Post # 1
Ok, so recently my Fiancé and I found an engagement ring at a local jewelry store that we both really liked. It’s a simple 1/2 carat round solitaire with a SI2 clarity but the color is J. The price is right for us, being that we are both broke colleges students. My question is, is J a bad color for the ring or is it still ok? The sales woman said it was still a good color and that since the stone is a really good round cut we shouldnt be able to see any cloudyness or yellow. In the store the stone liked really brilliant and clear, but I haven’t seen it in daylight. Should it be ok?
Your replies would be greatly appreciated and I would love to see any pics of your J rings!!!
Future Mrs. Riley
Post # 3
@Future_Mrs_Riley: The SI2 clarity would worry me more than the J color. This means the stone is likely to have some sort of visible inclusions (that’s what causes “cloudiness,” not the cut. I would want to know where those are and what kind they were. My stone is SI1 but it completely eye clean – it was important for me to thouroughly check that out before purchasing. Cut is the “c” that has the most to do with sparkle, so I would definitely confirm that it’s an ideal or excellent cut.
I think color is just a judgment call/preference thing — different people have totally different thresholds for color. As long as YOU like how it looks, color shouldnt be an issue. I would definitely want to see it in various lights before making that call though.
You may want to check out online sellers like blue nile, your money will often go further than it would at a brick and mortar store. you maye be able to get a half carat stone with slightly better stats all the way around for the same price.
Post # 4
@polyblonde: wow I typed the wrong thing haha. Sorry it’s a vs2. It’s definitely eye clean in that department. I’m just concerned about the color. Thanks for the advice. I’ll look around Online and see what they have to offer!
Post # 5
Hello there! Unfortunately my iPad wont let me post a picture, but…
Try to get them to show you the diamond outside too. Also, look at who graded the stone. GIA is the strictest.
I have a 1/2 carat SI1, I colour, very good cut. (Very similar diamond) Mine is set in a halo, and the surrounding stones are matched. (SI 1/2 and HIJ colour range.) Each individual stone is different, but I am totally in love with mine.
I pretty much never see any colour in my center stone, but I LOVE the odd time I see it. J is a fine colour! If you can see any colour, it makes it look softer and candle lit. I absolutely love this part of the colour range! Sometimes I almost think an even lower colour would be awesome. All this said, J still falls in the near colourless range and you might never see the colour.
If you end up not liking it long term, you can always upgrade the diamond later. But that would be personal preference. The diamond sounds absolutely lovely to me.
Try searching old threads for ‘warm diamonds’ or ‘J colour diamonds’ There are some really cool pictures that you can find that way. Google it too.
Post # 6
@Future_Mrs_Riley: haha well that’s totally different then!! It definitely should not be cloudy in any way! Definitely see it in some different lights, and if the color bothers you take to the internets 🙂
As for me, I was able to notice a bit of color in J diamonds, but not in every light. when next to whiter diamonds, the color becomes pretty apparent to me.