Diamond Question

Nov 23, 2009
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Hello,

I've been learning alot about diamonds from you guys here on this amazing forum :biggrin:

One thing I couldnt get though, which is more important? color or clarity? (if I have to compromise one, which way to I go?)
I understand, cut is king, and ofcourse carat. But clearing this thing out for me will help alot!

ETA: one more thing please! what is the minimum clarity for a ring to be of a good quality?

Thanks :smile:
 
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Bagaday

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IMO each diamond is so individual that you could actually 'play' with the color/clarity factors and end up with a stunning diamond. I would not go below an SI2 IF it's certified by a reputable cert house - GIA being the most stringent. Color, sometimes, you can go as low as an "I" and still have a diamond that does not pull any warmth/color. The cut will have impact on how the diamond will present itself (as you already know). Best of Luck!
 

Bag*Snob

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Color is only important to the purchaser. Everybody likes different colors so only you can determine that. For clarity, you can go to SI1-2 as long as it is eye clean.
 

ahertz

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For my tastes I prefer SI1 or better and I color or better. I don't think one is more important than the other, it's a balance that you're looking for.
 

Swanky

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There's no right or wrong on this one. Both are about equal to me, I don't need the best of either but wouldn't choose the lowest either.
I'm happy around H or I color and VS2 and SI1 clarity.
 

surfergirljen

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For my tastes I prefer SI1 or better and I color or better. I don't think one is more important than the other, it's a balance that you're looking for.
Yup! They always say the better the cut, the less you'll see flaws... so if you get a great cut that reflects back tons of light, it'll make it brighter and even lift the colour!

I agree - as long as it's eye-clean and well cut, I think an H or I is fine!

For me colour is more important. :smile:
 

missD

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Color is more important for me. I would go as low as Si2 if it's eye clean. No one walks around with a loupe attached to their neck to inspect your stone, but if you or your girl or anyone else around her is color sensitive, you'll get comments like "hmmmm is it a tad yelloooowww???"
 

ame

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for me I can't choose one. Assuming ideal cut I'd go maybe with h or I,even j. Clarity I'd prefer vs but even si2 if it's entirely eye clean.
 

Contessa

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I think this is a difficult question to answer.

You can have an "N" color, with a VS2 clarity, but if properly CUT can look more like an "I" VS1. I don't mind a lower color IF properly CUT & CLEAR. (mind you, I still feel that the colorless ones are AMAZING- I've had an F & currently own a G....I wouldn't go lower than that)

So, all 4 C's compliment one another in my opinion. While the IDEAL cut is preferred & most important aspect of the diamond, color is very subjective but clarity will give you that hypnotic look.