(Closed) What's more important, size or quality?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you:

    Get a bigger diamond with more visible imperfections

    Get a smaller diamond with less visible imperfections

  • Post # 3
    2552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We went with a smaller (.5) diamond with amazing specs. Wouldnt have it any other way.


    Post # 4
    3075 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

    Better quality. Though I have 5.5 fingers anything bigger than a 1.75 would look weird on me.

    Post # 6
    1092 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We went with quality. I only wanted a diamond and would never compromise quality for something bigger in size but not in quality.

    Post # 7
    1784 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I prefer smaller high quality stones, but it doesn’t bother me if someone else has different priorities. 

    Post # 8
    2449 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Baybeejulia:  I don’t think it’s as simple as either size or “quality.” I actually really don’t like phrasing this question as size vs “quality” because (1) carat size is a quality of any diamond that exists and (2) people’s priorities really vary (and rightly so). It’s all a matter of prioritizing the qualities of the diamond that are important to the person rather than saying someone prioritizes size or “quality.”

    Generally, as long as the diamond is of an acceptable quality for me in terms of the other 3C’s, I’d increase size before upping any of the other 3C’s further. Next, I’d increase another quality, and so on. I’m sure I could come up with an equation for my personal taste of how I prioritize the 4C’s, but that’d just be way too time consuming.

    Another example of how it’s not either or: I’m not so concerned with color as other people are, because I like warmer colored stones. Therefore, choosing a warmer colored diamond would NOT make a diamond I choose be of lower quality for my taste. Colorlessness is just not something I place such a high value on, I’d definitely place carat size above that.

    Post # 9
    2346 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m not sure clarity is the be all end all when it comes to overall quality. There’s so much more to a diamond to make it high quality, carat size being one.

    Post # 10
    3679 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    There’s a happy medium. I wouldn’t want a 0.3 carat D IF diamond, the same as I wouldn’t want a 1.5 carat O I3. There are plenty of beautiful diamonds that aren’t D color or IF clarity — the key is figuring out what’s important to you and maximizing that. For example, color wasn’t as important to me, so we went down in color and up in carat size. It worked for us.

    Post # 11
    7807 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    Almost everyone who has researched diamonds has a “sweet spot” where they prefer things. Some people genuinely like a warmer stone, so “sacrificing” colour isn’t a sacrifice for them at all. Likewise, some people need the peace of mind of having a VS or VVS stone whereas others find that certain SI stones don’t present any issues for them. So the question is really more in finding what you are sensitive to. Very few people have the means to purchase a stone of much size that is graded D IF, so we make concessions in some areas. A stone’s setting can also make a huge difference.



    Post # 12
    12244 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Definitely quality first!

    But if I had to choose either a D/IF/Excellent/.5ct or a F/VVS2/Very Good/1ct, I’d go with the second stone!

    Post # 13
    4943 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

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    @MissMarple:  +1


    “quality” is subjective anyway. As miss marble said, just because someone likes a warmer color does not make her stone less quality. And some ladies want a few inclusions so that if their ring is sent somewhere, they can tell if its the same one when they get it back (like a birthmark).


    Post # 15
    3229 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    My most valued quality is cut – I wouldn’t want to sacrifice cut for anything and want the best possible cut for my diamond. However, I would sacrifice the other C’s in a balance, including carat size. I wanted something between .5-1 carat and I want something in the upper end of near colorless or colorless, but I can’t really tell the difference between a D and an F/G/H so I probably wouldn’t prioritize having a higher color diamond over a bigger one. As for clarity, I want something that is eye clean but beyond that I’m not hugely picky. I don’t intend for my diamond to be an investment or even necessarily an heirloom piece. I want something that I enjoy and since I’ll never look at it microscopically, some quality points are lost on me. Kind of like buying a car: when my dealer asks me what extras I want, I tell him I’d love heated leather seats and a big sunroof, but they’re not worth paying for to me. Neither is perfect clarity or a D diamond.

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