(Closed) I1, I2 and I3 diamonds?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would have loved a higher clarity. My husband spent a fortune (for what he got) on my ring, seriously my center is .23 and I figure at least I2, and K in color, with a pretty poor cut as it doesn’t sparkle and he paid 1200$.  It annoys me all the time. I tried to teach him about diamonds when we started  talking about getting engaged but he decided he knew better…

I love it anyway because he got it for me But I hope to one day get a nice aniversary ring since I’m a jewelry fanatic. 

Post # 3
707 posts
Busy bee

LadySmurph:  Oh no! It looks sparkley and pretty in your photo though! 

Just commenting to follow. ūüôā bring on the diamonds!!!!!!

Post # 4
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

FemShepN7:  aw, thank you! In the ring’s defense the setting is intricate and pretty. The diamond in the halo sparkle nicely, it’s just that center stone that doesn’t!

Post # 5
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

The problem with I clarity diamonds is sometimes it effects the structural integrity of the diamond itself. They are more likely to actually crack, split, or chip. That being said, my diamond is SI2, and I love it!

I feel like I’ve said this a million times (so let’s make it a million and one): I don’t understand why bees put so much emphasis on a high clarity rating. Once it rating gets into the VS range, most imperfections can’t be seen with the naked eye anyhow. It makes no sense to me to worry about them.

ETA: I think your ring is lovely!

Post # 6
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have an SI1 clarity diamond and I honestly wouldn’t care to go any higher unless I had a step cut diamond (emerald, asscher) because the round brilliant is great at hiding flaws. Unless the inclusion was a black carbon spot or right in the middle of the table, you won’t be able to see them without magnification.

Post # 7
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My ring is SI1, and there are no imperfections that I can see, and I doubt anyone is going to bust out a microscope to look at it anytime soon.

Post # 8
29 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

The problem with buying diamonds online is that it’s such a roll of the dice; plus, the cuts of diamonds available on Ritani, Blue Nile, etc. tend to be of lower quality.¬† When you see a diamond in person, you¬†can find better deals — not all inclusions are the same.¬† I have seen plenty of SI2 stones that face up perfectly fine.¬† Also¬†depending on the cut of the diamond and setting of the ring, a color of I, J, or K might be just¬†fine, but you really have to look at the stone.



  • This reply was modified 4 years, 9 months ago by  JustMe74.
Post # 9
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My included stone is so sparklie it’s pretty hard to see. Of course i notice becuase I stare at my ring every day, but it to doesn’t bother me at all. I love my ring!

Post # 10
683 posts
Busy bee

Danie.pearce:  mine is a 1ct G color and I1. I love it! It is soo sparkley! I cant wait to wear my whole set!!

And heres one up close. You have to look at it closely from a certain angle to see anything wrong with it.lol. 

Post # 11
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My ring is an I1, and I love it! Unless I tell someone, no one would ever know. Mine has 81 facets, so I think that helps hide the inclusion since there is so much fire. 

Honestly I wouldn’t change my ring for anything!

Post # 12
2393 posts
Buzzing bee

Danie.pearce:  Here are my two bands that have I1 diamonds. They are H/I in color FWIW.

I honestly don’t notice any inclusions because they sparkle like crazy! I love them!

I think generally speaking, cut and color are more important than clarity. A well cut diamond will sparkle so brilliantly that it will be nearly impossible to spot the inclusions. 


Post # 13
2350 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally I don’t think I clarity diamonds are ‘low quality’ any more than small size or K color diamonds are ‘low quality’. All diamonds are made of diamond and the four Cs are just a way to classify them.  Inclusions do not lower the quality unless they make the diamond structurally unsound (1, 2,and 3 do not generally threaten the soundness of a stone altho there are always exceptions) and in that case it hopefully wouldn’t get set into a setting by any reputable jeweler.  I personally like a few modest inclusions – everyone is different. My personal priority for quality is cut, color, size, then clarity. I want to see more unashamed I clarity stones as well!

Post # 14
677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

I don’t know much about diamonds. But my stone is a J and SI1 I assume that means slighty included. It seems really sparkly to me, I don’t see many inclusions but i don’t know what i am really looking for either.


Post # 15
3586 posts
Sugar bee

I went to the mall yesterday and saw the worst diamonds ever. Cloudy rings with cracks and black all over them. your ring is gorgeous i really can’t see any inclusions. 

I want to see more rings!

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