Post # 1
If you could choose between a .8-.9 ct diamond F-G color, SI clarity (eye clean) OR a 1.1-1.3 ct diamond I-J color, SI clarity which would you pick? There is obviously some price difference between the options, but that isn’t an issue. Basically, would you go down in color for more size, or stay with a higher color and smaller size?
Just to add, it will be set in a simple 6 prong solitaire regardless, and will be excellent cut.
edit: obviously this is pretty subjective, but I’m just looking to see if there’s a majority opinion.
Post # 3
Is it a round? I know I have a .81 pear and everyone assumes its at least a carat, so I would just go with the smaller one. Then again, I am one who really picks color over a lot of things. It depends on what your preference is on the 4 C’s.
Post # 4
@BlondeMissMolly: If the clarity is the same, I’d probably go down in color, but I personally don’t mind a bit of warmth and I think there are lots of bees on here who have shown their rings with I or J color stones and they still look pretty colorless.
To add – I think there would be a difference based on the cut, though. I’d go with the stone that had the better cut. Also, there probably isn’t much difference between .8 and 1.1, but between .8 and 1.3, there will probably be a more noticeable difference.
Post # 5
@FutureBaker: yeah I should have added they are all round!
@futuremrsk18: they are all excellent cut!
Post # 6
I am not picky about color at all, so I would go for the bigger stone with the lower color. Personally, color is the least important C to me.
Post # 7
it depends how color sensitive you are. i personally wouldn’t want anything under an H BUT i’ve seen some lovely stones in the I-J range. some people just value some of the 4 c’s higher than others. try looking at the different colors in person at a jewelry store to help you decide.
another thing to think about is if you’re going to have a wedding band with diamonds since you want a classic plain setting you may see the yellow in your main stone. most settings are no lower then I color. you may hate seeing the color next to your band, you may not.
Post # 8
since i still think .8-.9 is a very nice size, i’d go for the better color
Post # 9
hurm I think my choice would be based off of how they both look on your finger. I have a princess cut and I long for more finger coverage but I am also color sensitive. I would not want less than an H, but if that I is pretty white I would probably choose the bigger stone.
Post # 10
in this case, I would go with color. Color isn’t everything but you are in a situation where you have a nice size stone (.8 or .9) and you can have a great color option. I wouldn’t go bigger but that is just me because I don’t like bigger stones because of personal preferences.
Post # 11
Thanks guys! I’m leaning toward probably going with something around .8-.9 ct. That was our plan (in F-G color) until we went to a jewelery store to see how I like that size on, since we’re planning to order online. The jeweler showed us different stones in G, H, J and K color and I was so surprised that I couldn’t tell much difference at all. The G next to the K was more obvious, but it made me question whether its a waste to pay for such high color and sacrifice size. We could go with a higher color in a larger size, but I really don’t want him/us to spend that much since we’re young and have lots of other expenses! I think I may be more color sensitive than some, so I really don’t want to stare at my hand and look for color!
Post # 12
I would go with a clearer color. I don’t like yellowish diamonds.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
I think it depends on how color sensitive you are. I did not want to go lower than an F, but I am very color sensitive. That being said, your diamond is rarely going to be in a situation where it is next to others, so it depends on what you think and how you like it. In your case I would go with the smaller stone, but if you prefer size, there would be a noticable difference between a .8 and a 1.3.
Post # 14
@BlondeMissMolly: Honestly? If you literally can’t tell the difference there is no real need to go up in color UNLESS just knowing it wasn’t a F-G would bother you. But if you could care less and you can’t tell unless a jeweler is putting the 2 stones side by side under that jewelry store lighting (because, let’s be honest, how often are you going to be walking around with comparison stones pushed right against yours?) then I’d go down. Disclaimer: I’m a fan of all colors so I don’t swear allegiance to a specific range but I am a supporter of warmer stones. If the idea of it bothers you on any level I’d go up. But if not, get that bigger stone. 🙂
Post # 15
@claireos: yeah I hear you–the problem is that we are planning to order online so I’m not 100% sure about a lower color until we order. Of course I can send it back…just not sure yet what to do. The diamonds I compared at a jeweler were all so close so I’m second guessing everything!
Post # 16
I think there are a few additional factors to consider… What cut diamond are you considering? Step cuts and cushions show their color more than a round brilliant or princess. Do either diamond s have any level of flourescence? Also, Some people are very color sensitive while other’s are not. In addition to that, some also like warmer colored stones. keep in mind that you will also want the diamonds in your wedding band (assuming there will be diamonds) to be the same color.
@BlondeMissMolly: is it possible to order both? there’s nothing better than comparing both options side by side. Chances are, your eye will be naturally drawn to one over the other.