(Closed) opinions please!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which C is most important to you
    Color : (6 votes)
    9 %
    Cut : (32 votes)
    48 %
    Clarity : (14 votes)
    21 %
    Carat : (13 votes)
    19 %
    Other-Please explain : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @purpledaisies:  I personally would stay away from I’s! I found most at chain stores are I’s… are there any independent jewelers you could look at? Or even online, jamesallen lets you look at the diamond online!

    Post # 4
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    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I can’t wait to see the pic! For 7k though you can def find a stone without a feather! 

    Post # 7
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    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    That’s reallygorgeous!!!! I have a radiant center too and I often regret not getting a halo so i have some ringenvy right now hahaha. I  agree though that the center is too yellow and idk about the rounds next to it. U could find a better price and better stone at somewhere less commercial. 

    Post # 8
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    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Sorry I’m on my iPhone and autocorrect keeps changing my words lol

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Look on jamesallen.com and bluenile.com to get an idea of how much the stone will cost. We got my diamond in the jewelry district but the diamonds on those websites were priced pretty similar. Much less than zales or anywhere like that. 

    Post # 12
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    826 posts
    Busy bee

    I would stay away from Zales and the other chain stores…the diamonds are often crappy and people seem to have trouble with the settings being shoddy as well. 

    As for the most important C…if I had bought my ring, I would have wanted I color or better, VS2 clarity or better, very good cut or better…and then the carat size would have just been the largest stone fitting those parameters in our budget.  I fell in love with my great-grandmother’s engagement ring though, so we ended up not shopping for a ring.  

    Post # 13
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    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I wouldn’t be willing to pay 7K for an I1 clarity stone. You should be able to find a stone that size with better clarity for that price, a larger stone with similar clarity for that price, or a stone that size with similar clarity for less money. 

    Personally, I would lean towards spending less for similar clarity (or slightly better in the SI1-SI2 range) or getting a larger stone. Carat, cut, and clarity (but only to the point of having an eye-clean stone with no easily detectable inclusions) are most important to me. Carat is what makes the biggest first impression/statement to me, so I value that over higher color and clarity. This isn’t a very popular opinion, but it’s what I prefer. Cut will determine the sparkle of your stone, so I wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice there.

    I found the best deals through private sellers, estate jewelry, and even through pieces that small jewelers have had for a long time and are looking to sell quickly. I was very unimpressed with the selection, quality, and prices of chain stores, so I wouldn’t recommend them. 

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    If these things bother you at all then dont buy it. If you could pick out those things then other ppl will too and once they do it will drive you crazy. I would go with Cut, color, clarity then ct weight

    Post # 15
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    1718 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    For me, the clarity would bother me in a stone as big as 1.75 carats.  Esp. if it is visible to the naked eye.  I agree with all the other ladies to avoid big chains such as as Zales.  Yes, they have some very pretty rings but the quality of the center stone and the price isn’t worth it. 

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Everyone’s eyes are sensitive to different things. Some people can pick up on color far more than others, some can pick up clarity more. You should try to find a store that has loose diamonds so you can compare them side by side without all the extra bling around it from the setting. Once you figure out which C’s are important to you you can try looking for those specs online or at chain stores, etc.

    For what it’s worth, that ring is beautiful! But I agree that for the specs 7k is way too much.

     

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