(Closed) Which Diamond? 0.75-0.85ct J xxx VS1-VS2 OR I xxx SI1-2.

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which Diamond?
    J xxx VS1-2 : (43 votes)
    68 %
    I xxx SI1-2 : (19 votes)
    30 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 17
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    76 posts
    Worker bee

    I would go with the J between the two.  It’s only a color lower than the I, but without having seen it, I could not comfortably pick an SI1-2 diamond.  I have seen some with horrible inclusions.

    With that said, personally I wouldn’t go below an H and VS1. 

    Post # 18
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    1914 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    Caroline88:  If those were my only options I would do J VS1 or 2. You would probably be ok with an SI1, but there is a good chance SI2 is not eye clean, and you just don’t know how the inclusions will look without seeing it in person. The difference between I and J color is minimal, but I think the difference between VS and SI clarity is significant. I would never buy an SI diamond without being able to see it first.

    Post # 19
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    1081 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Caroline88:  

     

    I will go with I color diamond because it will be set on a yellow band. A diamond will not be as white as it is set on a white gold band.  

    Post # 20
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    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    What is the size differential? Does that matter to you?

    Can you see the certificates?  You should be able to see where the inclusion is on the S1 diamond by looking at the certificate.

    Off the bat I say go with J – fewer inclusions, excellent cut, and in yellow gold the color shouldn’t be an issue.  But if the I is bigger and you can tell the inclusions aren’t bad, I’d go with that 🙂

    Post # 21
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    1084 posts
    Bumble bee

    SI2 includes inclusions but they are only notice to a skilled grader using 10x magnification. I would go with the I/ssi2 due to be the better color……nobody is going to be using a 10x magnification to inspect your ring, and due to the color (I) it will sparkle like crazy. 

    Post # 22
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    4644 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    If the SI1-2 is eye clean, then I would go for that one since you get a better color out of it, but if you are buying online or cannot see the stone or have someone verify that it is EYE CLEAN then go for the higher clarity.

    Assuming that both are ideal cut.

    Post # 23
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    783 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2003

    I have an H & SI2 and I don’t see any inclusions and it’s pretty white to me. Since you can’t see it in person first though, I would go with better clarity I think.  Especially if you are setting in yellow gold. 

    Post # 24
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    532 posts
    Busy bee

    I have an xxx 0.8 Round Brilliant in E colour. I was adamant I wanted a VS1 as absolute minimum before I actually went to the jewellers. Came out with an Si1 and am over the moon with it. Maybe I’m just really bad at spotting inclusions but I can’t see anything at all and it sparkles like mad because of the ex cut. 

    What did you end up going for? 

    Post # 25
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    3611 posts
    Sugar bee

    Caroline88:  Even between two diamonds certified GIA triple-ex, there can still be a difference in cut. There is a wealth of information on Pricescope about crown and pavilion angles, depths, and tables. For example, a diamond with a table of 60% could be certified by the GIA as triple-ex despite the fact that the table size is larger than a true “ideal.” 

    I would first identify which of the two diamonds is better cut (check the numbers and ask for a Sarin report/Idealscope image to check light return). If it’s the J/VS2, then go for it. If it’s the I/SI1-2, I would try to get pictures and/or a written confirmation from the seller that it is eye clean.  Keep in mind that if you are getting the latter (a written confirmation), eye cleanness is assessed face up from 6-8 inches away.

    Post # 26
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    260 posts
    Helper bee

    Caroline88:  If there is only one color grade seperating them, I would definitely go for the higher clarity.  Most body color is visible when the stone is viewed from the side anyway, and not so much when viewed from the top (esp for a stone that still falls in the “near colorless” spectrum).  Inclusions, however, are one of those things that can be very visible, and a lot of the time once you notice an inclusion, it’s ALL you can see and focus on when you look at your diamond.  Is there any way you could see them both in person before you purchase?

     

    ETA:  Everything I’ve said above is based on the assumption that both stones have comparable cuts.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 9 months ago by  OldGold.
    Post # 27
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    4260 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    With cuts being equal, I would always take a VS over and SI stone.  Especially if they are in the same colour range.  I or J will look very similar.

    Post # 28
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    1529 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’m all for SI1’s, if you cannot see any inclusions. Since you cannot view them in person, I wouldn’t mess around and would pick the VS1/2 but GIA doesn’t give a range (i.e. VS1-2) as far as I know.

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