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I'm just wondering if we are to look at an ideal cut diamond with the same carat weight, would you recommend someone to get a better color ie G over H or choose a VVS2 over a VS1? In other words, does color or clarity have more impact in the value of the diamond?



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If won’t get into what is more desirable because this depends on what you consider to be important but all other things about the deal being equal, changing color from H to G will usually cost more than changing the clarity from VS1 to VVS2.


You can use the link at the top of the page titled ‘find online jeweler’ to get a pretty good feel for how these things relate. Choose a set of parameters and do a search, then change one parameter and do another.



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I think it's more important to know where the diminishing returns are. Around SI1/VS2 is where getting higher in clarity doesn't make much of a difference in how it looks but makes it cost a lot more. And around F/G in color is where going higher in color isn't going to make much of a difference but will cost a lot more.


So it depends on what you're looking at. If you're looking at stones that are G color and I1 clarity, you will want to put any extra money in something that is higher clarity. For J color and VS2 clarity, you will want to boost the color. If F color and VS2 clarity, then you'll want to spend any extra money on getting a better cut diamond and/or higher carat weight. In fact cut will come before both color and clarity in most cases since it has the most impact o it's brilliance. A well cut diamond can make it look more white and more clear.

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