(Closed) Size vs. Quality…we’re talking rings here ya pervs :P

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If I would have picked a diamond, I would have picked quality over size. Usually, higher quality diamonds will look bigger anyway because of the sparkle. But I chose an orange sapphire instead that is surrounded by tiny diamonds, so I get the best of both; high quality and bigger, without the cost. And I also get something that no one else has.

Post # 4
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

In my case, none of the above.  We elected not to have engagement rings, and to have plain gold bands for our wedding rings.

Post # 5
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Fiance proposed with a nearly 2 carat SI2 radiant diamond (that cracked ice look). It was also cut horribly so it looked pretty small for almost 2 carats. Bless his heart, but I hated it. Traded it in for a 1.3 VVS1 cushion with an exceptional cut (makes it look huge) that I’m in love with. I don’t even mind the downgrade in size because the diamond is SO beautiful. A diamond will definitely look so much better with higher quality rather than a bigger size, IMO.

Just look at the difference:

1st nearly 2 carat lesser quality stone:


And the 1.3 high quality stone:

Post # 6
7776 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

QUALITY. I could have had a 2 ct ring for what Darling Husband paid for mine, instead I have a .8ct, very high quality ring. I love my ring, it has an insane amount of sparkle.

Post # 7
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I want the smaller, sparkly stone over the big cloudy diamond.

I know a lady who has a huge 3 stone diamond ring and she’s always going on about the size of it, but it’s cloudy as anything and has very visible black inclusions. No thanks!

Post # 8
136 posts
Blushing bee

Definitely quality over size.

I was talking with my love yesterday about it (because we aren’t engaged yet and I was telling him what I liked) and I told him I would much rather have a smaller prettier sparklier better diamond, then a big ugly included low quality diamond ring.

Post # 9
1726 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh boy… we’ve been through this topic many-a-times, haven’t we? lol.

Many people misunderstand “quality” when it comes to diamonds, as there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Each aspect (“C”) really just comes down to preferences.

I don’t prefer to spend a ton of money on a stone with super high clarity, when to the naked eye there is no difference between most SI2’s and IF’s (and even then, “internally flawless” is misleading — it only means no inclusions are visible at 10x mag. Get a 30x mag and you can see them. No such thing as a “perfect” diamond.).

With color, again, it’s preference. Lower-colored stones aren’t lower quality, they are just a different color and happen to be less expensive related to their rarity. (i.e., D colored stones are the most rare). Many people prefer lower colors that add a bit of depth/warmth to an antique stone, for example.

Cut quality is the only factor in light performance, so obviously this is really important. But you can have stones re-cut for a relatively small fee, so really I wouldn’t necessarily turn down a good deal on a poorly-cut stone, if it could be re-cut. Especially a nice big one, haha. πŸ˜›

All that said, I basically would prefer to stay within my range of preference for color, eye-clean for clarity, and make sure the stone had superior cut/light performance. The rest of the budget could then be spent on size/weight. I would not prefer to buy a diamond simulant.

Post # 10
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Better quality, poor quality diamonds look cheap and dingy. I know they are not cheap, but they just aren’t as pretty to look at.

Post # 12
1726 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Uh… alright then. Just answering your questions and offering my opinion…pretty much what we do around here, right? :/

Post # 13
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

quality over size! you’ll be thankful that you did!

Post # 14
14977 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It really depends.  Would I prefer a 0.7ct, D, IF, ex?  Or a 1ct, F, VS2, ex?  The 1 ct would be slightly lesser quality for larger size, and I’d pick size over quality in this case, the 1ct – I didnt feel the need to pay for *that* high a quality stone.  But then if you ask if I want that 1ct, F, VS2, ex or a 1.5ct, I, SI2, good, I’d pick quality over size since it was important to me for the color to be F+ and VS2+.  Like littlemissmango said, it depends on what was important to you.

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