(Closed) I2 diamond VS SI1

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Is it worth the trade in?
    Yes! Who cares if it is a little smaller and it costs more! It will sparkle like crazy! : (32 votes)
    44 %
    No! That's alot of money for that! : (34 votes)
    47 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    4 %
    : ) : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The difference in cut will make a big difference. The difference in inclusions should be visible, but it depends on the specific diamond. Some inclusions are more visible than others.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would say that if you don’t have visible inclusions than I would not upgrade. 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    It is a lot of money.

    The diamond would be more sparkly, no doubt.

    I would save my 2600 though, unless your I2 has visible inclusions to your naked eye, in which case I would change.

    Post # 6
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    As another bee mentioned, your ring is likely not sparkly because of the cut, unless you have a big honking inclusion that is impeding light return. If you can upgrade to an excellent or ideal cut you may see better results. You should try to look at some in person to compare cuts.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I will defer to other bees who have much more expertise than I regarding the difference between ideal and very good cut. 

    However, an SI1 diamond (which I have) is considered to be a great choice for clarity, because it still should have no visible inclusions (defined as being viewed ten inches away from the stone, by the naked eye.) The inclusions in an I2 stone definitely should be much more visible.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I guess you can see inclusion in your current diamond?  Does it bother you?  Princess cut should have high clarity because it’s easier to spot than round brilliant.  Ideal cut should give the diamond more sparkle.  I don’t think you will see much different in size.  So if this will make you happier with your diamond and you can afford it, why not!

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

    @JessMorgan777:  There can be a big difference between I2 and SI1. I have seen I2’s that look cleaner under magnification and to the naked eye than an I2. It really just depends on a lot of factors and what type of inclusions the diamond has no matter what clarity rating it is.

    And really the only thing to guarantee great light return is the cut. But I’m frugal so you know I’m going to say that’s a lot of money 😉

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Do you have pictures of the stone or the grading report? It would help to know where and what type the inclusions are.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    If your current diamond isn’t sparkling the way you want it to, it’s probably due to the cut and not the clarity.  If you were going to upgrade to that other diamond, it will be sparklier because of the cut, not the clarity!  Are you going to go for it?  Keep in mind that you should ask whether your new stone can be set in your current setting.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Are the inclusions listed as feathers? “Feather” is a nice word for “crack” (don’t worry, my diamond has one too!). If the only inclusions in the I2 diamond are feathers, I’d be worried about the durability of the stone as that is a really low clarity grade.

    As other posters have stated, the cut is going to contribute the most to the “sparkliness” of the diamond. “Very good” usually doesn’t mean very good, as silly as that seems.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee

    I want to add that “feathers” I don’t believe are considered cracks until they reach the surface. And of course inclusions make the stone more vulnerable but you can chip or crack even a flawless ideal cut stone. Just get what you love!! Don’t get caught up too much in the specs. If you love the way it looks and will enjoy it that’s what matters. If you get a stone just because of the specs but it’s smaller than you would like, doesn’t sparkle enough, etc then there is no point IMO. 

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