(Closed) Sacrificing colour/clarity/carat wt of diamond[s] if part of a vintage setting?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which would you sacrifice, if any, when getting a vintage/heirloom engagement ring/diamond?
    Colour. It's common to see vintage rings in H or I. : (77 votes)
    60 %
    Clarity. : (20 votes)
    16 %
    Carat weight. : (23 votes)
    18 %
    I'm not sacrificing anything. I don't want someone else's hand-me-down ring. : (8 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    8042 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Nothing wrong with warmer diamonds.. it’s all about preference.

    Smaller diamonds graded H-I will look near colorless. It’s when you start getting into larger sizes that they become noticeably warmer.

    Post # 4
    3402 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I have a J color 3ct, so clearly I don’t mind a little warmth (plus, it’s hardly even noticable unless put next to something very white, or in overcast weather).

    I would definitely have gone even higher in color if I loved a particular vintage setting.

    Post # 5
    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I went down on size because of the vintage setting I fell in love with. Keep in mind that you can always switch out the stone. We did, but the largest the setting could take is 1/3 ct. I originally wanted a oec, but we weren’t able to see any in person so just went with a round brilliant, we went with a j colour, internally flawless, ideal cut stone. We figured that since we were constrained on size, it would be the sparkliest 1/3 diamond!

    Here’s gratuitous pic because I love my ring!


    Post # 6
    2704 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2007

    @taterjuice: I think that warmth is part of the charm of vintage/antique diamonds, so I’d personally be OK with going down in color. I am in love with vintage rings, and I also really love smaller diamonds, I think they are very under appreciated but they really can be beautiful, and have a real presence on the hand. 

    This is my favorite ring, it is a 0.25 carat OEC, I do not know the exact specs of it, but it is a warm diamond. The setting really drew me to it, it’s simple but not too common these days. 



    A picture of the profile


    Post # 7
    3078 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

    If I loved the setting enough, I would sacrifice any.

    Post # 8
    815 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I am very “clarity sensitive” if you will…

    SO I would prefer to get a diamond that was as clean as possible, o at the very least nothing tocray as far as clarity goes.

    Carat and color Iwould totally be willin to sacrifice on for a stunning vintage ring.

    I often times PREFEr the look of a warmer stone in a vintage setting.

    Post # 9
    1770 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1997

    @taterjuice:  I love vintage, so I would sacrifice all of the above if it was a ring setting that I really loved/found interesting or if it had sentimental meaning. The only non negotiable for me personally is that the stone must be a genuine gemstone/diamond–no lookalikes or wannabees.


    Post # 10
    5662 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @franklyn: I have a vintage ring that looks just like that! How crazy!

    OP, have you looked at color variations in a store? Some people are very color sensitive and other’s are not. I was much more color sensitive than my husband. You may find that you are completely ok with an I in color once you see some in person!

    Post # 11
    1909 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Here is my H color diamond. Looks pretty sparkly white to me! 


    Post # 12
    9198 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @taterjuice:  I have 0.7 H OEC stone in my heirloom ring (was my great-grandmother’s). I really can’t see the warmth and I loooove the ring. I wouldn’t want a stone with poor clarity though.


    Post # 14
    345 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My ering is an OEC with L color. I knew what I wanted the setting to look like, I knew the carat size I wanted and I knew I was going to have to have a warm stone. I absolutely love the warmth in my stone. The only time I’ve even felt like it was less-than-perfect was when I put my friends’ d color stone on the same finger next to mine. I think my ering is perfect, warmth included 🙂

    Post # 16
    2163 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m one of the ones that voted I wouldn’t sacrifice anything. I had very particular specs in mind when I was ring shopping, and I wasn’t compromising. I was on the fence about H colors when Fiance and I were ring shopping, and he was totally against an H. I wouldn’t go anymore warm than a G and any less clear than a VS2..and I didn’t want to go under a carat in weight. So, for me, I wanted a “new” diamond with all my criteria met. Vintage rings don’t do it for me at all, unless it had spectacular specs and was from someone who meant a great deal to me. Even then, I’d probably keep it as a RHR or make it into a necklace. I wanted something no one else had before.


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