(Closed) Size vs Color for your upgrade

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1174 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you are color sensitve then I don’t advise you to sacrifice that.  Clarity is a different story depending on the cut of your stone.  If you have an emerald cut or asscher I wouldn’t go down too far in clarity as you will see imperfections a lot easier.  I’m not color sensitive and actually find different colors in diamonds appealing….so, sacrificing color for a larger stone is not an issue for me, but that doesn’t apply to everyone.

Not sure if I helped you out at all…

Post # 3
7867 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

This is so different for every person. There are some people who have colour preferences and want an icy white stone; there are others looking for a warmer stone; there are still others who WANT a yellow or brown or other coloured stone. The “right” decision is all about what is pleasing to your eye. A lot also depends on the setting for me. I prefer a cold white stone in a white metal setting, while I don’t mind a warmer stone in a YG or RG setting (other people may prefer exactly the opposite). 

After looking at lots and lots of diamonds, most people have a sweet spot in terms of colour and clarity preferences. Some people don’t mind a mostly clean SI1, whereas others insist on a VS grade or higher. I won’t pay for something when I cannot see the difference, but objectively speaking there is no question that high clarity stones are valued more highly, just as colourless stones are valued more than nearly colourless stones. 

Basically, all I’m saying is that the “right” decision is different for everyone. And when you find a stone that you find visually pleasing, it isn’t a sacrifice at all. The numbers and GIA ratings matter in terms of what you should pay for any given stone, but there isn’t any right answer when it comes to what your eye prefers.

Post # 4
28 posts

I personally LOVE warmer stones and wanted one In the J-k range. It looks great on my warm skin tone. I had no idea that color was more highly valued than clarity, so that was a bonus.

Clarity is something I WILL NOT sacrifice though, if I ever upgrade. I have a rather obvious feather in my stone that drives me up a darn wall. If and when I upgrade, it needs to be completely eye clean or have anything obnoxious hidden by the setting. 

it really just depends on your personal preferences. Some women would rather have a 3ct diamond even if all the other aspecta are crummy. Some women want a PERFECT stone in all aspects, even if it’s teeny. I would say that you should check out, In person, a color range of diamonds to see if you’re color sensitive. That will make your answer pretty clear!

Post # 5
1455 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have a number of different stones and they are all beautiful for different reasons. The emerald cut for it’s clarity. Nothing but clear, clean lines. The colour is good (G I believe) and the cut is excellent. It’s exactly right in the size department, so I wouldn’t change a thing.

I have a necklace that is a D colour and I don’t see a huge difference in colour against my other stones. Had this been my stone for my ering, rather than a pendant,  I would have gone with a lower colour to attain a larger carat size (It is a 0.75 ct.).

I have a rhr round diamond that is a G. I’ve had it for years but if given a chance I would likely sacrifice colour to get a larger stone. (It’s 1.0 ct.)

I also have a rhr round diamond that is a G and 1.0 ct’s. It’s set in a tension cut setting and I wouldn’t sacrifice colour to get it any larger. Because the entire stone can be seen, it appears much larger than it’s actual carat size.

And finally I have a OEC diamond. The size is approx. 1.11. It is a least a J. Since I inherited the ring, I didn’t get an appraisal done yet so the stats I don’t know beyon my somewhat limited knowlege on diamonds.

Nearly forgot. I have .033 each earings that are F in colour. I think it’s a waste that the colour is so high. Given half a chance, I would trade them in for .050 in hearbeat. lol

Here are two of my rings – (emerald cut and round, both 1 ct.);


Post # 6
1455 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I should really try to get better pics! I don’t have a good one of my OEC, which might be something I will do when I get some time.

I think the whole point of my long-winded post was to say that I would definitely go lower in colour to get the size I wanted, if I were in that predicament. 

Post # 7
1877 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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NanaChan:  Personally, I wouldn’t lower the clarity.  Color, meh…depends on the stone.  What is your current stones specs?

Post # 8
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I can’t tell color difference unless the stone is K or lower. I could maybe tell a D from a J if they were right next to each other but other than that every diamond looks white to me. I wouldnt pay for color more than like H for that reason. However, cut and clarity are important to me. 

Post # 10
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

when the age old size debate comes up it depends on the size. Ask yourself what is too small or too large for you. Quality over quantity? If the quality is really sub par you are better off with a sparkly pebble over a dead boulder IMO. I debated over a .90 and my .74. Sometimes I wish I’d gone for the bigger stone but clarity my deciding factor. In the end, I love my slightly smaller stone because it’s the one on my finger.

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