What is most important: Cut, Clarity, Carat, or Color? I want to go as big as my budget can handle without giving up other important factors. The only way my untrained eye can differentiate one diamond vs another is through size. But, i don''t want to completely ignore the other C''s and then end up regretting it in the future.
In regards to clarity, cut, and color.. Is there a certain low point that one should never cross? I.e. J-L, SI3-I3, Premium Cut...
Of course if money wasn''t a factor i''d splurge in all categories.. But since I’m limited w/funds ($10k max), i was wondering if to the naked untrained eye, certain imperfections could be unnoticed. Also, do any of the C''s help retain the value more than other C''s?
Thanks you all in advance!