(Closed) Quality or quantity?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Quality quality quality. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@DeadUtopia: Personally, I’m all for quality. I want my engagement ring to be an heirloom. Sure, if it’s only a slight difference it’s not totally noticable. For example, I have a friend with a HUGE diamond but it looks cloudy! It was about teh same price as mine and it’s about a carat bigger (the shape is also different). 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I took the bigger diamond. I have a lower quality diamond but it’s still so beautiful and anything smaller than 1 ct on my big hands would have looked smaller than it does on most gals (especially because I wanted a solitaire). The diamond itself looks amazing so I think it was 100% worth it.

It’s very clear just has a few flaws. It’s just barely under 1 ct. .97 =D

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

QUALITY! I have seen some huge nuggets that make me cringe. And they always say “oh it’s dirty, I just put on some lotion” ….nope nope, it’s always like that. Just cloudy. 

I will say though, that if you don’t love the design, keep looking. You should get what you like.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Quality. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Quality! People do notice when it doesn’t sparkle. Really though, I know myself, and if I could see a flaw, I would’ve fixated on it and seen it every time I looked at the ring.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

  Quality!!!  I have an heirloom ring that is so clear…  I often get cought up watching it sparkle…  I have a friend with the same size diamond as mine (if it was larger it wouldn’t mater though….) and her’s is much cloudier… After taking a good look at hers I am glad to have my nice, clear ring! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My Fiance chose quality (I have a GIA-certified excellent cut, E color, VVS2, Hearts and Arrows round diamond) and I get many many compliments on how sparkly/fiery my ring is. For the price, he could have gotten a MUCH bigger diamond but I would have done the same and choose a higher quality diamond over something much larger.  I tend to think, unless you have a lot of money, it is hard to get a great quality diamond as you get higher up in carat weight… Most people tend to sacrifice at least a couple of the C’s (a perfect 1 carat is around $40K, I believe?!)

There are a few tricks you may find helpful!  Diamond prices tend to jump a lot from .99 to 1 carat.  If you’re considering 1 carat, you can save a lot of money on buying a diamond just short of one carat yet you probably cannot tell the difference in size.  Diamonds ‘face up’ differently too depending on how they are cut, even two diamonds of the same carat weight.. So you actually can get a diamond that looks bigger than its carat weight (conversely, avoid diamonds that are cut too deep for then they look smaller and why pay for something that looks smaller than it should!)

If you’re focusing on quality, most say Cut is the most important out of the 4 C’s so I would put my money there.  You can save a great deal by going down in Color and Clarity and yet not sacrifice the beauty of the diamond. As long as you stay above a J color, you should be ok (and actually if you have a yellow band, the lower color grade won’t be as noticeable!).  I can tell the difference between my E color and a G color, but to some people the difference between color grade is hardly noticeable.  As for clarity, I would look in the SI clarity as long as you get one that is ‘eye clean’… You can save a ton and it will not affect the quality of the diamond much esp if it is an excellent/ideal cut.  That’s probably more than you expected but I always think women should know more about their rings (my Fiance chose my ring on his own but I made sure to educate myself too)!  Hope that helps if you’re still considering a different diamond ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would pick quality over quantity. But everyone is different! I know alot of bees didn’t & went bigger & to be honest their rings look gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

My engagement ring is .20-.22 & my wedding band is .25 on a size 7 finger.

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Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Quality! I get so many compliments on my diamond being fiery and clear and white….not the size….and it is just over 1ct! It’s always flashing and that’s what I love. 

 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@DeadUtopia: A second band will be fabulous! I love your set, it is gorgeous!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DeadUtopia: you have a gorgeous set and it is very timeless! And round diamonds are the most expensive out of all the cuts, btw.  I wouldn’t consider changing your ring/diamond!  You see it a lot for a reason!  But I understand the quality vs quantity dilemma.  It’s not so bad where I live, but a lot of my relatives live in Orange County/Los Angeles where I think larger diamonds are more common if not expected.  My cousin’s diamond is almost twice a large as mine (a bit over 2 cts!) and sometimes I wonder if we should have gone the larger route, lol.  But then I tell myself it wouldn’t fit my personality… and honestly, I wouldn’t trade my ring for anything.

I love the second band idea. Wear your rings proudly!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Edit:  Maybe you can consider Mossanite if price is a concern?  I’ve never heard of it before but on Weddingbee and seems like everyone who has it loves it!  Just a thought!

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I feel odd posting that I choose size over quality when people are saying quality over size for the same ct as mine LOL. 

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