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

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 62
387 posts
Helper bee

There are some things I’m willing to sacrifice because I want the biggest diamond we can get in our budget.  Now, when I say I’m willing to sacrifice, here’s what I mean.

Shape: I want an oval diamond, therefore the dimensions have to be as close to 1.5:1 as possible.  I won’t budge on that because I do not want the dreaded “bow tie” effect.

Cut: I want the cut to be the best cut possible so my ring will sparkle like crazy.  This is not negotiable.

Clarity: As long as it is eye clean and has no visible inclusions, then I’m fine with going to even SI1, IF the diamond is still crazy sparkly, there is no bow tie effect and there is nothing the naked eye can see.  I can’t justify my SO spending thousands extra so I can say it’s IF.  If he wants to tell me it’s flawless, then that’s fine, but as long as it’s eye clean, I’m a happy camper.

Color: J.  It’s the lowest I will go on the color spectrum.  However, if my diamond is J in color, it has to have a “medium blue fluoresence”, as well.  This will make my diamond look at least two shades whiter, and it will save on cost.

Carat:  with all the above mentioned things, I’m hoping I can save my SO money (I don’t want him breaking the bank here) and get a really nice, sparkly, big diamond.


Like I’ve said, as long as it looks white, clean and sparkles like crazy, who really cares about the specs?  I’m not going to have my certificate out and about to show everyone!  lol

Post # 63
1211 posts
Bumble bee

Not gonna lie I’m all about big and sparkly. Bring on the enhanced moissy! So long as there are no VISIBLE flaws and it looks nice and white I want it as big as possible! I’m a big personality and have really big hands so I want it all proportionate. *snicker* I’m a bit of a Diva so if my ring and wedding don’t match my personality everyone we know is going to say “ummm what the eff? That can’t be right…”

Post # 64
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Can’t I have both?

Post # 65
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I absolutely wanted quality or size! My diamond is a Vs1, round ideal cut, color H, 1.5 carat. I defenetly would have loved a larger diamond, but I wanted a good quality one.. I think my man did a good job!

Post # 66
31 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t really feel we picked one over the other. We didn’t have a huge budget for a ring, and financing was out of the question as far as I was concerned. We went shopping together and the ring I ended up picking out was an eye clean .50 ct SI2 I color in a halo setting. I think it’s absolutely beautiful.

Post # 67
3198 posts
Sugar bee

I didn’t choose my center diamond. It was in the family. However, it has a very good cut and is VS1 or so. The only thing is it is a little more yellow than the other stones in the setting. However, I think it just gives it more depth! However, for the othe stones in the setting, I went for quality. They only amount to a little over 1/10 tcw but they sparkle like nobody’s business. Yay Hearts on Fire ideal cut diamonds!!!

Post # 68
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@agirlwithdreams7: I wouldn’t compromise with size or quality (or accept an alternative to diamonds) and ended up waiting five years for him to propose. I don’t regret it at all.


Post # 69
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

I definitely would (and did) choose quality over size. I got exactly what I wanted. An amazing quality stone in the perfect size for me (.59ct). I’m in IT and work with my hands a lot, so 1ct+ would have been too much. It’s beautiful and sparkly, doesn’t look microscopic and I love it. If I had to do it again I wouldn’t change anything.

Post # 70
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We could have gone with 1.5 ct perfect quality all around, 2 ct with an excellent cut and color but small inclusions, or a 2.5 carat ‘good’ quality all around. We decided to stay in the middle since size was very important to both of us. Honestly with the excellent cut and color, it is almost impossible to see the inclusions in my stone, they are extremely small adn don’t take away from the beauty of the diamond at all. I am so happy to have the 2 ct. instead of 1.5 which I would have eventually wanted to upgrade.

So obviously for me it was situation specific and was very dependent on all the factors.

Post # 71
11378 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We got a smaller diamond that sparkles like crazy & I love it!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

.20 something marquise cut solitaire on a 10K white gold band with a 10k white gold 4mm plain band. Its SI2 but I can’t tell with my naked eye, like I said it sparkles like crazy & is exactly what I wanted!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 72
30 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

My fiance asked me the same question before he popped the question. After a short reflection, it was without a doubt quality. Why would I want a big dirty diamond? Not cool! Give me a tiny diamond, with clarity and sparkle. He did well! ๐Ÿ™‚


Plus, I live in NY and commute to work. Trying to avoid being robbed too.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 74
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Dear Fiance was really hung up on quality, and the setting not overshadowing the diamond.  I ended up with a 0.9ct internally flawless Hearts & Arrows cut, in a dainty 2mm, 4 prong setting.  On someone with normal fingers and hands, this stone would look AMAZING… but I have huge, ginormous sausage hands and it looks tiny and unimpressive on me.  So many people have been like “OMG let me see the ring!!” and then when they see it they’re just like “Oh… um… nice.” People are also like “How big is your diamond?  1/2 a carat?”  I know I shouldn’t care, but it does bother me.  I can’t help but get annoyed when people with cloudy, visably flawed diamonds (that actually aren’t much bigger than mine) act superior, because theirs looks bigger on their hand.

I love my diamond and it will always be special to ME, so I won’t replace it.  But if I had it to do over again, I’d pick a 1.5 to 2 carat moissanite in a pave setting… Something with a little more “oomph.”

Post # 75
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I prefer quality of the diamond BUT mine is a brilliant round solitaire so it SHOWS….in some cuts of the diamonds…….it doesnt matter as much. Esp if the main stone is surrounded but a halo.

Post # 76
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Quality for sure.

My ring is pretty wonderful quality (excellent, excellent, Color G, VVS1) and I have never seen a ring so sparkly. With the pave bands and my pave wedding band, it sparkles in all lighting! The center stone is a bit under a carat and the whole ring is 1.3.

My girlfriend, however, has a 1.75 carat diamond that hardly sparkles. It looks yellow in all lighting–even out in the sun! I feel bad for her… it looks very dirty.

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