H colored diamond?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@bbsoon2be:  I have had an GIA H color diamond and I liked it but I would not go below an H. I am color sensitive too. But you won’t know till you see it in person if you will be able to see it or not.

I currently have a G in color, which is not far off from H…(1.02, VS2, Celebration cut)

Post # 4
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@bbsoon2be:  I have H color earrings and I don’t detect any warmth.

Unless you’re very color sensitive or a trained gemologist, it’s hard to detect color in an H. It is in the ‘near colorless’ realm. Most people can only see color in H if it’s right beside a D-F, I believe.

I probably wouldn’t go lower than an H, but I’ve seen even Js with no visible warmth. Best to see the stone in person I guess.

Post # 5
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


Mine is a H. The first picture is the most yellow I have seen. It was under my yellow office lights with yellow walls. In general, it is like an ivory dress. It looks white unless it is next to white. 

Post # 6
3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Keep in mind that cut makes all the difference in the world — a well cut diamond will always face up whiter (and brighter, and bigger) than a poorly cut stone. Calling “very good” cut very good can be deceiving — I’d recommend an excellent/ideal cut stone if you can swing it. You’ll notice the difference.

Post # 7
9218 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

My center stone is G-H, whatever that means (somewhere in between?).  The side stones are D.  Now that I know, I can tell the difference sometimes if I look really closely.  But it wouldn’t have occurred to me otherwise, and I’m positive that no one else would ever notice.


Post # 9
3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@bbsoon2be:  That changes everything! You may know all this already, but cut grades don’t mean anything for fancy cuts like radiants. They’re basically arbitrarily assigned grades. You want to look mainly at facet patterns and (if you can get it) measures of light performance like ASET.

In terms of color, radiants tend to “hold” more color than other shapes, which is why you’ll see a lot of fancy yellow diamonds cut as radiants because it enhances their color. I think H is probably still fine, but if you’re color sensitive as long as you’ve seen the stone in different lighting situations and love it then you’re good to go.

Post # 11
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine is GIA graded. 1.03ct emerald cut VS1, H color. These aren’t the best pics, but I have never detected any warmth.

Post # 12
4954 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Mine is an H. When we were picking out stones, I had an E, an F and this H one all next to each other. Even outside I really couldn’t tell much difference. (we ended up chosing this one because it had better clarity)

Post # 13
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lolot:  I can’t see any difference in your side stones and center stone. They both look the same color..

Post # 14
52 posts
Worker bee

I think it really depends on the diamond and the way it reflects light. I have an I colored diamond that I never notice yellow tones 

Post # 15
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@RDH0513:  I have an I too and don’t notice any yellow tones either. 

Post # 16
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

In a fancy cut I would go no lower than H- I have a cushion and I opted for D eye clean si2 as I hate tinted stones. You need to work out what aspects are important to you, you could drop a little to vvs or even vs 1 and go higher on colour. Can you see the diamond before you buy? does the company have a returns policy?

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