Does the Diamond or Gem Color Clarity Chart matter to you?
When purchasing jewelry, will you pay a premium for jewels ranking higher on the CCC? Or are color and clarity just marketing terms that hold no value for you?
As a self-confessed jewelry junkie... yes, it's important to me, but with a few caveats:
1) GIA ratings matter. The rest are hokum. If you're buying a rated stone, buy GIA. For others, don't bother (or at least pay no extra)
2) I think most people "overbuy" diamond quality based on marketing hype and well-crafted "A Diamond Is Forever" commercials. Differences that by definition CAN NOT be seen by the naked eye are silly to pay extra for, just for "a diamond as perfect as she is."
3) The most important factor in diamond appeal is the least understood: cut proportions. I'd sooner buy a well-cut I clarity, J stone than a poorly-cut IF, D.
4) For stones under 1/2 carat (and really.. under 1 carat), it's really not that critical. The purpose of 'accent' stones is to create flash and sparkle, which any decent diamond will do. Paying extra to have "VVS, near colorless" .05 carat stones in running down the side of your ring is silly (except to the jeweler making the extra money).
Jones out.read more collapse
While personally I could care less, I think if your plan on buying jewelry that may be passed down to family, or wedding bands, go for it. Spend the extra money, the value of the good stuff only goes up most of the time. Consider it an investment. Jewelry is the most marked up retail item you can purchase, so make sure you get the best deal you can. My wife and I got our bands for under $200, with an original value of over $2200, by getting when a sale was happening, with associate discount, plus a coupon and used reward points we had earned. But make sure if you do spend lots of money, to get it appraised. There are a lot of shady jewelry dealers out there where you least expect them.read more collapse
it's a good starting point, but it can't take the place of seeing the stone in person.
for example, using the retailer's website, i narrowed the search down to 2 stones. one was internally flawless, the other was rated a VVS2. the price difference was about $1000. when i went to see the stones, the sparkle on the VVS2 blew away the IF by far. so, i saved $1000 and my wife got a stone that strangers still compliment her on to this day (8 years later),read more collapse
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