Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
I wrote a previous post about having to change our ring budget and start from scratch. I’m stuck between two diamonds right now and curious for opinions. My boyfriend has unrealistic expectations for the size of the diamond he wants for our budget, so before you say why not go with a smaller better quality diamond – trust me I’ve tried. He is very set in his way on this and I’ve decided this is one of those things that it’s not worth fighting about. He wants to buy me a beautiful gift and that’s what I’m focusing on.
The two diamonds in question are both 1 carat EGLs. Since it’s EGL International, I’m not even going to reference the certificate specs because they are both significantly off on color and clarity. The first diamond has a meh cut – it’s very deep so it faces up like .85 or .9 carat diamond. It’s actually very beautiful and sparkly and almost completely eye clean except for a little spec. The color however is reeeeeally yellow. Not just warm – in direct sunlight it looks significantly yellow/champagne, especially from the side and the setting we decided on shows off the side of the diamond. This bugs the crap out of me as I am already color sensitive.
The other diamond is ideally cut, faces up the right size for a one carat, and is pretty white. This thing sparkles like crazy! The other one is very sparkly, but doesn’t hold a candle to how bright and sparkly this one is. But it has inclusions. There are three fairly prominent inclusions. One is on the side and can be mostly covered by a prong so I’m ok with it. The other two are near the table. One is an area of feathering that isn’t dark but visible, and the other looks like a dark line (it’s not visible all the time, only when you tilt the diamond a certain way).
Our budget for the diamond is small, and these are the best contenders for a 1ct that we have found. I’m leaning towards the second diamond with the inclusions, because I don’t know if I can get past the color. What would you choose if these were your options? For diamond owners with diamonds with inclusions, were you able to learn to ignore or not care about them? Btw I’ve seen both stones in person.
Post # 3
@kimmo416: Hi Kimmo, do you have pics? If not, no worries. Just with the description you relayed, I would not take the ‘meh cut, yellowy’ one. BUT, the other with inclusions near the table might bother you. Are these two ones you have settled on and weeded out from many?
Post # 4
Personally, I would go for better color and slightly lower clarity. You said yourself – the stone with a few small inclusions, with better color, sparkles like mad. As long as knowing where those little imperfections are won’t drive you crazy, I say go for the livelier stone.
Best of luck! Post a photo when you choose!
Post # 5
I would vote for the one that is better looking to the naked eye. This is how everyone else is going to see it. It sounds like the second one is making you feel more cheerful. If it “sparkles” more, more people will notice that. Can you see any of its inclusions with the naked eye? Mine actually has a large ugly one on one side but it was easily covered by a prong and you can’t see it. That one inclusion gave us an incredible discount on the diamond and no one will ever know.
Post # 6
I definitely would — and did — prioritize color over clarity.
Post # 7
Mine sparkles like crazy with 2 visible inclusions. If you know where they are. My mother and fiance can’t see them without a loupe but I have amazing near sighted vision. Mine are almost always hidden behind a prong and the table but you will always be able to find them. You get over it. Pretty much anytime the sun hits your diamond you won’t care about the inclusions.
Pick the sparkles. Everyone comments how clear and sparkly my diamond is. And if someone ever gets close enough to see the inclusions they need to back up! I mean really no one will see them but you. Also makes it easy to know no one switched out my diamond when cleaning. I KNOW my diamond. 🙂
Post # 8
This is easy for me. I would go with the lower colour, since being able to see an inclusion would drive me crazy.
Post # 9
@kimmo416: I would pick clarity over color.
Post # 10
@kimmo416: Personally, I’d go with one that looks better to my own eye. If you’re more color sensitive, get the whiter stone. My stone is graded by EGLUSA and I know it isn’t the color it would be if it was graded by GIA. However, my stone for 95% of the time looks very white and is H&A cut, which helps with my sparkle factor and color. At least to me. I think you should get the stone that you will feel most happy with. 🙂
Post # 11
Hmm…. based on these options I would probably ditch both options and look for a smaller diamond that encompassed both of what I wanted. Is that even an option? Read your last post and saw that you said a 0.75 looks decent on your hand. What about a stone in between 0.75-1.00 with a whiter color and is eye clean? I’d sacrifice SIZE for color AND clarity combined.
Side note – an ideal cut should hide any flaws, so if I had to choose between both? I’d sacrifice clarity.
Post # 12
@MargaritaVille: Looks like she said her fi wouldn’t budge on a smaller stone.
“so before you say why not go with a smaller better quality diamond – trust me I’ve tried. He is very set in his way on this and I’ve decided this is one of those things that it’s not worth fighting about. He wants to buy me a beautiful gift and that’s what I’m focusing on.”
I was actually going to suggest that too. LOL
Post # 13
I’d go for the second because you seem to think it looks better overall.
Post # 14
@heathuhhhhwebbbb: dang! how did i miss that?! Thanks!
So… FI isn’t willing to budge on a smaller diamond, but he’s the one who pulled the plug on the budget? God bless you OP, I’d have probably smacked him in the face with the largest couch cushion we had.
Post # 15
just by reading your own description i believe you like the second option best. Realistically, no one is gonna put a loupe to your diamond, and check it for inclusions. Even if some of them are evident without the loupe, no one really stares at your ring long and hard looking for them. most people (if not all) just grab your hand, see the ring and immediately congratulate you on its beauty. in the end, even you, are just going to love the sparkle and the overall look of it. i believe the second choice is going to be the people pleaser.
on the other hand, if you value unique look, and one of a kind stones the first option sounds interesting. i love the fact that diamonds are very unique and that and all the c´s make up one final one-of-a-kind stone. I absolutely adore champagne/natural colored diamonds and the fact that it has a beautiful clarity sounds to me like it will hold on through time….the only thing that makes me doubt it is the fact that you say it doesn´t sparkle that much?? i love sparkle….=( still i think i´d go for that one—-i really really enjoy engagement ring individuality.
Post # 16
Could you tell us what your budget is and we could help you look for a better alternative?