I saw this necklace on blue Nile and thought it was cute but then I noticed the diamonds are I1 clarity and wondered how much that will affect the look/sparkle of the pendant, given the small size. Any advice or thoughts would be much appreciated.
I personally would not buy a diamond pave necklace where the diamonds are I1 quality. This means that the inclusions will most likely be visible to the eye- including possibly black carbon spots. In such a small diamond ( well, most large diamonds,too) the inclusions in an I1 will affect the sparkle considerably. These diamonds will probably look grey and lifeless IRL.
I'm curious too. What's the clarity on a Tiffany of a similar style?
I always thought Tiffany's benchmark was I color, VS2 clarity.
PurpleLo, you'd have to see it in person. I think I1 might be passable because the diamonds are so tiny and since it is a pendant, there is less chance of banging it against a hard surface and possibly cracking the diamonds where the inclusions are. I have an eternity band where it is G color and I1 and while it is bright, the diamonds at times look like cracked ice to me. I ended up cracking one of the diamonds because the inclusion was close to the surface.
I gave a gift of a I/I1 diamond pendant once, it was 1/10th of a carat but it looked very brilliant to me.
So it depends on where the inclusions are and how it looks to you in person.