Post # 1
I just bought a 1ct center stone that’s colorless, but I1 quality. It has obvious inclusions when I inspect it, but at a quick glance they sometimes seem hidden. Does anyone have pictures of I1 diamonds, and can other people notice the flaws when they inspect your ring?
Post # 3
No one has seen the flaws excepting me and because I looked closely. Additionally, my stone is small so it might not be as noticeable as with a 1 carat stone. The jeweller told us that if we were getting I1/I2 stones to stay small (about 1/2 carat or less) as the larger stone would be more noticeable.
My Fiance has given me the option to change the ring but $1500 extra for the new set is simply not worth it to me (altho’ it isnt my money)
Post # 4
I1s are not all the same.
Some look (forgive me) like poo, others are beautiful with just white feathering.
Most people will never examine your stone the way you will- so if it is a good cut and sparkles I think an I1 can be a smart budget related choice.
Post # 5
I was at Kohl’s last night and noticed that most of their diamonds used for various jewelery other than e-rings seemed to be in the I1-I3 range. I think the only noticeable difference between the diamonds I saw was that they didn’t sparkle or catch as much light due to the inclusions. Obviously you know your ring better than I do, just an observation I had.
Post # 6
It depends more on the diamond map I think. I have seen a loose I1 diamond that I can see a visable black spec from the side with the naked eye. I can’t see it from the top of the ring though – just the side of the stone and that’s likely because it’s close to the side. It got it’s rating because of that spot but I couldn’t pick it out when it’s held like one would expect. All the parts that matter to the cut are quite clear.
Most people won’t inspect your diamond that well.. they might notice if it’s cloudy or doesn’t shine very well but if you’re happy with all of that then that’s all that really matters. Atleast one person I know of has a heart shaped inclusion she got specifically to be unique and actually draws people’s attention to it.
One thing I should note for you – a number of jewelers will NOT work with stones graded under Si1 in certain techniques because they are to affraid the stone will break around the inclusions.
Post # 7
I think alot of Zales/ Sears/Wal-Mart rings are I clarity (not trying to single any rings out, just an observation!) and I’ve seen alot of pretty diamonds from there. I think it definitely depends on the nature of the inclusions and where they are located. Some cuts obvoiusly hide them better than others. I have an SI2, which is just a step above the I1 and I have a tiny little carbon pinprick in my stone, which only I ever notice. But it’s also an excellent cut round brilliant with amazing sparkle. All I ever heard from others was “you have a gorgeous diamond!” Do you have a picture of your diamond?
Post # 8
@jamiesrichmond: I don’t have a picture but have seen many I1 diamonds and from what I observed some can be very clear and others so cloudy they do not sparkle well at all. It depends on how it’s cut also. If you have a very well cut diamond it usually can help hide the flaws much better than a diamond that is poorly cut.
Post # 9
I think it depends on where the inclusions are, and also the other characteristics (color, cut, etc).
Personally, I chose a lower color & a higher clarity because they seemed to sparkle way more, but it’s really personal preference (and I like warmer stones).
Post # 10
My diamond is actually 1.1 carat and I2 clarity. I don’t have a problem with it, but the flaw bothered me at first (it’s a small black carbon line). Now I don’t notice it unless I look for it. Here are some pics (it’s my e-ring that’s the I2…my wedding band in the last pics is SI1 I think):
Post # 11
Mine is an I1 but it has a pretty decent color, G. The only inclusion I can spot (and only in bright lighting) is a tiny bit of feathering that’s mostly covered by one of the claws. Nothing wrong with an I1 provided it has a good color and not a huge obvious spot. I’ve seen higher clarity diamonds look worse if they have a bad color or an inclusion in an obvious spot – it’s all about the placement!
Post # 12
My old e-ring was listed I1 I2 or something like that. It sparkled like MAD! It only had one little carbon spot & only I could notice it & only after wearing it for months.
The black lines you may notice in the center of the stone is a shadow. Most marquise diamonds get it, called the bow tie effect. It has nothing to do with clarity.
Post # 13
Mine’s an I1 and a good cut and color (E) and no one has ever noticed my inclusion, it’s at the very bottom of the stone and I can only see it when I get really close to it and in certain light and probably because I know where it’s at. It sparkles like crazy and my fiance can’t even see it when I point it out to him LOL. I think I1 is an awesome choice to save some cash on a stone!
Post # 14
i think I1 is the smartest choice. nobody will look closely enough to see any flaws, and you can get a bigger stone for the same price. only YOU looking really closely might see them. i like the look of a big stone, and most people if they are the type to ask, will ask what size it is. not what cut, color or clarity.
even though each aspect is important, the size is usually still the most important one in society’s eyes, to be blunt.
Post # 15
My ring is a H in color, and the clarity is SI2, but I can’t see any inclusions:)
Post # 16
When we went shopping for Engagement Ring, we tested one out that I had I1 inclusion and I could spot 2 black spots right away when I looked very close. My Fiance couldn’t see the inclusion without 10X loupe but once he used the loupe, he’s not interested in that ring anymore.