When looking to buy a Diamond ring you're faced with a tricky question. What is more important Colour or Clarity?
The reality is it's a personal opinion. It's what you feel you'll notice more, or what you feel affects the Diamond more. There's no right or wrong. However, you're probably not reading this to get a simple 'whatever works for you' answer. So let me give you my theory on what I feel is important to a Diamond.
First set a budget set a budget then you can assess more clearly the Diamonds that you're capable of buying. The bigger the Diamond the more expensive it becomes. The better the colour and clarity the more expensive it becomes. Think of this like 3 switches; Carat, Colour and Clarity. To keep it cheaper you can only have two switches on at any time. For a rough comparison you could get a D Colour, VVS1 Clarity at 0.45 carat without breaking the bank or you can also get a 1.00 carat, E Colour, I1 Clarity for similar money. With the first Diamond you're not focusing on the size of the Diamond but on the colour and clarity. On the second Diamond you're focusing on a larger Diamond with a good colour and a low Clarity.
If you find yourself in the market for a large Diamond with a lower budget you may have to sacrifice Colour or Clarity. In my opinion Clarity is the least important. This is; I feel because unlike the yellow hue that a low Colour grade will deliver, Inclusions in a Diamond can resemble pepper grains or slight scratches, these Inclusions are minuscule and can be very hard to see. They're usually at their most visible on a loose Diamond and under magnifying glasses and brighter lights; pretty much the conditions when there being graded at one of the many international Laboratories. Once a Diamond is in it's setting it can be even harder to spot these inclusions.
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