Post # 47
@blondilocks:LOL. That reminded me of our situation. He gave me the paper and insurance after he proposed. He said he looked for the diamond in the Houston area for 3 months (without my knowledge). In fact, he visited my ring 3x and on the last visit he asked the salesperson to bring the diamond outside to how it looks like in natural lighting. That is when he bought it 🙂
Post # 48
To me, quality over size for sure. I like my diamond because it is on fire!! 🙂
But I also believe that it’s different for everyone. Some may prefer bigger/lesser quality which is totally ok (SO and I had to debate this question before we made a decision on a ring).
IMO, a diamond is a diamond. It’s natural, and every diamond is perfect (even if it has “flaws”).
Post # 49
@Margaritachka: Totally agree! My 2nd current ring (posted on 1st page of this thread) is actually a J, too! You would never know it!
Post # 51
We went for quality over quanitity.
Post # 52
pfft… size all the way. Had a funny convo with my SO on our second date I believe, about size vs quality, and I said something to the effect of “I want the biggest diamond possible, I could care less about the quality. In fact, I don’t care if the jeweler pulls out his loupe and sees a BEETLE trapped in the stone!” (like amber?) So now we refer to my (future) ring as “the beetle”.
Post # 53
@MissNoodles: This makes me laugh :] I wanted something big too, before sparkly. But maybe moissanite is a great option for you because it is super clean and sparkles amazingly! Plus the budget can afford something big. I have a 3ct. moissy stone and Boyfriend or Best Friend & I are freshman in college, obviously moissanite has a way of making dreams come true :]
Post # 54
Quality over size to a certain extent.
Post # 55
@kelmac: ditto ditto and ditto! I preferred a larger stone – I chose a pear shape and what was most important to me was the dimensions of the pear (meaning I didn’t want a fat pear, I wanted one a bit slimmer – this limited what there was out there to choose from), ct weight, cut and clarity. I didn’t mind sacrificing on the colour.
I ended up with excellent cut, VVSI, exact dimensions I wanted and exact carat weight I wanted. The colour is I. And it looks a little warm in some light especially against the halo, but I still love my ring!
My sister felt it was more important to get a good quality on all 4 c’s and sacrifice on the size, so she went smaller.
I think it’s just your preference.
Post # 56
We went from quality. At the time we were shopping there was a G Si1 1.5 carats or an F VS1 1.25 carats for the same price and we went for the smaller with higher clarity and color! It’s perfect and beautiful!
Post # 57
@MissNoodles: We’re going with a cushion yellow sapphire in a diamond halo actually… it’s the same ring as Miss Octopus, just different centre stone 🙂
Post # 58
we definitely went for quality over size. I have small fingers (3.75 ring size), so my diamond doesn’t look small on my finger…but it’s a .75 carat.
we figured out pretty early on that color and cut mattered a lot more to us than clarity as long as it was eye clean. My stone is an AGS000 ideal (it’s got hearts and arrows, sparkles like a fire ball in almost any light!), and it’s a F in color. but we got an SI1 to save a little bit of money– even though I originally said nothing lower than VS2 for “mindcleans sake”. Definitely eye clean after 4 months. Hopefully I won’t find an inclusion one day 🙂
Post # 59
I asked for quality over size. My Future Mother-In-Law helped pick the diamond because not only does she look under microscopes for a living, she had recently been selecting an anniversary diamond for herself and so was in “diamond mode.” My diamond is a little over 1 ct, brilliant cut, D color, VS2 (FMIL checked to make sure that flaws were invisible even under the microscope). It looks amazing in the sunlight–you can see all sorts of blues, pinks, and golds in the depth. In certain lights (especially the bathroom!) it sparkles like crazy. I absolutely love it, although sometimes I look at people’s larger rings and feel like mine is small. Other times, I think it’s embarrassingly large. So I guess it’s just right!
Post # 60
Quality over size for me……….
I picked out 2 carat diamond stud earrings and took them back because I was not impressed in the qualtiy of them. AT the time I was more about the size and that was the wrong way to go.
For my e-ring I didn’t care about size, I wanted quality. 🙂
Post # 61
The bigger more quality stone. Fiance and I looked at bigger rings. We ended up with a beautiful 7/8 of a carat engagement ring tw. But it is super sparkly.. It also the main portion of the ring isnt one stone,… Its 4 It has so much fire I love it.