(Closed) Which "C" is the most important to you for diamond engagement rings?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which "C" is the most important to you?
    Cut : (143 votes)
    54 %
    Color : (39 votes)
    15 %
    Clarity : (48 votes)
    18 %
    Carat Weight : (36 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    Color is most important to me, followed by clarity, cut, and then carat weight.

    Post # 4
    8042 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @PrincessBride27:  Cut is king. Cut = sparkle, and in some cuts like round brilliant, it can hide small imperfections.

    It’s definitely a balancing game. If I were to buy a diamond over a carat in weight, I wouldn’t go any lower than these stats: F color, ideal/excellent cut, VS2 (must be eye clean – I would check that it was).

    For a smaller diamond I wouldn’t worry quite as much since it is harder to tell… like I have a pretty semi-eternity ring that I have no idea what the stats are, all I know is it’s sparkly lol. I also have a gorgeous pair of diamond drop earrings from my SO, and I know they’re H color, but they look colorless to me (but the biggest stone is still WELL under a carat).

    If I were to buy an emerald cut, I would want VVS2 clarity at least. It really depends on the shape of stone IMO.

    Post # 5
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @canarydiamond:  +1

    A great diamond will look like crap with a bad cut, and a middle of the range diamond can look wonderful with the right cut.

    I could care less for carat myself, but I do find my D flawless colour diamond always looks perfect (to me at least). I doubt it would if it was full of inclusions though. For me – cut, clarity, colour, carat.

    Post # 6
    2351 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Cut, color, certification, carat, clarity

    Eta: my opinion was that most stones within fi’s purchasing range was going to be small if it was going to have extremely high clarity. I was not willing to sacrifice cut or color and I also wanted size. My thinking was why fight against its natural beauty. we found an eye clean large stone with great cut and color and it was certified. So clarity was where we sacrificed if u can even call it a sacrifice. Since diamonds r products of the earth, I actually think a ‘small’ flaw or two is beautiful. 🙂 


    Post # 7
    1360 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    cut, clarity, carat, color…. I sacrificed on color, ended up getting an I color, and yes I do notice it sometimes but it doesnt really bother me that much. If I upgraded in the future (still on the fence) it would be only in color since I got the best possible in everything else.

    Post # 8
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Color is the least important to me. I love my J-K color stone, I think it has so much personality and have no desire for a whiter stone. The other 3 are very difficult to choose between, there is a deal breaker range for all of them. Sparkle is obviously the main goal, but cut and clarity can both seriously detract from it. 

    Post # 9
    2892 posts
    Sugar bee


    If your diamond doesn’t sparkle then what’s the point?

    Post # 10
    304 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    It’s all about the Cut. For me, next would be clarity, then carat, then color. I really like almost all colors of diamond except K-M. Those are yellow but not yellow enough to be “premium yellow”.


    Post # 11
    1762 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014





    all in that order lol

    Post # 12
    1555 posts
    Bumble bee

    COST! 🙂  I don’t want anything too expensive because I’m terrified I’d lose it. I’m so accident prone, that it would happen. 

    But I also don’t want a diamond, so I’d go cut maybe. No pear shapes or heart shapes for me. 

    Post # 13
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Cut and then color

    Post # 14
    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    cut color clarity carat

    Post # 15
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I’m gonna be the oddball and say clarity. I hate diamonds that are crackly from being heavily included. It drives me nuts. 

    Post # 16
    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Cut is what defines your gem, then color and clarity run a close second with each other.  Carat is important to some, but the right cut and setting determines how large a stone looks.  Also the size of the finger it goes on helps determine how large a stone looks. =)  This from a reputable jeweler that my family has worked with for decades.  This is how he determines the prices of his diamonds.

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