Post # 1
First-time poster here. My boyfriend recently approached the subject of ring shopping with me and I’m looking for a little inspiration.
I love the idea of a warmer colored diamond, possibly set in a halo of white diamonds or a three stone, but I’m having a hard time finding real-life photos (other than the ones I’ve been drooling over from Diamonds by Lauren). In particular, I’m interested in S-Z colors (or others with distinct yellow hue). Any bees out there with photos to share?
Post # 4
I hope she doesn’t mind me posting this, but the user claireos has a gorgeous warmer colored diamond in a halo setting. I’m sure you can find a picture of it here somewhere! It’s one of my favorite rings on the boards.
Post # 5
@MrsWBS: Awww 🙂 You just made my day. I had the WORST day back at work and just popped on here after getting home and saw that. Thank you 🙂
If you don’t mind, I’m gonna dump a couple pics for reference. We’ve received 2 appraisals listing it as a S-T color and one listing it as a fancy light yellow. Odd enough that the conflicting ratings came from 2 GIA people. I will say that I wish it was more yellow and at the S point it becomes a very odd stone. In some outdoor lighting and in jewelry stores and grocery stores it lights up like a bright lemon. In other environments you can barely see the yellow and it comes off almost white or cream. So if you want something more consistent I would absolutely recommend trying to find something as close to Z as possible or go fancy if possible.
Post # 6
I just did a little research and Bluenile has ALOT of fancy yellow diamonds, but I wont lie was put into a shock at the prices!! http://www.bluenile.com/diamonds/fancy-color-diamonds?filter=FY&pageNum=7 something to check out as they seem to have a lot of options for you!
Post # 7
@claireos: Was going to mention yours as well, have always loved your ring!!
Mine is actually a K, though we originally fell in love with an M. I’ll put some pics below, it’s so hard to capture the warmness, but the halo stones are around a K color as well, and it’s unplated white gold, giving the whole thing a warm look. Definitely check out Pricescope and if you’re at all interested in antique stones, I highly highly recommend Adam at Old World Diamonds. Give their site a look. They’ve got quite a range of colors, shapes, sizes – he’s got a great eye. I’ve seen some of DBL’s work in person, it’s really beautiful as well.
Post # 8
@Heartly: Thank you. 🙂 You got to see DBL’s pieces in person?! I’m so jealous. Pictures never do anything justice and I’ve always wanted to see one of his rings…on my hand. 😉 I love how unique your halo is. I think it’s the first ring I’ve ever seen like it. You guys did an amazing job with it.
Oh, I’d also like to point out that one of the lesser promoted benefits of buying in the warm or yellow but not quite fancy yellow range is the decrease in cost per carat. Industry wants you to either have a perfect white or a perfect yellow (which are both gorgeous) stone but it leaves out a whole slew of stones that are gorgeous, ignored, and due to “unpopularity” significantly cheaper. Just a quick note. If you already knew, please ignore me. 🙂
Post # 9
@claireos: +1 same with the cuts if you go with a “less popular” cut you can score a Fantastic deal!! thats what we did with my emerald cut!! Love your center stone reminds me of melted butter….mmmmmm……
@Heartly: WoW I just LOVE your undipped white gold I had no idea you could even have that!! I love the warmpth and the antique feel it gives the ring. I am putting that idea down for a RHR or an anniversary ring, LOVE it!!!
Post # 10
Found out yesterday mine is a K. i knew it was somewhere around a J because i can definitely see the yellow in it in specific lighting. But then in other lighting its more white. It definitely does have that warmth to it, which i actually like instead of the stark white you see with other stones.
Post # 12
This is definitely one of my favorite rings I’ve seen browsing for warmer diamonds:
I scrolled through much of that site’s engagement ring section, and there’s some awesome stuff on there. Also, I know there’s a website where you can design your own ring- so you can pick different stones and stuff in various settings: http://www.shaneco.com/WeddingClub/Default.htmx?icid=HP_WidgetQuarter3_Aug2012WeddingClub_Image
Post # 13
@claireos: Thanks!! I’m very happy with it, gotta start thinking about our wedding bands. I actually popped by to see David at DBL one day (was around the corner from my office at the time), made an appointment with him. I saw a few things I was interested in, most were very beautiful, the pave work was very precise (I’m no expert though). I didn’t end up deciding to work with him because he really didn’t give me any of his time during the appointment. And I understand, he’s really an online retailer, and that’s fine. But it wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted to things without being rushed.
@MissXray: Thanks! I love the gold, it’s pretty cool. And the plus is that you can always have it rhodium dipped if you decide you want that crisp white color (though I don’t think I ever will). It really changes color depending on your surroundings, out in the sun it looks much more yellow and the diamonds look crazy white, inside the whole thing just looks sparkly and warm. I’m thrilled with it.
Post # 14
wow…these are seriously gorgeous. You ladies are opening my eyes to a whole new spectrum. Heartly, your ring is amazing. There is something so delicious about these colors. They bring to mind salted caramel or buttered rum. So warm and dreamy.
Post # 15
@Havaneseluv: Thank you! That’s the effect I was going for 🙂
I also forgot to +1 Claireos on the $$$ saving comments, but yes, it’s unreal how much money you can save if you don’t want a super white diamond (or even if you really like white diamonds, in the right setting a J will cut it). A quick search on James Allen, looking at cushions in the same carat and clarity as mine – mine was about 1/3 the price as what I saw there. I went with antique because I prefer the chunky facets, and I love the warm colors. Definitely not for everyone, but certainly worth considering if you have a big imagination and small bank account 🙂
Post # 16
Keep the porn coming, ladies. I am a BIG fan of warm diamonds. Love, love, love them!! Yellow diamonds look lovely in a white halo. That subtle contrast is drool-worthy.
Here are some pictures of light yellow diamonds. The top left one is from Lang Antiques (http://www.langantiques.com/) –the others, just images I found on the internet.