Post # 1
So we decided to completely rule out the two diamond options we were looking at a few days ago, and are considering two new options. Your comments were so helpful last time that I’m hoping you’ll weigh in once again!
These two stones are pretty equal in terms of diameter measurements and being excellent cut grades. The difference is that the 1.15 has better color but lower clarity (as you will see from the video if you follow the link) and the 1.2 has better clarity and lower color. The 1.15 is also about $1,000 more CAD (I know, ouch).
So my questions are, what would you prioritize, better clarity or better color? Is the jump from H to G worth it visually? Here are where you can find videos of both options (scroll down past the reserve message):
1) 1.15, VS2 clarity, G color, Excellent Cut, Polish and Symmetry, HCA score of 1.6: https://www.bluenile.com/ca/diamond-details/LD08168986
2) 1.2, VVS2 clarity, H color, Excellent Cut, Polish and Symmetry, HCA score of 1.5: https://www.bluenile.com/ca/diamond-details/LD08273026
I LOVE how crisp and clean the 1.2 VVS2 looks but I am slightly worried that the H color will be yellow-ish. On the other hand, I LOVE how colorless the 1.15 VS2 looks but … I do notice a pretty significant clarity flaw in the video near the centre of the stone and worry about if that will affect the structure of the stone. Also, saving some $ would be great if the H to G jump won’t really make much difference …
Thanks in advance for your thoughts 🙂
Post # 2
FWIW, it’s the cut that’s the most important aspect of choosing a diamond. You could have an IF diamond and it would look like garbage with a poor cut compared to a VS1 with excellent cut.
An excellent cut also tends to make the diamond look whiter/less color.
Post # 3
As for size/carat: It depends on what you are looking for. There isn’t a HUGE size difference between 1.15 and 1.2. I doubt you will be able to actually notice a big difference.
As for color: I don’t think you have to worry about the color difference here either, it’s marginal. I have an I diamond with excellent cut and polish and I can barely notice any color. The one and only time I did was in the 20x blowup which was part of the buying process. Also, it depends on the setting. You can get away with a warmer diamond in a yellow gold setting. I think the colour difference here is negligible.
The main reason for the difference in price here is the clarity. There is a significant price difference between VVS2 and VS2. The carat and color of these two diamonds are very close.
The VS2 is $1000 more than the VVS2??!
I would get the VVS stone.
Post # 4
blonderoast : i vote 1.15! I have a G, and maybe my Fiance and I have sensitive eyes, but we can tell the color difference. We were between a H and G as well. You won’t be able to tell clarity difference. We got a VS1 because Fiance was adamant about not going below that. I’m sure VS2 won’t be too different.
Post # 5
I’m not a diamond expert, but I’m not sure how much of a difference you’ll see between a G and an H diamond if they’re both GIA, as well as a VVS2 and VS2. Both of those clarity grades are eye clean so I highly doubt you’d notice once you have the diamond. I have an SI1 and can’t even notice any of the inclusions. So I’d go for the less expensive ring!
Post # 6
I think VS2 and VVS2 are equally “eye clean,” so I’d take that factor out of the equation. From what I’ve heard from jewelers, different people have different “color sensitivities” (i.e., different levels of ability to notice yellow tints in diamonds). For me, going from a G to an H is pretty noticeable, so I opted for a G for my ering. However, if you’re not color sensitive, the H should be fine!