Post # 1
As the boyfriend and I start looking at rings he asked me an interesting question (after I caught him searching blue Nile. ) He asked me if I would rather have a bigger ring or a higher quality. Without flinching I said “bigger” since I know myself and in about 5 minutes I will have cupcake batter on it and the clarity won’t be as obvious. But I was just curious to see what other people thought of the topic.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
There’s a fine balance. I’d say that I would ideally want a stone at least .75 carats, but that after that point, quality would start to trump size.
Post # 4
I agree that there’s a balance. My preferred approach is set a minimum for all other C’s (ie G color, VVS2 clarity, Ideal cut) and get the largest size possible. It depends on your personal preferences, but I really don’t like seeing a large stone with noticably bad quality. A high-quality smaller stone will often sparkle much more and look better. Also keep in mind that the larger the diamond is, the more noticable the quality becomes.
Post # 5
It depends on how poor the quality is. If there are any obvious flaws to the naked eye (color or inclusions or otherwise) I’d prefer smaller but higher quality any day!
Post # 6
I think it’s a balance. I had an extremely high quality heirloom stone that was on the smaller side IMO, which I lost. I think it could have very easily been considerably lower quality and still been eye clean, colorless enough for my taste, well cut, etc. but much larger for the same price. I’m looking to replace it now and I plan to spend about the same amount of money on an average quality, much larger stone. Personally, I think quality only matters to a certain point. If it’s eye clean, looks colorless to you, and is well cut, I think that’s all that matters. You need a microscope to know if it’s better quality than that, and how often do you (or anyone else) inspect your stone with a microscope? I don’t want a stone that is flawed to the naked eye, but I say size over quality past that.
Post # 7
I think it depends on how much quality you’re talking about sacrificing vs. the carat size you’re seeking. I am very sensitive to color and have a platinum setting, so I did not want to sacrifice my desire for a D-colored diamond. When I saw my 1.21-carat D next to a 1.37-carat G, I absolutely could tell the difference in color, but the difference in size was not an issue for me. I did sacrifice a bit on clarity, when the jeweler educated me that an eye-clean, SI1 diamond would still be very beautiful.
Post # 8
@MsPoodles: “Personally, I think quality only matters to a certain point. If it’s eye clean, looks colorless to you, and is well cut, I think that’s all that matters. You need a microscope to know if it’s better quality than that, and how often do you (or anyone else) inspect your stone with a microscope?”
^ Exactly what I think, too. My SO is looking for my stone right now, and I hope he has been listening 🙂
Post # 9
It depends on which spectrum the “better” is coming from! I’d go smaller for a better cut since a better cut will make it look bigger. Clarity wasn’t a big thing for me, but cut was.
Post # 10
I think you should check out pricescope.com. That website helped me tremendously in making my decision between quality vs. carat. Also, seeing the diamonds in person helped me realize that perhaps I’m not that color sensitive and there are good eye clean Si1 to SI2 diamonds out there. Luckly, I was working with a fantastic little shop who kept their prices very close to Blue Nile prices.
For me, I went as low as I could on quality so that I could have a larger diamond 😀 I got a round brilliant, so the thing that had the most visual impact to me was the HCA score. The diamonds with low HCA scores just sparkled so much more, despite color or clarity grade.
I wish you the best of luck! Ring shopping was such a ridiculously fun experience.
Post # 11
Well, it depends what we are talking about for quality.
I would take a lower colour stone as I prefer lower colours, and do not *personally* consider lower colours lower grades, though for many this is a quality issue and objectively they are supposed to be lower quality. I just do not like icy, bright white stones. (Tip: you can also look at lower colours with fluorescence…they will face up whiter. Check out Brian Gavin’s Blue line),
I would take down to eye-clean S12 but I would need to buy from a trusted vendor (BN from what I know has lots of virtual stones so cannot see them beforehand) who could confirm eye clean to my standards or I would need to buy with a good return policy to see it myself. It would also need to be a “safe” inclusion for me.
Cut….well, I prefer old cuts which can have some rather wonky cuts and which provide character but if I was buying a modern cut stone, like an Ring Bearer, I would not sacrifice on cut. Cut has a tremendous amount to do with stone appearance, and even what size it faces up and appears to be. A poorly cut 1ct stone can be cut so deep so as to be smaller diameter wise than a .75ct, or can be cut so shallow so as to lack the brilliance that would have it look to be 1ct…the light leakage could have it looking less wonderful too (will appear smaller due to the leakage).
I definitely agree with checking out Pricescope, as well as Good Old Golds tutorials and videos!
Post # 12
I personally think the balance is somewhere in the middle… I havent got my ring yet, but the diamond is an E colour, SI1, good cut. It is eye clean and very white.
I would make sure not to compromise on the colour, which for me is the most noticeable difference in a diamond. But I wouldnt worry about the clarity as long as it is eye clean
Post # 13
@MsPoodles: I couldn’t agree with this more! I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I have chubby fingers. I need all the rock size I can to conquer this 9.25 finger! Whew! I would rather have something a little larger as I am a firm believer in proportion when it comes to jewelry, and I’m not a diamond connoiseur and most people I know aren’t either. This has become increasingly clear to me the more we look at rings in person, still searching for “the one”.
Post # 14
I guess I just like knowing that the diamond is of premium quaility… so my vote is I’ll take smaller.
Post # 15
I never even thought about this question until my fiance proposed and I saw my ring (from Blue Nile!). It is SO SPARKLY! Everyone comments on it. I really like that- it makes it stand out from other rings without being in-your-face blingy 🙂
Post # 16
At first I was like I want it to be big and blingy.. but when I compared the smaller better quality diamond (Colorless,Flawless) to the bigger flawed diamond… the small one BLINGED/SPARKLED and looked almost as big as the bigger size diamond. Everyone has their preference, I personally like the firey look of a quality diamond…even if that means its smaller.