(Closed) What would you do?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Smaller with better cut. Always choose the one with the best cut.

How bad are the inclusions? I wouldn’t buy anything lower than SI1.

Post # 4
3232 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would choose C, none of the above.  Seriously, I’d choose a diamond alternative both of those.  If the second diamond is eye-clean, sure why not?  That’s how you save money.  But if it is an I1 or you could clearly see the inclusions I’d rather pass.  

Post # 5
334 posts
Helper bee

Most diamonds can be recut. The amount of carat you would lose would depend on its current dimensions. I think recutting is about $200-300 per carat. 


Post # 6
4929 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Have you considered Moissanite? They sparkle like CRAZY and they’re all “eye clean” (meaning no inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye). 

Post # 7
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2004

I would have to see them to be sure, but if the bigger one was significantly bigger, I would probably pick that one.

Post # 8
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

depends on how much it doesnt sparkle. Are we talking perfecr vs OK or OK vs bad?

I like bigger but not at the cost of a poor quality. 

Post # 10
2556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Bigger with so-so cut! haha! SO thinks the complete opposite, so, we’ve obviously had to compromise while ring shpping.  Wink

Post # 13
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

 What is the size difference between that center stone and the other? And where are the inclusions you can see? Does the sparkle of the other diamonds in the setting make up for the non sparkle of the bigger diamond or does it not look right?  And finally I know you are looking for a diamond but do you have any other options like taking that setting and getting a loose center stone elsewhere (like buying one from blue nile or a local jeweler or something?

I have a big diamond that has a good cut (as opposed to ideal) but it sparkles.  I would not take a smaller diamond with inclusions that were visible to me even if it sparkled more.  But that is because I have a solitaire so for me visible inclusions was a nono. There are a lot of diamonds in that setting that might make up for inclusions on the center depending on weither they are black/white inclusions and where they are (like could they be hidden under a prong?)

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