(Closed) Quality vs Quantity??? Regrets?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which did you choose?

    Quality over Quantity

    Quantity over Quality

    Happy medium

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    All my Fiance new was that I wanted something different/not common. Something with structure and bling and it had to be white gold with no colored stones and it had to have a thicker band… He did well.

    Post # 18
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    Bee Keeper

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    @canarydiamond:  I am seriously anxious to see your ring whenever that is because I love the soleste! Haha, not to be creepy!

    OP I think both are important. I wouldn’t go below H/I in color (preferably G or higher) or SI clarity, but I wouldn’t pay for VVS clarity either because I think it’s unnecesary (though I know some like it). I would never get less than ideal/excellent cut though. 

    Post # 20
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted medium.  I ended up choosing SI1 clarity — which was lower than I expected to choose, but the jeweler explained that this is eye-clean and is still considered to be of good clarity — but a D-color because I am very color-sensitive, even though I could have chosen a G-colored stone that was .17 larger.

    Where I didn’t compromise was on my platinum setting, which has .75 of tapered baguettes in it.

    Post # 21
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I say happy medium also!

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee

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    @LittleMsPumpernickel:  my mom has a flawless 1 carat e-ring but he wanted to do it himself. It was nice to know I had that option though (even though im hoping for a color stone). And I agree as long as it looks good, unless you plan to sell it it doesn’t HAVE to be perfect.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee

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    @LittleMsPumpernickel:  We all have different taste so I’d hope nobody would take your personal distaste for solitaires as a blanket statement about their rings! I certainly don’t!

    Post # 25
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @LittleMsPumpernickel:  Yeah, he researched some and basically told him I wanted no no lower than G or VS2  cause I was afraid I would be picky about the quality.  I never shopped or compared them side by side until I went shopping with a friend over a year later so I didn’t know that I wouldn’t be able to tell a difference.  He was color sensitive and didnt want to see any inclusions too though.  I still ended up with 1.3 ct so I can’t complain too much.  🙂 

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Happy medium.  Neither Fiance or myself wanted anything less than a carat or lower than a H.  I wanted an ideal cut for sure.  So I sacrificed on getting the 1.5 or 2 carat for a better quality, but also gave up a lot on color (with a G) to get the 1.35 I have.

    Post # 27
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would usually err on the side of quality over quantity, although I do think there is a point of diminishing return and at some point, the quality-quantity tradeoff is so skewed that even though the diamond is amazing on paper, it is super super small relative to the size of the finger it is going on. We have a friend whose diamond is colorless and flawless but so not proportional to her larger hands, so she doesn’t wear it very often. With her DH’s smaller budget, it would’ve been better to go up in quantity and sacrifice some of the quality for proportionality sake.

    Post # 29
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    Bee Keeper

    I focused on quality quality quality quality, lol, but we were also able choose the stone size that looked best on my finger and come in well, well under FI’s proposed budget.

    This dream outcome was assisted by the following factors:

    – Fiance starting out with a ridiculously huge budget and carat size in mind, that I’m sure one of his “Keeping up with the Joneses” work friends had placed in his head

    – My complete non-interest in a Kim K type approach to engagement jewelry… I like things that are delicate, feminine, elegant, just-the-right-proportions, artsy, unique, romantic and a little traditional (yes, FI totally pulled ALL THAT off, in ONE ring. He works miracles!). I specifically HATED the idea of my engagement ring screaming “Lookit my HUUUUUGE Bling!!” or “OMG, Brand Name!!!” It is supposed to sing “Ennngaaaaaaged”, lol!

    – Fiance taking 6 months to get all the details “just so,” including designing the impossible dream setting described above himself, and working with the jeweler at each step of the process.

    – Comparison shopping, and haggling, haggling, haggling! We know what kind of markup you’re hoping to get, buddy, but get it down to something that doesn’t horrify us, or we go to the next guy and see what he can do.

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee

    I had always told my husband wayyyy before we were engaged that I didn’t care what size or shape the diamond was, it just has to be amazing quality. I’m a bit of a diamond snob. He ended up proposing with the most gorgeous .50 VVS2 D ideal cut princess cut solitaire and I could not be happier with the size or the quality of the diamond.

    Post # 31
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

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    @BlondeMissMolly:  Lol I am anxious to see it too. It’s so lovely. Might be a few months yet, though.

    We’ll see if I change my mind before then 😛

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