Post # 32
i am all about quality. my future father-in-law says it best when speaking about “saving” money by buying lesser quality products: “Congratulations, you just saved $1000 on that ring! Now you have a $5,000 piece of crap!” It may not be that extreme with a lower quality diamond haha but you get the point. I guess this is all personal preference but I would much rather know that I have one of the highest quality diamonds than try to “show off” this larger diamond that probably won’t sparkle nearly as much. My diamond is .75 carats and it is fantastic. I get compliments about how beautiful my ring is constantly! I have friends who have bigger rings but they do not sparkle nearly as much. ‘
quality wins in my book.
Post # 33
The simplest way to explain this is Certified means that the ring has paperwork to verify that it is 100% what you paid for. If it says you’re getting a G/VS2 then that’s exactly what you’re getting. If it’s not certified, they could say you’re getting a G/VS2 but actually round up (like saying “it’s close enough”) and it actually be more like an H/SI1. For non certified rings, it’s more like getting an estimate.
Most diamonds in places like Kays or Zales are NOT certified suprisingly enough.
Post # 34
@yrret107 and @Sking – yes not all diamonds are certified. I don’t know all the specifics. Fiance knows much more about diamonds than I do but he told me that not all diamonds are certified. However, there could be other certifiers than just GIA. Who knows.
Post # 35
i dont know too much about the 4 Cs. but i think the better quality, the more they sparkle! and i love rings or jewelery that sparkle!
Post # 36
Wow. Tons of great information. Yes, I noticed that not all diamonds are certified. I was wondering about that.
Ugh…I don’t know what I will do. As of right now, I just want to get an entirely different stone in a size I want and leave it at that! I would be happy with that since I have other diamond rings I could wear if I want something sparkly but my husband is so damn traditional that he thinks a 3 stone diamond ring with a plain band doesn’t look like you are married, so no way would he think a blue sapphire or something else would look like I was married, even if Kate Middleton has one now.
I guess I have tons of research to do when we really do plan to look in September. It’s just hard b/c I want a bigger ring b/c of the way it looks on my hand. I just can’t justify spending tons on a smaller ring, regardless of quality. Hmmm…I guess I have my answer there. Although, I won’t spend tons of a really crappy ring either.
Post # 37
@pinkstardustdesigns: What kind of budget are we talking here? Might be able to help you out.
Post # 38
I second littlemissmango. This is what my local jewler told Fiance and me as well. The better the cut the more sparkle you get. If you want sparkle absolutely make sure the cut is nothing less than Very Good, but go higher if you can. And she’s right as well about putting a D and H side by side you can barely tell a difference if at all. And once it gets mounted on your ring, without a D to compare it right next to, you absolutely cannot tell. So to answer your question, I think you have to meet somewhere in between. Certainly, if the clarity is kind of low, but you cannot see any inclusions with the naked eye, then its worth the money you save. And if you pick an H color and it still looks clear once put in your setting then its probably worth the money you save.
My Fiance and I picked something in the near colorless range, a little lower than I had originally expected to pick and somethign with a little lower clarity grade as well. This was at the advice of our jeweler and he ended up saving us a few thousand dollars and I was still able to get a good size diamond within our budget that doesn’t look like we skimped just for size.
Post # 39
I actually voted for the bigger stone. My mom has a 1.5 carat that is gorgeous and has one flaw in it that I still can’t see it even when she points it out.
Post # 40
I voted bigger less quality. As long as it doesn’t look fake, and not too over the top huge.