questionsdoes the diamond or gem color clarity chart…


As long as I don't see any issues with the naked eye, I could care less. When I bought my wifes ring, I just picked the stones that looked nice. I did the research to make sure I wasn't getting ripped off, but it didn't matter either of us.


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.


To me, no.

To my wife, YES.

I upgraded the diamond in her engagement ring for our 5 year anniversary, but since it had a minor occlusion, it bugged her and before it could be set, she used my upgrade money to get another diamond. I couldn't even see the occlusion, but it mattered to her.


No, because I'm too poor for jewelry. Both for myself and to buy for others. I think people who make a big deal out of these kinds of things look (and sound) like Thurston Howell III or Lovey.


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),


As @eepeep said it may not matter to us, but to the girls it does. And when they look at that finger you don't want them to think of anything else but the diamond. Bigger is not always better.


having just bought a diamond myself, I'll tell you as well -- see it in person.
It's fun to look at it under the scope and do color analysis on them, but if you can't tell in person....well, maybe go with the less expensive one.
I could still notice a difference between the diamonds (about $1000 difference). I was able to have him drop it about $400, so I went with the nicer diamond -- well worth it.


I only need to know two things:
Is it a real diamond?
Is it big and shiny?
If the answer to both is "yes", it's a done deal.


Having lost the first stone (one carat round) from my wedding ring (well, there was a crack in it, we replaced the stone with a better one, then had the original reset so that I could wear it as a necklace and I lost the necklace), I'm happy with QVC's Diamonique. grinning

Ran into an old friend and was wearing my two carat Diamonique solitaire with two wedding bands on either side and he commented on my "rock". His wife designs jewelry and even when he looked closely at it, he had no idea.

Losing a hundred bucks worth would never hurt as much as losing that first real diamond. I'm reluctant to wear the real stuff now.

But then, I don't have kids to pass this stuff down to, so thoughts of "my kids will be able to use it" don't influence my choices.


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.


Depends on the cut style, quality of cut, number of occlusions, and mounting that the stone is in really. I've never been able to notice that earrings were any yellower for the most part, but on a engagement ring that mostly faces "up" I can tell.

At this point I've stopped buying diamonds though. Now I buy my wife pink sapphires instead.


It does matter a lot to me if a diamond has occlusions visible to the naked eye, is off-color, is not well cut. I would then rather have a cubic zirconium or a "cultured" diamond (those are fairly expensive too). Why spend a lot of money on something that does not look as well as a substitute. And, who really knows. I have some really good jewelry and some truly junky, funky stuff, and I get compliments on the latter all the time.


I love jewelry. I do miss our old friend @catbertthegreat, who was very knowledgeable, and would often show up and provide commentary on various jewelery deals. He also posted quite a few himself, back in the day.

Quality is VERY important to me, but as @kcjones99 points out, the cut is very important. I often buy a ring or ping because the diamond is an Old European cut, which appeals to me. The size of the gem is usually the very least important thing to me. I have pins from the late 1800s that have very tiny diamonds, but they are very beautiful.

GIA is important. I care about color very little (other than thinking that irradiated diamonds are a fad that is simply used to hide poor quality gems), and as long as the gems in a setting are the same quality, and the same color, I'm happy.

I'm with Lorelei; diamonds are a girl's best friend.