(Closed) Out of curiosity… Any bees upgrade color/clarity but not ct?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Is it worth it?
    Yes! I can tell the difference : (16 votes)
    73 %
    Yes! I can't tell the difference but on paper I like it better : (1 votes)
    5 %
    No, Can't tell the difference : (5 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I am less concerned with colour and more concerned with cut. I can tell the difference between a G and an I, but only when they are side by side! The clarity of your stone is great!

    If you do want to save yourself some money, don’t go over the 1 carat size. Look for a stone just under (i.e. 0.99ct). Once you bypass the 1 carat size, it’ll cost you and you won’t be able to see the difference.

    And yes, lots of Bees upgrade their stones for a variety of reasons -(clarity/colour/cut) – I’m just not one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

     

    Post # 4
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    304 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I upgraded clarity from I1 to SI2. My I1 had very visible inclusions on the top surface, which drove me crazy. For $300 more I got a stone with a slightly higher carat weight that only has a tiny inclusion you can’t see unless you’re really close and looking for it.

    Post # 6
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    276 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I just upgraded mine. It’s the same size a .72 but i upgraded from a G SI2 to a GIA tripple ex hearts and arrows E VS2 and it’S AMAZING I just picked it up and haven’t gotten a good picture of it yet.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m considering this! I love my setting, but not the cut of the stone (I have a princess, I’d rather have a radiant or cushion). My center stone is an I1. It honestly doesn’t bother me, and I’d have to compare anything better side-by-side, but a much higher quality stone from Blue Nile is less than $500.

    Post # 8
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    2903 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I went from a 1.16 G, I2, good cut, princess cut  to a 1.02, G, VS2, celebration cut princess. So, I went down in size for a better cut and clarity and YES I can see a very sparkly difference ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 9
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    1251 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    That’s what we plan on doing. I’m currently selling my 1 carat amora moissanite ring, and will be saving to buy a .5 D color, VS2/VS1 diamond. I value color and clarity over carat size, every time, because I’m extremely color sensitive.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @minipenguin:  Yea – I think wanting a larger diamond due to “shrinkage” is pretty common here. 

    I should add here that this is my 2nd marriage – during my first marriage I did return and upgrade because of clarity issues – it wasn’t really an engagement ring – I had been married 25 years – but it was a diamond.

    The jeweller, with a certificate obviously fudged by a friendly gemologist, sold me a stone with an inclusion under the table. I took it to another jeweller who said it definitely wasn’t in the SI category (more like i1), so I returned and paid more (ugh) for another stone. Lesson learned.

    Don’t worry about shrinkage, it comes and goes. I’m like you, sentimental – I just wouldn’t dream of upgrading this stone. It rocks Cool

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Long story short, original ring was returned because after knowing NOTHING about diamonds, we learned A LOT about diamonds and realized that while I loved my ring, we paid waaaaaaaaay too much for what it was.  

    Original ring was non certified diamond, .53 carats, H I1 in a bezel setting with slightly open bottom. No cut info…..but my guess it was or fair.

    for $300 LESS, I have a .50 J VVSI GIA XXx diamond In bezel setting with open bottom.  It might be small, but I am so in love with my sparkler.  

    So I guess we upgraded cut and clarity. And while we went down in color, that was a well worth it sacrifice.

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