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

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@KatyElle: I agree, I think that’s what most people mean.

Post # 33
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@kelmac: Yeah, no one is bashing big diamonds, it just makes no sense to put your whole budget into a big diamond just to say you have a big diamond. The whole point of diamonds is their incredible light play which can’t be seen in a cloudy, included stone.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hmm, the age old question lives on. Lol :]

Well, I personally wanted something that was very large, like 3cts. & I also wanted something that was super bright and sparkly.

Sooo, being that SO & I don’t have a lot to our name, we went with a 3ct moissanite & it is exquisite! LOVE MOISSY!

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@agirlwithdreams7: That’s the great thing about moissanite, it makes having your dreams come true a lot more possible :]

My SO & I are very young and yet we still could afford (without debt of course) a 3 ct moissanite. I would definitely recommend it! I also don’t have photo’s yet, but when I get engaged I will.. that would be years though :/ still so young & lots of school ahead.

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@agirlwithdreams7: Thanks so much :] part of me hopes he will take me by storm & put that baby on my finger soon! You neverrrr know! I’ll try to sneak a pic ;]

Post # 39
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Wannabee

Quality over size of the diamond, anytime!!Cool

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We had our diamond passed down from my family & I’m very happy with it. However, if Fiance had bought it himself, he would have had a super small budget = much smaller & lower quality diamond than the one I was lucky enough to receive. In that case, I would’ve hands  down prefered he go with moissanite so I could have the big and sparkly rock for a fraction of the cost Wink

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

So I want to update this with a story about a ring my Fi is buying back.  (As i’ve said before, he’s a jeweler, so i hear lots of stories all the time) – this woman is trying to sell her engagment ring.  the ring is HUGE.  a good 3c.  My Fi looks at it under his super duper “i’m a jeweler” magnifying lens – its super clean, very white, quiet sparkly. 

Then he get’s the cert’s (GIA) for it back – its a J!!!!!!!!!!! Way down on the color scale. But, its a VVSI – so super duper clean, was very sparkly and “white” because the clarity was so high.

My own ring is  1.7 G SI1 – white, sparkly, and under a scope – no black markings.  It’s also a little shallow and spready, so it looks bigger than it is. 

Moral of the story – look at the rings – just because the specs say one thing, doesn’t mean it’ll look like that.  I feel like the goal should be to to find a balance between size, color and clarity – all in a way that keeps the wallet happy πŸ™‚

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Clarity!  My Fiance gave me all of the certs and papers which are tucked inside the SDB.  Mine is a 1.3 carat, deep cut princess, Clarity: IF, Color: E.  He showed me all of this, I had a blank look.  It look like it hurt him deeply especially after his BFF told me how much the diamond alone was.  So I decided to study up and find out exactly what this meant and felt like a fool and incredibly horrible.  He obviously went for clarity which is worth more anyway( didnt know that either) over size not to mention it took him over a year to pick it out.  He went with a diamond broker which I am sure was totally fed up after this year and prob changed professions after dealing with my Fiance. LOL!! 

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t care about quality or size. Actually, I never wanted a diamond. I won’t go into the “conflict” aspect, but I’m also not a big jewelry person, I own a watch, some studs and my e-ring and that’s it.

I really wanted a gem stone for my e-ring (FI and I had talked extensively about engagement rings and marrige). My favorite color is purple (Amythest) and we share the same birth stone (Aquamarine) and would have loved either of those stones but he was worried people wouldn’t think my ring was an engagement ring.

So he let me pick out my engagement ring. I went into several stores just looking around, and to be sized and didn’t think I’d find something the first day. Let me just say here that I am majorly frugal. I wasn’t raised with a lot of money, you could call us poor. Although Fiance and I are no where near poor, my habits of frugality I picked up from my mother are deep seated and hard to ignore.

My diamond is .34ct and has a flaw. It was $200, after the band, total was just under $500. But I love my ring! Everytime I look at my ring, even a YEAR later, I get the warm and fuzzies and a huge stupid grin on my face. Our proposal runs through my mind again and I am reminded of how lucky I am to have him in my life.

Post # 45
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

…welll…. I have a 1 ct diamond ring which we got for a pretty good price because it has an inclusion you can see on the top, however it’s so sparkly you can only see the inclusion if your looking at the ring in a fairly dark area… strange huh? I could have gotten a perfect ring without any inclusions but it would have been 1/2 ct if we were lucky… so I guess I’ll take my ring with a little character and a bigger size than a smaller one that looks like any other solitaire in the world.

The only time people see it besides myself is when I’m outside… and you can’t see the imperfection with the daylight anyway XD I love my ring, I think my Fiance made a great choice… he knows me so well.

Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@agirlwithdreams7: Quality specifically the cut of the diamond.  Mine is just a little over 1 carat but because of the cut, many people think that it was 1.5.  I also get comments such as “Why is yours so sparkly?”  Again, it is the cut of the diamond . . . I read somewhere that the the first thing in Cs that is looked by the experts is the cut πŸ™‚  So quality before size.

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