Post # 1
There have been a few threads recently about the 4Cs, and particularly size vs quality; and I thought it’d be interesting to see if there’s an average carat weight/cut/clarity/colour that people won’t go below if they were purchasing a solitaire ring/pendant. Plus, who doesn’t like a good poll?!
NB: to save there being like a gazzilion options, I’ve lumped some together. So, feel free to comment if for eg you wouldn’t go lower than a D, as I know there’s quite a bit of difference between D and F, but ran out of options. Likewise with clarity, etc.
I’ll start: if I was buying a solitaire ring/pendant the lowest carat weight I’d choose would be 0.25-0.3ct. The lowest colour grade would be H, the lowest clarity SI2, and the lowest cut excellent., unless I got a SUPER cheap deal (eg I have two I1 RHRs but they were VERY cheap).
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX
For an e-ring, it would be at least: 3/4ct, H in color, excellent cut, SI1
What I have: 1.02, G in color, excellent cut, VS2
Edited to add: For a RHR I am not nearly as picky, an I1 would work for me if it was not really cloudy, H-I in color, and I would not care about tcw
Post # 4
@JessMorgan777: Yeah, I have different feelings on occasional jewellery vs everyday jewellery. I have 2 RHRs which are both 0.25ct, H-I, I1, and I’m cool with that. But my engagement ring is D VVS1, and my new pendant is 0.41ct F SI2 (and it was a gamble getting an SI2; thankfully it paid off and is very sparkly; though I’d have exchanged the stone if not). The lowest I was prepared to go on my engagement ring was E VS1, and the lowest on the pendant was G SI2.
Post # 5
I would go to a 1.25ct, I color, SI2, Excellent cut
What I have: 1.86ct, G color, SI2, Excellent cut
Post # 6
For an engagement ring I would probably go .75 carat, S1 Clarity (as long as it was eye clean and looked nice to me), and J color (depending on the shape). I would not sacrifice the cut. It would need to be the best cut they offer.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I would go to a 0.33 ct, I color, SI2, Excellent cut
What I have: 0.33 ct, I color, SI1 , Excellent cut (H&A)
We did not have a huge budget and I really didn’t want a huge ring so I ended up with as close to what I would have wanted to go to…had I wanted something bigger I probably would have gone non-diamond.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
My minimum cut was also kind of my maximum cut: “excellent” but also H&A with great ASET images.
Minimum H color, minimum SI2 clarity as long as it’s eye-clean, because I can’t tell them apart from their “perfect” versions anyway. No minimum carat weight – just whatever our budget happened to get us.
Ended up with D, Ex, .75, and I believe it’s SI1 but could be SI2… can’t remember off the top of my head. Nothing visible.
Post # 9
Got F/VS2/VG cut, would have gone as low as H/SI1/VG cut… and largest size that would fit in the budget.
Post # 10
For me, my diamond buying soft spot is to go right down to I-J in color, but stay at VS2 clarity or above, the best cut possible (for rounds, 3X with a good HCA score), and find the biggest size for my budget within those parameters.
I have a pendant that’s .33, J VS2, RHR that’s .34 I VS1, and just got .66 tw J VS2 studs, all GIA 3X – so you can see a pattern, lol.
My e-ring is just what I wanted – beautiful cut & polish, at least 1 carat, J color, VS2. I honestly wouldn’t want to go with specs any lower than that for a heart shaped diamond ering.
Post # 11
I would go as low as H/SI1/Ex Cut 0.75ct,
What I have is G/VS2/Ex cut. 1.03 ct.
I think cut is extremely important, and would sacrifice a bit of carat weight and colour to get the excellent cut.
Post # 12
I’d be willing to accept Ideal/Excellent cut, down to I colour, VS2 clarity, and the largest we can afford with those specs – hopefully not less than 0.7-0.75 carats.
Ideally I’d like something Ideal/Excellent cut, no lower than H colour, no lower than VVS2 clarity, and the largest we can afford, hopefully 1 carat or larger.
Post # 13
I’m a pretty huge fan of “boarder diamonds”–The ones on the bottom rung of the top scale.
Like how F is the lowest “colorless” diamond, VVS2, VG cut.
Post # 14
Carat: 1.20 Carat
Clarity: VS2 Maaaaybe, SI1 but I prefer to stick to the VS1 – VS2 range. ANy higher and I’m paying a rpemium for soemthing that I cannot enjoy/observe and any lower and it could be visible or risk the integrity of the stone.
Colour: My lowest would be I-J but preferrably G-H. Honestly, when your diamond is set very little to no colour will show in this range and with all the other specs being high, you will get a great price for a small compromise and a very beautiful diamond. The reality is in order to really observe colour in these diamonds you would have to have an unset diamond placed face down on a white background next to a D-E diamond to really note any discernible difference. That’s not a likely scenario at all 😛
Post # 15
The bias in the poll is pretty clear. While the clarity listings are the same as GIA classifications, the colour listings are not. I and J still count as “near colourless” by GIA’s charts. Colour is commonly classified as D-F, G-J, K-M, N-R and S+.
Post # 16
Lowest: 0.7/VG/SI2/H (maaayyyybbeeee I if it was GIA Ex/Ex/Ex or AGS000)
My ideal would probably look like 1.00/Ex/VS1/G
Realistically I’d be happy with whatever my SO would buy for me, but if I were buying for myself I would look for a diamond that fell somewhere between those 2 lists, definitely striving for Ex cut.