(Closed) What were your 4C’s priority/trade off?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

#1 priority was “cut”. A well-cut diamond has much more sparkle than a lesser-quality cut.

For “color” and “clarity”, all I cared about was near-colorless and eye-clean. On your finger, you won’t be able to tell the difference between an E or a G. And as long as there are no large inclusions, you’re good.

For “carat” I just wanted what looked appropriate for my hand. I originally thought I wanted 1 ct, then I tried some on and it looked overpowering on my finger, so I started looking for a .5-.75 ct, the diamond I got was .61 ct.

 

 

I would not sacrifice on cut at all. Cut is king.

Color and clarity is where you can make up the difference to get a bigger carat if you want; without sacrificing the appearance of your ring.

 

My diamond: http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/7201/

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Okay, so I don’t know enough about this to comment as thoroughly as you guys have, but the most important thing to me was style and the cut. I didn’t want a round stone because every other woman in my family has one, so I was looking for something a little different. I also really liked that my princess cut is really shiny. My trade off was definitely the size. The stone itself has a little bit of a tint to it as well, but that doesn’t really bother me.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

when we were looking at diamons clarity wasnt an issue. obviously i didnt want an ugly stone but at the same time if i needed the magnifying glass to see it it wasnt an issue.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m ring shopping right now (okay, marching orders have been given to the fiance) since we got engaged months ago and haven’t yet picked out a ring.

I studied geology AND gemology in school, which is fortunate or unfortunate depending upon how you look at it.  Haha.

But to your question, #1 priority for me has been cut.  If you get a huge, near-colorless diamond with no inclusions but an average cut, I think that’s a huge waste of money.  The reason being is that the “fire” many are looking for relies upon precision cuts – the way the light enters and exits the diamond all depends upon the table.

ALSO – if you get an ideal cut diamond, it will seem “whiter” than it actually is.

My #2 is clarity, #3 is carat and my #4 is color.  

I’m shopping for ethical I ideal cut diamonds, but willing to go to J.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I got all the 4C’s right but traded off flourescence. I suggest not to do that. I didn’t know there was more past the 4C’s. I freaked out when my ring started glowing green!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

thats UV light by the way! I thought strong flourescense was a good thing. So my color is E, VS1 Clarity, Excellent cut, Carat weight .36 (perfect for us). But glowing green.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My priority first was “cut and colour” and then carat and last was clarity because it can only be seen with 10 x magnification.

My Cut was very good, Colour was “D”, carat was 0.91 and clarity was VS2

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Mine was cut, color, then clarity in that order. My Fiance only considered Ideal cuts, F or G color and only above VS1, and at least 1.5. He also looked for a diamond with faint or no flouresence.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well I know about the 4 C’s but they didn’t enter into my diamond buying experience too much!  I always feel a bit weird posting about this…since most people seem to care a lot more than I do.  I knew I wanted a round brilliant cut diamond and chose one in the size I wanted.  The colour was F which I thought was good (looks very white) and it looks sparkly so I didn’t second guess the cut.  The clarity is I2 – which doesn’t sound very good – but I have to look closely to see the little black mark that is the inclusion.  You can’t see it but from a certain angle.  I sent the stone back once to trade it in for one where the inclusion was less obvious. 

ETA: We went ring shopping together and I was supposed to choose the ring I wanted 🙂

Post # 14
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Honey bee

My most important was cut above all. I even started comparing table ratios and all those numbers you don’t normally think about! Then clarity (because it’s an emerald cut). Color and carat came after those. I also looked at flourescence. So yeah, basically, I paid attention to everything!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

First priority was cut.  I got the hearts on fire/hearts and arrows cut (what it is called depends on the store) and certified excellent. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Mine were cut, carat, color, clarity in that order….Fortunately Fiance made all of them priority and I got the ring of my dreams, he didn’t slack on any of the 4 Cs.  He figured “go hard or go home” when you’re spending that kind of money, he just wanted to make a good investment and make sure I was totally happy.  He is a lovely sweet man and I get to marry him in 34 days:)

Since other people posted their stats, I will, even though I’ve gotten blasted for it before….Fiance got me a GIA 1.53 tcw excellent cut brilliant round diamond, and it’s VS1 and J color.  Then he put it in my dream Tacori bloom setting, the 2620, and I have no idea what the diamonds are in the setting.  I only know the center stone details because he took the diamond-buying process very seriously and he was really proud of what he got after having the jewelry store bring in a ton of different diamonds.  My diamond has more fire than anything I’ve ever seen and I love my Tacori setting!

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