(Closed) Is color or clarity more important to you?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which is more important when looking for your diamond? Color or Clarity?
    Color- the brighter the better! : (68 votes)
    52 %
    Clarity- the less imperfections the better! : (37 votes)
    28 %
    I cant tell the difference either way! : (17 votes)
    13 %
    other.. please explain : (9 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    13095 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think you have to balance the two.

    IMO – if they look the same to the naked eye, what difference is the added clarity going to make?  For me, I want a diamond that to the naked eye has no visible inclusions and shows no visible color.  If it meets that, increasing those two Cs farther provides no benefit to me.  As you said, no one is walking around looking at your diamond with a loop!

    I base my decisions on those two Cs based on what the naked eye, not the loop, can see.

    Post # 4
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    What cut is yoru diamond? With some cuts, clarity is more important.  If you can’t tell the difference with the naked eye though, I would just go for the SI2.

    Post # 5
    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Someone else recently posted something similar – wanting a bigger diamond and would you be willing to sacrifice color/clarity for it.

    It really depends on what you like.  I didn’t want any yellow tinge to my diamond, so color was most important to me.  As far as clarity, as long as I couldn’t see any imperfections with just looking at it, I could care less if something shows up under a microscope (b/c right, who is going to carry around a microscope to see my diamond).  Cut was also somewhat important to me because with a good cut, it sparkles more.  So my diamond has great color and cut but not so great clarity…and I LOVE IT!

    Post # 7
    5836 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Step cut diamonds like Asschers and Emeralds usually need better clarity as you can see into the diamond more easily.

    Post # 9
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Either ring sounds beautiful!  I would personally go for the SI2 with the larger carat and better color. 

    BUT- are the cuts the same?  IMO cut is the most important.

    Post # 10
    749 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    When Fiance and I were picking out my ring, we were just looking for eye clean as far as clarity went. We got a great price on a colorless diamond because we were willing to sacrifice clarity more. The diamond we got is eye clean, and sparkles a ton!

    Post # 12
    5656 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Definitely clarity. A clear, perfectly cut stone will look whiter anyway than an included, poorly cut stone.

    Like @EleanorRigby: said, it depends with different cuts too. A round brilliant is the cut that returns the most light, so even a lower colored one can look very white, while an emerald cut needs a higher color grading to look very white.

    I got an enhanced moissanite, which is basically equivalent to an H color, VS clarity, ideal cut diamond. Even though moissanite can never be “colorless”, they face up very white because of their very good clarity and perfect cut and also the fact they reflect crazy amounts of light (moreso than a diamond). Here is a video of my moissanite for reference. Honestly, under some lighting conditions (the car is a big one) my stone does get a faint buttery look to it, but 90% of the time it looks nothing but gorgeous white.

    Clarity makes more of a difference than people give it credit for. Inclusions, even if they can’t be seen by the naked eye, can drastically alter how the stone returns light to you (it’s sparkle).

    So in conclusion, since it’s a Round Brilliant stone, I say go with the lower color graded, but higher clarity, personally.

    Post # 13
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    You can have the whitest diamond in the world but that won’t make one bit of difference if it is full of flaws. Whether or not it has clearly visible flaws (and is cut correctly, alot of gems are not) is the much more important of the two. Many gems with imperfections actually require a magnifying glass which no one will ever use on it.

    Post # 14
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    In all of my experience, Clarity is what affects the look of a diamond the most noticeably.  Color differences are very difficult to notice.

    Post # 15
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think you could get a lot of great information from pricescope.com

    A lot of it depends on the number of inclusions, where the inclusion(s) is/are located, and some will even say the type of inclusion.  In general, I think you are better off with the colorless, larger stone.  If you have an eye-clean stone, unless there are numerous inclusions, or they are located in conspicuous places, I don’t think you will notice any difference in sparkle.

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