What’s more important? The diamond color or the clarity?
In my opinion, the question has already been asked incorrectly, as there is no absolute answer to it. It depends much more on what the diamond is meant for. In the following I would like to show with a few examples of how different relevant the color and the diamond purity can be.
Diamonds on engagement rings
Very often diamonds are mounted on engagement rings. Here it must be distinguished whether it is a solitaire ring or a ring with several diamonds. If it is about a solitaire ring, you should take care to take a diamond with a high-quality color, for example, E, F or G. Especially if the material of the ring is bright, such as silver or platinum, then the diamond reflects the material strongly. So, if the diamond should come from the category L, K or M, then the yellowish glow of the diamond would be very noticeable in contrast to the light material of the ring. If you take a golden ring, the color of the diamond does not play too big a role anymore, because the diamond will take on the yellow gold of the ring anyway. If you decide against a solitaire ring, so you should make sure that the diamond which is mounted in the middle is the one with the highest color quality, so that this is the first to catch the eye of the viewer.
When is the clarity of the diamond more important?
The differences between an FL diamond and a VS1 diamond are not visible to the human eye. However, the prices for diamonds, especially the VVS and FL categories, are increasing exponentially, as they are very rare. The clarity of a diamond becomes relevant if a diamond of too low a quality is chosen, where imperfections can be seen without magnification. This can happen with an SI1 diamond, according to the GIA, in 50% of cases imperfection is visible to the naked eye with SI1 and SI2 diamonds. So it is up to the buyer’s conscience to examine each SI1 and SI2 diamond carefully and see if small inclusions are visible. Apart from that, I don’t attach much importance to the purity of a diamond, if it is used for an engagement ring or a watch, for example, as long as the diamond has a purity of at least SI1 or SI2. This means that the purchase of a VS1 or VS2 diamond can be made without hesitation, VVS1 and VVS 2 diamonds are already considered to be absolute top class.
In summary, more emphasis should be placed on the color of a diamond. Diamonds of the color G-L can be well used for golden rings, the color D-G is suitable for light materials. The purity of the diamond should play a role especially when SI1 or SI2 diamonds are on the shortlist, as they should then be examined closely for visible impurities. If a VS, VVS or FL diamond is purchased, they will all look flawless on an engagement ring or watch.