What's the highest color diamond you'd use as center stone

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll:
    D/E : (22 votes)
    27 %
    F : (5 votes)
    6 %
    G : (12 votes)
    14 %
    H : (12 votes)
    14 %
    I : (8 votes)
    10 %
    J : (15 votes)
    18 %
    K : (5 votes)
    6 %
    L-Z : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    1233 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My diamond is an heirloom from my mother so I really didn’t have any say. It’s 1.09 carats, J color, VS2, ideal cut with strong fluorescence. Honestly, only at dawn and dusk do I ever see any warmth and I actually like it. It faces up a bright white most of the time though. I’d rather have a warmer diamond and get a larger carat but that’s just me. I think the warmth of diamonds adds character. It really comes down to person preference. 

     

     

     

    Post # 4
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    3372 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1997

    IMO, it very much depends on the setting and the stone. There are “high” Js and “low” Js, and, of course, a white metal setting can sometimes make as stone appear less bright, as can higher coloured melee. A GIA excellent cut, AGS 000 or a good HCA score can make lower coloured round stones face up brighter, as can blue fluorescence. 

    But ultimately I really think it depends on the individual’s eyes. Some people are very colour sensitive, so going below a G might be a huge mistake for them. Others might not see the colour in an I or J or even lower. And, as I mentioned, the setting can really make a huge difference as well. My stone is a GIA I with an excellent cut and HCA score. It is set in YG, and I rarely see any colour in it at all. But my choice would certainly not be right for everyone.

    Post # 5
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    2061 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would only consider diamonds between D-G. Initially, I thought I would be ok with an H, but the warmth from the G to the H was considerable, especially since I have a cushion cut diamond and they show more color. 

    Post # 7
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    3372 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1997

    You won’t know until you look at lots of stones and compare one to another. There is no way to guess what you will like or how much colour you will see until you actually look at stones. Have your jeweler bring in stones for you to see and to consider and go from there. Be sure to take the stone/s you like into natural lighting to get a different perspective, too. Most people know when they look and compare stones which ones speak to them and which don’t (for whatever reason – colour, cut, etc.).

    Post # 8
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    2535 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Cummins59:  I love your ring! I’m looking for a new one since i lost mine =[ and I can’ t find anything I like but I LOVE This!

    Post # 9
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    1021 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @WineryBride14:  do you mean lowest color?  i would go up to a D obviously but as low as a G

    Post # 10
    Member
    650 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    J center stone:

    @Cummins59:  I also have a J and never see warmth. Color is subjective, but quality still means a lot. I’d take bigger and warmer. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 11
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    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I saw a J in person and I was really color sensitive to it- it looked really yellow to me in natural sunlight.  I would personally prefer a G and up.

    Post # 12
    Member
    1263 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

    I am very color sensitive, so I’d choose between a D-F and no lower. I have a pair of 1ctw diamond studs, ideal cut and VS2 clarity and I can really tell that they are J even on my ears. If I weren’t color sensitive, I might go lower. I believe I rememher from ring shopping that Tiffany doesn’t carry below an I color.

    Post # 14
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    5483 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Washingtonian:  Haha that’s what I thought too. OP — oops I voted wrong in this case. I wouldn’t go below an H, but that’s just me. If you set the stone in a warmer metal I think you could go further down. (I have a G if it matters).

    Post # 15
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    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 1994

    My engagement diamond is E color, a wedding gift from my late MIL. I love it of course but I actually am fascinated by warmer colored diamonds as well, as long as they’re excellent in cut and clarity, I think those are the key players (for me anyway).

    Post # 16
    Member
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    Ideally I’d go from D-H, but I am willing to go down to I if the other specs were really good and it’d make a huge difference to size.

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