Poll: Better color or better clarity? Vote on the best diamond!

posted 1 year ago in Rings
  • poll: Which diamond would you choose?
    1.15, VS2, G color, Excellent Cut Polish and Symmetry, more $ (but within budget) : (10 votes)
    29 %
    1.2, VVS2, H color, Excellent Cut, Polish and Symmetry, less $ : (25 votes)
    71 %
  • Post # 2
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    562 posts
    Busy bee

    Hello again.

    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
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    562 posts
    Busy bee

    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. 

     

    Edit:

    The VS2 is $1000 more than the VVS2??!
    I would get the VVS stone. 

    Post # 4
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    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2019

    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
    Member
    855 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    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
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    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    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!

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