(Closed) smaller and perfect or a large and inclusive?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you rather have a ring with a ...
    smaller .75-.5 carat diamond that is ideal in regards to the 4 C's : (93 votes)
    63 %
    larger 1+ carat diamond with inclusions : (40 votes)
    27 %
    Doesn't really matter : (15 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    690 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think it is better to have a more perfect smaller diamond with less flaws than a big diamond with inclusions and bad color.

    Post # 4
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would keep the small diamond if I were you. If you really want a bigger diamond, I would save a bit of money here and there to put towards a larger ring.. in my opinion (which is mine, maybe not everyones) its okay to sacrifice a little in quality but not a whole lot. That being said, if you’d rather a larger imperfect diamond, that is YOUR choice

    Post # 5
    38 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I don’t think you need to worry about it, vintage rings come with their own charm. my Fiance gave me is Oma’s ring (oma = grandma in german) and it’s a big stone but it’s not a dimond. I don’t think you need to worry about the size of your ring, if you both love it, and if it fits who you are, then you shouldn’t worry, I love my ring more because it’s not “run of the mill” embrace your ring it’s your ring your love, it doesn’t matter the size of it….

    Post # 6
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    It depends. My ring has inclusions, but you can’t see them and the cut and color are excellent. So to me, it was the right diamond, but others might not agree. Personally I would rather have the bigger rock, as long as it sparkles and doesn’t look yellow.

    But don’t feel bad about what other people have. They may have a big rock and an unhappy relationship. Plus you will always lose if you try to keep up with the joneses because someone will always have a bigger version. As long as the ring suits your lifestyle and you love it, I think you made the right decision. If it’s possible to upgrade the stone, think about that down the road for an anniversary maybe.

    Post # 8
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would rather have a smaller one that is better quality.

    Post # 9
    2548 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t see one over the other being better. I think they are all kind of the same, just different.

    Post # 10
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I think you should keep the one you have because it is YOURS! For that reason I’ll always keep the one that is mine because my Darling Husband picked it out. He did the same as you guys and got a very high quality stone. It is 1ct. If it were me doing all the deciding at that time, I don’t know for sure I would have done the same? I definitely would want a stone that had an excellent cut, but if I couldn’t see the difference between a 1ct E, VVS2 and a 1.3ct G, VS2 I don’t know that I wouldn’t have gone with the bigger stone. I absolutely love that my Darling Husband wanted to get me something perfect though and I’d never want to give it up.

    Post # 11
    4109 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Assuming you’re talking about what you specifically can afford (and not insinuating that all large diamonds have inclusions), it really depends if the flaws are glaringly obvious for me. If it looks clear & sparkly to the naked eye, and isn’t too yellow, I’d go for the bigger rock.

    P.s. I have size envy sometimes too, but I’m sure your ring is beautiful as is!

    Post # 12
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’d go for smaller every time… but wanted to say I hope you liked Brighton!? I studied there and miss it so much!

    Post # 12
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    DP. Sorry.

    Post # 13
    464 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My ring gets top marks for the 4c’s. My Fiance was really focused on that and he wanted a Canadian diamond so that it was conflict free. However, size was compromised to get this and honestly I love my ring, even if it is a .25. I would love to have a .5 or more and I think the size you have isn’t small at all and is a great size, especially if it is of high quality.

    Post # 14
    136 posts
    Blushing bee

    I always believe in quality over quantity. But I don’t think it is required to get a ring that is IF, because you could get a bigger ring that is SI or VS or VVS and it would still sparkle.

    I was in the same boat, and I’m not getting the Tiffany I originally thought about, but I am getting a smaller better quality over a larger lesser quality.

    But get the ring that makes your finger tingle, and puts a smile to your face just thinking about it. That’s how I decided on my future engagement ring.

    Post # 15
    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Depends on the level of inclusions.


    When set in jewelry, if a diamond is eye-clean and near-colorless, that’s all that matters in regards to the clarity and color “Cs”.

    The most important “C” is cut. A well-cut diamond will have much more life and sparkle than a diamond not as well cut.



    My diamond is an SI1.

    Here’s the magnification of it. The arrow points to the single tiny visible inclusion. (Eye-clean.)

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