Post # 1
If you had to.
SO and I are currently in the midst of ring shopping/diamond searching. We want to maximize the stone we get within our set budget. Tell me which Cs are the most important to you and which you could do without (pics are SO welcome).
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2018 - City, State
Uhhh I dont think you can actually disregard any of them. But I suppose if I haaaaad to it would be carat because I wouldnt want a 3 ct dull stone. My personal list in order of importance (not that this had any bearing on my ring because Fiance picked it as a surprise) would be cut, carat, color, clarity. I ended up with a Hearts and Arrows excellent cut, 1.33 ct, H color, VS2 (or maybe its VVS2, I really dont remember) stone. Its absolutely perfect in every way. However, I wouldve been happy with a smaller stone.
Post # 3
I’ve found, that in a clear diamond, with few inclusions and a good color, the carat (to me) is least important.
Post # 4
I would say colour is important because a carat that is dull yellow tinged doesn’t look as nice as bright white.
Post # 5
Color and cut are so important. I worked in the jewelry business for 9 years and one of the biggest mistakes people make is choosing clarity over color. You should also choose a well cut stone. If the stone is poorly cut, it will not refract the light and look as brilliant as a well cut stone. Carat weight of course is personal preference. I would much rather have a smaller high quality diamond than a large diamond with visible flaws or yellow tint to it.
Post # 6
Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat–in that order.
Post # 7
Clarity. As long as it’s eye clean, it’s fine by me.
Post # 8
Probably carat because I don’t like super big rings on my, I’m a size 5 so to me on my hand anything bigger than a carat looks fake and too big but I think they look nice on other people 🙂
Post # 9
I prefer colour over clariy, i.e. I would rather get a G VS1 than a H VVS2.
Post # 11
You obviously need to balance everything, but IMO, getting anything better than eye clean is a waste of money (depending on the shape). Why give up carat just to know your ring looks better under a loupe? Also, if you pay extra for a stellar cut, it will make stones face up a couple shades whiter, meaning you can go lower in color.
This is my FI’s ring. It is an eye clean SI1. I always laugh a little inside when her other friends brag how theirs is flawless.
Post # 12
My diamond is an h and all my sidestones are d-f. I can’t tell the difference.
Post # 13
agree with you on clarity! My stone is a SI1 and it looks perfect!
Cut and carat were important to me… ended up with 1.3 excellent cut H color and I absolutely love it!
Post # 14
definitely clarity … A exquisite small diamond is what I’m planning on as I have small hands and short fingers!