(Closed) What would be your minimum standard for diamond specs?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think I read somewhere cut is the most important because the better the cut the better the sparkle but i’ll stand corrected on that if i’m wrong. 

I didn’t get a choice in my ring because my husband picked it without me 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

This is all very personal but after trawling Pricescope (highly recommended) and seeing a few diamonds in store, I have decided that cut is king, and that I would consider stones in the G – J range for colour as long as they faced up nice and white. 

My minimum specs would be: SI1 (eye – clean), J colour, GIA/HRD triple Ex or AGS triple 0. 

Pre Pricescope it would probably have been VVS2 and G colour. My e-ring is a 2.02 carat modern round brilliant VS2 GIA EX J colour that faces up very white. Viewing the stone in the setting, a GIA trained jeweller/ dealer guessed it was an F – possibly G. 

I really recommend seeing some certified  stones with different specs in real life and a ton of images on Pricescope to find out your own preferences because there is no right spec but there will be a right spec for you.

Happy hunting!

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Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What type of cut are you interested in? It may be best to prioritize certain Cs over others depending on the shape of the diamond. With step cuts, for example, clarity should be a high priority. Round brilliants, on the other hand, hide inclusions better than some other stones and sometimes you can get away with an SI1 stone. Also, how color sensitive are you? Fancy cuts like cushions and radiants retain color more than other stones, so you might want to prioritize color more. There are websites that tell you the minimum grades you should be looking for to get the most bang for your buck. 

When I was selecting a diamond, I knew that I wanted to get as large a stone as possible that was still high quality. I have a 1.2 carat cushion, and it’s an H color, which still shows up white. Inclusions drive me nuts, however, so I was not willing to go down to a SI1 or SI2. My stone is a VS2, and I cannot see any inclusions. The cut is very good. I thought the stone was beautiful, so I didn’t see the need to go up to an excellent cut. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Cut and symmetry are king with rounds and the rest of the C’s are your tolerance and priorities. Definitely keep viewing stones in the stores (make an appointment and have them ship stones to the store) and trust your salesperson.  I know you don’t trust the lighting in the store but nice jewelers will allow you to walk outside to see the glory of the stone in a natural lighting.  Some people like the diamond to be ‘mind clean’- IF, FL,VVS1, VVS2 but some could care less. 

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  • This reply was modified 4 years, 9 months ago by  jar111415.
  • This reply was modified 4 years, 9 months ago by  jar111415.
Post # 8
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Busy bee

Darling Husband got my ering from blue nile and therefore hadn’t seen the stone before he received it. It is .92 si1 excellent cut g colour round. I think all the matters with clarity is that the stone is eye clean. Mine sure is. It’s gorgeous! But then i haven’t seen another si1 and don’t know if they’re all eye clean? 

Good luck with your forever ring!!!! 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I would probably go to a G and maaaaybe an H if it meant going up in size. But definitely VS2 and excellent cut. The general consensus seems to be that cut is the most important C but I still wouldn’t compromise of clarity. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

my personal minimum requirements…

Cut is king! AGS000 (Triple ideal – cut for ideal light performance)

…after the cut is ideal my ideal color/clarity range is H, I and VS2 area.

With an ideal cut stone, the color is less noticible.  My diamond is extremely white face up and there is a barely noticible difference only in certain lighting against my shared prong wb which has f/g a cut above stones.

My stone’s specs are 1.01ct AGS000 I VS2

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My most important spec by far was color.  After that, cut.  Carat and clarity were much less important to me.  My Fiance also got my ring from Blue Nile, so no ability to see the stone first but we both are VERY happy with the choice.

ETA: my only real “minimum” was that I wanted it to be F color at least.  Other than that, I really didn’t have any “minimums” for the other Cs.

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Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

nessdawwg:  My minimum standard would be that it would have to sparkle a whole lot. So, among the four C’s,  cut is my first priority. 

My second priority is color.

Third, clarity.

Fourth, carat weight.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

nessdawwg: My first standard for any stone is that I like how it looks (not all diamonds with the same specs grab you the same way).

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

nessdawwg:  This is a really great/helpful idea for a thread!

My sister is diamond obsessed and she’s told me…

Cut: Excellent

Clarity: As low as SI1

Carat: 1.0+ personally

Color: As low as J

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

nessdawwg:  My preference based on priority would be

1. Cut…Excellent/ Ideal

2. Carat size…1 carat or more

3. Color…As low as a J

4. Clarity…SI2 or higher

An excellent cut diamond will reflect light wonderfully, make it appear bigger,  and even if the color is lower the excellent cut balances it out somehow.  I’m also ok with some visible “flaws” I think it gives the diamond “character”. I’d rather have an excellent cut .80 carat (because it will look pretty close to 1 carat) than a 1.5 carat that’s a “good cut or lower” because it will look smaller than an excellent cut 1.5 carat & what’s the point of having a higher carat diamond that appears smaller lol. I can immediately spot poorly cut diamonds on here…they appear smaller than the carat weight the bee says it is…You ever notice a Bee has a 1 carat on a size 5 finger and it appears larger & then you see a 1.5 carat on another Bee with a size 5 finger and it looks small…yeah poor cut.

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