(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 # 47
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    As long as the bigger diamond was cut very well and eye-clean I’d get the larger stone, but if not I’d get a gemstone rather than a very small diamond.  

    Post # 48
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I didn’t vote because neither really apply for me. My diamond is a 2.01 carat H color SI1 but you can’t see any flaws, it’s eye-clean. There is one tiny one but it is set under a prong. So DH got a FANTASTIC deal for the stone. It looks great and it was a bargain (relatively speaking) yet a lot of Bees would hear those specs and go NOPE! Not for me! That is fine, because it’s mine and they can’t have it anyway. Laughing

    Post # 49
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    Busy bee

    I’d probably go for cut over anything else. A well cut .90 carat can face up larger and prettier than some 1 carat stones.

    Cut/clarity/color/carat would be how I order mine. Except some days I’d want to switch clarity and color. Those warmer creamy looking diamonds make my heart beat faster some days. πŸ˜›

    Post # 50
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    Busy bee

    @Baybeejulia:  Size Size SIZE not quality…

    My bff and I have the exact same priced ring.  She has a little over a carat

    and I have a 1.7 carat….with a halo, so 3 carats total

    Hers is flawless and mine is in the middle of the scale as far as quality.

    Everyone Oh’s and Ah’s over my ring, my bff complains literally everyday , that NO ONE ever says anything about her ring bc she doesn’t think its big enough.  It is a simple, pretty round brillant in a white gold setting.

    Point is, you put her ring up against mine and look at it as close as you can and you will not SEE anything in my ring or hers.

    Her color of her ring may be a little tiny bit less cloudy than mine, but honestly put it next to each other you would probably chose mine, because its much more sparkly because its bigger.  Maybe my cut is as good as hers or something, I don’t know..

     

    I have told every guy I have ever met who have told me they needed help picking a ring to get Size over quality.

    No one can tell with the naked eye if your ring has imperfections, espcially if the imprefections aren’t specks but maybe a mark inside your diamond.

    We saved $6,000 by NOT getting a flawless diamond, I think they are a waste of money!

    Post # 52
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    @Baybeejulia:  Everyone is different, but my view is that it’s silly to pay (dearly) for qualities you won’t see or be able to appreciate.  Anything higher than VS2 is overkill to me — as long as it’s eye-clean and doesn’t compromise the integrity/strength of the stone.

    An eye-clean SI looks the exact same as an IF stone.  Period.  Now, if there are very visible inclusions, then it’s got to be at least a SI2 or I1-3 stone… I would have to draw the line there.  I originally had a SI2 stone, but it was absolutely eye-clean — so much so that I had to use the loope AND be shown where it was due to the location being near the edge.   I have 2.43 ct SI1 stone now and it’s 100% eye clean.  I would have never been able to get that size stone if I had to have VVS — and I wouldn’t want to pay for it either.  πŸ™‚

    Post # 54
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    @BrideToBe14:  “Her color of her ring may be a little tiny bit less cloudy than mine, but  honestly put it next to each other you would probably chose mine, because its  much more sparkly because its bigger.  Maybe my cut is as good as hers or  something, I don’t know..”

    Cut is the most important of all the C’s…  if yours is “cloudy,” then it’s not the color making it so.  It could be cut, multiple or large feather inclusions, or a strong fluorescence (which can sometimes cause a “milkiness” or “haziness”).  But I am with you on the basic idea that if you can’t see it, it’s like it’s not there, hence not paying for things you can’t see or appreciate!  LOL

    That said, I would NEVER sacrifice on cut — it’s what makes a diamond sparkle, helps hide inclusions, and makes it appear brighter and whiter. πŸ™‚

    Post # 55
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    @southsun:  +1

    Post # 56
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2002

    It’s all about personal preference.  We went with a G color, IF stone because quality was more important than getting more than a carat, to me.  Mine is .94.

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2002

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    @BrideToBe14:  I definitely don’t feel my internally flawless diamond is a “waste of money!” I love my diamond, and not a penny was wasted on the quality.  

    Post # 58
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Each diamond is different too.  I looked at TONS of different onea with different specs.  Some smaller “better” diamonds were uglier than bigger “worse” ones according to their specs.

    Post # 59
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    @Baybeejulia:  I have to agree with some above posters!

    There are SO many factors.

    Cut, Clarity, Carat weight, Colour, Certification, Canadian or not, etc

    On my priority list I had Cut first, as a bad cut can make for a crappy diamond. I also wanted a cushion diamond BAD.

    Next I chose Clarity, closely tied with Carat weight.

    For certification, I chose EGL usa over GIA. I actually saved some money going with an EGL graded diamond, as they have lower standards for grading.

    Heres my 1.04 ct cushion, VS2, G colour and Very Good Symmetry. I also did a lot of research in regards to table, crown, pavillion and girdle thickness. Since we bought it online, we went to a gemologist and had it looked at right away. Because EGL has lower standards, she told me if it were GIA, It would most likely be an SI1 or SI2, and an H for color. Because I knew this already, I purposely searched for EGL diamonds that were graded higher than what I was looking for. Even by doing this, we saved close to $1000 by buying an EGL graded diamond online. And we saved nearly $3000 by buying a diamond online rather than in store.

    I do plan to upgrade one day though! Not by size though πŸ™‚ I really want to have an antique cushion put in, in the best possible quality I can find!

    This is mine!

    This is an example of an antique cushion diamond I love! I really like the big facets.

    Post # 60
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    @heathuhhhhwebbbb:         

    Each diamond is different too.  I looked at TONS of different onea with  different specs.  Some smaller “better” diamonds were uglier than bigger  “worse” ones according to their specs.

    This is absolutely true!  You cannot buy a diamond based on the paper.  You have to use your eyes.  I’ve seen D/VVS stones with bad faceting and light performance that were dogs, but by gosh they were D/VVS1!!  <teeheehee>

    I can honestly say that my sister’s 1.5 ct H/SI1 (3X) looks 100x better than a friend’s 1.75 E/VS1… It’s an 3X stone, but something is off about it (I think it’s too shallow with a small pavillion angle or something)… however, her friend would never “settle” for such an “inferior stone.”  It’s so obnoxious when someone asks to see her ring and the first thing that comes out of her mouth is, “…it’s an E/VS1 — that means it almost flawless!”  <rolls eyes>

    …and my thoughts are, “– and it doesn’t look nearly as white and sparkly as my sister’s…”  πŸ˜‰

    Post # 61
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    @Brittanyg20:  that’s a gorgeous, chunky cushion!  πŸ™‚

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