(Closed) I2 diamond VS SI1

posted 7 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)
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    No! That's alot of money for that! : (34 votes)
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  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @JustLove25:  

    Pricescope has a great page on this: http://www.pricescope.com/journal/diamond_feather_inclusions_durability_risk

    I asked about the grading report because if the main inclusions (the clarity setting inclusions) in an I2 diamond are feathers, you can run into durability issues. Quote from the above article:

    “It is only the I2 category (determined by feathers) that I begin to think of the feather as being a threat to the durability of the diamond.  And indeed, this is one of the characteristics of the I2 category (established by GIA), where they tell the grader to consider possible durability issues.”

    JustLove25 is right though — if you love it, that’s all that matters. My engagement ring is of a lower color that a lot of people would find undesireable (believe it or not, my stone is an M color), but I love it. In terms of clarity, there are “eye-clean” I1s and VS2s with visible inclusions. It’s all kind of a crap shoot. You need to determine what’s important to you and whether or not it’s worth the additional cost.

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    if you want sparkle, replace it for a moissanite! 🙂

    Post # 19
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    Sugar bee

    @cmbr:  That is true. My main point that not to choose a diamond based on the clarity grade thinking that it’s anymore durable than any other diamond. Any diamond can chip or crack if you knock it at the right angle. 

    In the end my best advice for the OP was to choose whatever she loved regardless!

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Its too bad you dont have a round, theres a HCA tool that allows you to get info on the light return in different settings based off the specs. You could always go for a .9 with upgraded specs (that alone will save you 1k.) My huney and I expected to spend 8k on my ring, but I knew he was more comfortable with under 7k so I opted for a .91. You literally can not tell the difference between it and a 1ct because I was able to get a  very good cut, f color and it happens to be in the top 1% of diamonds for light return based on the HCA tool. (I had to brag, sorry!)

     

    I wouldnt change the diamond though unless you really see a difference between it and the new one, and a significant one for 2k. It sounds like you’ve already got a pretty nice rock to me!!!

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I wouldn’t bother changing your center stone unless you can see the inclusions and the stone doesn’t sparkle the way you want it to. Cut determines the sparkle far more than the inclusions in most cases, and unless there is light for a stone to refract back, no stone can sparkle all the time in all types of lighting.

    If you are serious about upgrading your stone though, I’d have a talk with your SO and discuss a monthly savings plan, set aside the cash and start poking around, looking for a stone that will make your heart sing more.

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You have to be happy with your ring….If you are going to keep looking at your diamond thinking ‘shoulda, coulda, woulda!!!’ then I say upgrade.

    I wouldn’t personally trade up. I’m very sentimental about things but also a little pragmatic in the sense that their will always be a diamond that will be bigger and sparklier than one I own. I would personally prefer a shittier diamond and a nice holiday!! But each to their own. Laughing

     

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    So just to clarify what I said:

    You never mentioned if the inclusions are listed as feathers. Lots of stones have feathers, even a VVS1 can have a tiny feather. The only thing that would worry me is IF the inclusions in your stone are feathers and IF those feathers are the only inclusions (meaning that the feathers are the reason that your diamond got an I2 clarity rating).

    If your diamond has lots of clouds, or lots of pinpoints and that’s why it was rated I2, you’re golden. I would just personally worry only if your stone had feather inclusions that were so profound that the stone got an I2 rating.

    If you’re really worried, you can take it into a jeweler for their opinion. Most feathers will not affect the durability of a diamond. They’re more worrisome when very large, when there are very many, or when the feathers approach the exterior of the diamond.

    Post # 29
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    Sugar bee

    @JessMorgan777:  What shape stone are you leaning towards? Did you still want a radiant?

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