Earlier this week I posted this story with a video showing reactions to 2 diamonds of different quality and clarity grades. The point of the video was to show that the average person can’t tell the difference between most color and clarity grades as long as they are reasonable. This, I said, backs the advice that I give so many readers to focus on cut and then go with the lowest quality diamond that will be eye-clean. As I say on my diamond clarity page – once a diamond is eye-clean it can’t be more eye-clean. By “upgrading” from a clean SI1 clarity to a VVS2 clarity you are literally spending thousands of dollars on something that will never be appreciated.
Several readers wrote in asking if I know what the diamonds that were used in the video were – as a matter of fact here are the links ot the 2 diamonds used in this video demo:
1) A 1.01 carat H-SI2 diamond – https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.01-carat-h-color-si2-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-4455390 which sold for $5500
2) A 1.11 G -VVS2 diamond – Diamond is no longer available at the website, but it was very similar to this one: https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.11-carat-g-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-4824480 which sold for $13,500
Can you see the difference? Is it worth almost $8,000? You tell me.
(Courtesy of Ira at TAD)