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schlomster

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I have been searching extensively at my local jewelers (who don''t want to show me 000 stones) and online, and am having trouble deciding how to chose which stone to buy. I have settled on super ideal stones from superbcert, but am wondering how much impact the difference from a D to H in color, or VS1 to SI1 in clarity will make in a super ideal stone? Has anyone seen comparisons side by side? Help...I''m losing my mind!!! (and my vision from the hours spent evaluating Bscope, HCA, megascope analysis online!)

Thanks.
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oldminer

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Depending on your personal taste, ability to see, and room lighting you may see nothing different between an H SI1 and a D VS1 of the same diameter. Then again, you may be one of the "lucky" or "less fortunate" who can detect a little or even what they consider to be a great difference. That is going to cost you some money.

How about an F VS2? I doubt you could tell and it sure is not D VS1 in pricing.

Just adding one more layer to your confusion. Please forgive me.
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Hest88

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The clarity difference will depend on many things, including the size of the diamond. However, clarity, IMO, is the least important factor as long as it's eye-clean. The cut is what impacts the beauty the most.

In terms of color, I found that the ideal cuts mask color really well, even side to side, face-up. That said, the normal person isn't going to notice that much of a difference between a D and an H even in a non-ideal stone.

If you're buying for a woman, and you know she wants the most bang for her buck (as opposed to the kind of woman who just *likes* knowing she has a better quality stone even if it's not visible), then I'd for the best cut, largest, H-color, eye-clean diamond I could.
 
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