I beg to differ. In a GEM stone, cut comes first.
Sounds like clarity, with color running a very close second, was the
determining factor of your story. Without the clarity I doubt you
would have been so interested in the stone. The cut doesn’t make
that much difference with a heavily included stone - sow’s ear Vs
silk purse thing. Certainly cut plays a very important part in
pulling everything together and showing it all to its best advantage,
The argument over which is most important will never be solved since
everything must be taken into consideration as a whole.
When talking diamonds, one of the first things asked is the size
(carat weight), then second is clarity. If the color isn’t
attractive, the stone will not very likely appeal to as many
customers, affecting value. The last is the cut, although it does
enter into the equation, since it can be corrected.
When talking colored stones, everything changes a bit. Color becomes
very important as well as clarity. The carat weight is a final
determining factor affecting price. The cut ties it all together.
Then again, what’s really important depends on whether you’re buying
Still, cut does play a very important part. Afterall, a rough
diamond, or any other colored stone, just looks like a rock until a
skilled cutter gets through with it.
Just my two cents’ worth. Curious, if someone offers me a penny for
my thoughts and I give that person my 2 cents’ worth, where does the
change go? Reminds me of that Superman movie with Richard Pryor.
But I digress.