I’ll pretend I don’t see it,” I mean with my face up to my hand, cause that’s how I actually look at my diamond a lot…lol! I chose VS1 for mine, would’ve gone higher if diamonds didn’t cost so much. I don’t get the phrase “eye clean” that I often see on these boards, as I actually wouldn’t call VS1 “eye clean” since in the right lighting and with patience and the knowledge of where it’s supposed to be, I can find my diamond’s inclusion without a loupe, and it’s a good VS1, too. My eyes are healthy but not superpowered.
3. No fluorescence (I don’t like the “fuzziness” I see, I like a very “sharp” look) and Color… as bright white as I can go (because I prefer it and I can tell… even my F has a tiny bit of warmth, but I don’t consider warmth to be a “flaw”… I’d rather have a warm, clean diamond than the reverse).
4. Carat. Obviously beauty is very important to me in diamonds, but I actually don’t have a strong interest in very large stones, and minute differences in weight can cause huge price differences, so this would be something I would sacrifice since it does not affect the beauty. I’m not saying it has no bearing, only that it is more flexible than the others for me.
Post # 9
1. Cut – This factor can really influence the diamond’s appearance more than the others. Cut can affect the gem’s perceived color and size.
2. Carat – I definitely prefer larger stones, so I’d be wiling to sacrifice a bit of clarity and a some color for a bigger diamond.
3. Clarity – As long as it’s eye-clean, I’m happy. It’s not like I’m going to walk around with a loupe in my hand every time I inspect it.
4. Color – Color really doesn’t matter much to me. I have no problem with yellower diamonds – if they were set in yellow gold, they could look really pretty.
Post # 10
Clairity, cut and fluorescence is imporant. A lot of people don’t look at the fluorescence. Mine is a Fiance, Excellent cut, G in color and 0 fluorescence. Over all, the size doesn’t matter as long as the rest is good. I have a .8 ct.
Post # 14
I have an emerald cut diamond and clarity is extremely important with this cut. My diamond is practically see through with all the steps visible.
Post # 15
They all had an importance that had a certain amount of wiggle room. But I guess I’d say cut, clarity, color, carat.
Post # 16
1. Cut is MEGA important
2. Carat (though you have to pay attention to the thickness of the girdle here to make sure your high carat diamond doesn’t look much smaller than it is)
4. Clarity (anything about an S2 is fine to me as long as it’s eye clean)
I wish I would have known 6 months ago that I would end up wanting a sapphire! I spent at least 3 months learning about diamonds, small culet, medium girdle, light or no fluorescence, proper l/w ratio for ovals & marquise….blah blah blah! Then I had to go learn about gemstones lol