Post # 1
I’m wondering how important diamond clarity truly is in smaller stones?
I’m planning to get a diamond band, probably channel set with princess cut diamonds. It’ll be 0.25 ctw (max .33) with probably 7-15 stones.
I keep finding these amazing deals but then noticing that the clarity is I1-I2 and immediately closing the page. But I’m starting to wonder if the difference between I1-I2 and VS1-VS2 is really noticeable in small stones?
I’m on a budget, but DEFINITELY willing to pay more if it’d be noticeable/obvious. I won’t be wearing my engagement ring after the wedding, so it’s important to me that my wedding band have some sparkle 🙂
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
If you’re only going to wear the band after the wedding, I’d go with the VS+ just to be sure. Even if you cant see an inclusion with your naked eye, I think it still effects the sparkle, since any sort of inclusion will still block or divert the light coming in and out.
Post # 4
I have a .75 semi eternity band and the stones are SI2/I1 (they are too small so some seem to be SI2 and some are I1) and you cant see any inclusions and it sparkles just as much as my SI1 1.02ct diamond…
here is a pic
Post # 5
@pinkshoes: Thanks! The sparkle is what I was most concerned about. I figure at that size any blemishes will be hard to see (and I won’t be looking for them anyway!). But with only the wedding band, I do wants plenty of sparkle!
@GelaMac: Thanks for the photo – that’s helpful! Your rings are beautiful 🙂
Post # 6
@ana77: thanks girl….i really dont see a diff and most of the time my bands sparkle more then the e-ring does
Post # 7
@pinkshoes: This. Cut is still king, even at small sizes, but at smaller sizes the inclusions are going to be fairly significant to get a 12 etc grading. You may not visibly see them by eye alone due to the small size of the stones but significant inclusions – like lots of clouds – can affect their brilliance.
I have rings with small S12-I1 and ones with small VS1-VS2 and I do notice a difference (cut may be a big factor though there too as the VS stones are excellent cut melee). But, if you have nothing to compare it or contrast it with it may not be as noticeable. Especially if you are not wearing it with a pave ering band with higher clarity.
All depends on what you are comfortable with, though.
Post # 8
I have a three stone ring with 2 0.2ct and a 0.33 in the middle. All the stones are I1 or I2, and they sparkle like CRAZY. I do have a small inclusion that is visible in the 0.3, but I can’t see anything with the naked eye in the 0.2’s
Post # 9
Like @GelaMac says you can’t tell the difference. Just make sure the diamondstereo eye clean and not cloudy and you’re good to go. Cut is always the most important factor.
Post # 10
I don’t really think you’d be able to tell when they’re that small. That being said, I would probably go with the better clarity if you can afford it just because it might sparkle a bit more.
Post # 11
I think the lower clarity can be fine… mine are SI2 and they still sparkle like CRAZY. I don’t think it’s worth getting the nicer ones until they become big enough to look like actual stones. What stats of center stone are we talking?
Post # 13
@loving_life: No center stone, it’s for a wedding band. Like a half-eternity band, but a little less than half 🙂
Post # 14
I would avoid the I1-I2 on the stones if you can, but I don’t think it’s going to be a huge deal.
Post # 15
so long as it’s a TRUE I1-I2 (as opposed to an I2-I3) there is no drastic difference.
Post # 16
Before I purchased the wedding band that I have now that has SI diamonds, I had a wedding band that had I1 and I2 diamonds. The reason I returned the wedding band with the I1 and I2 diamonds is because I could really tell a difference between theose diamonds and the diamonds that are on my engagement ring which are VS1 and VS2. I personally think it is an obvious difference, but I focus on those details too closely sometimes.