(Closed) Lower clarity/color okay for round .25 carat stones?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
4233 posts
Honey bee

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My $0.02?

An excellent cut on a lower color or clarity diamond is still going to sparkle. The smaller the gemstone the less you can possibly see the inclusions with the naked eye. Case in point: I’ve got I1 diamonds in one ring that still sparkles like a dream because the cut is excellent. The fact that the diamonds are inset help to protect them, because structural integrity and cleavage comes into play when you’d discussing clarity/inclusions.

Would I get a 0.25ct Si2 diamond piece? Sure, if the price was right, the cut is great, setting was sound, and it really pleased me. Make sure they have a good return policy if you can’t get certs or see it IRL.




eta: here’s some helpful info:




Post # 3
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Take a look at the tables on this site. It was useful for me when I was researching ovals before I got engaged. H-I SI1-SI2 both fall into the “very good” categories for round diamonds under .5 ct. Keep in mind that these parameters are for GIA graded stones, though.

I’d go for it if the price is right!


Post # 4
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Cut is EVERYTHING for a diamond that size. Ideal triple x.  After that, I  or even J is just finr.  And SI 2 proably fine as long as it’s not a fat carbon chunk.  SI 1 should definitely be ok.

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