Post # 1
I have seen plenty of polls about average carat weight here on the Bee, but I have not seen a poll regarding color or clarity.
This will pertain to diamonds only (I’m very sorry to be exclusionary to the other ladies). What is the color of your diamond?
As always, feel free to post a picture with stats!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
1.08 ct I VS2 XXX. Very happy with it and its stats!
Post # 3
I wanted bigger and was so willing to go down to M (i knew I wanted a yellow gold solitaire so no biggie) as long as it was 3ex but when my FI looked a stones at the Jewelers he “fell in love” with the icy colorLess ones. i realized he was right the smaller F makes me happier then a larger M (but we could have met in the middle!)
Post # 4
Keep in mind that not everyone’s diamond has been graded by the same lab. GIA and AGS are more consistent with their grading. EGL USA and EGL International have been known to be inconsistent and off by up to 3 color grades. So you aren’t really comparing apples to apples. Someone’s EGL G might really be a GIA J.
Post # 5
SgrPlum12: It is true, GIA and AGS are more consistent, but EGL has been known to get it right too. I have used both labs for various stones.
I am not a gemologist, so I have to go with the paperwork I have. IMHO my stone is a G. To me it looks like a G – the papers (EGL) states it’s a G – so I am going with….G. lol
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
GIA E. We had a deal in that I chose (designed) my setting, and Mr. LK chose my stones. That way we had equal say in the ring, really making it a reflection of our priorities, and some of it was still a surprise to me. It turns out that Mr. LK is very color sensitive, and the “colorless” stones were the ones that appealed most to him. I’m not complaining. 🙂
Post # 7
.90 Cushion J color. We were looking at this and a 1.20 cushion. I really like the bit of warmth in my center stone.
Post # 8
I don’t trust EGL graders at all. Someone showed me a diamond, and the EGL paper it came with. It said No Fluorescence. I took out my loupe with the black light attached and voila! Faint-medium fluorescence. If they can’t get that right, there’s a lot more that they can get wrong.
The funny thing about color is how much more expensive it is as you go higher up the list. I don’t think warmer diamonds are unattractive at all, they’re just more common than a D colored diamond. I could have gone substantially greater in size if I hadn’t gotten a D color RB. But I already had an H color and I wanted to see what all the colorless fuss was about lol.
Post # 9
I know that I have only received a small sampling so far, but I really thought I’d be seeing a classic bell curve with the responses. That isn’t the case.
Keep the responses coming, please!
Post # 12
Somewhere in the K-L-M range. We are taking it out of this setting and sending it to GIA for grading before putting it in a new setting. its def a warmer stone but you can barely tell!
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I don’t remember the exact letter but mine is colorless (D-F).
Post # 14
I don’t really get the ‘warmth’. Only time I’ve heard this term is yhe Bee, and everytime someone here says ‘but it has no warmth’ or ‘I love the warmth’ I can’t figure out what is meant by warmth and it makes me feel stupid. I see a cloudiness, or a yellowish tinge, is that what people mean by warm?
Mines and F, as are the side stones and band.
Post # 15
TheMrsTulip: L is the last referring to a white diamond. Once you pass that you enter grading for a colored diamond.
Iwork in the diamond industry and have seen nearly every grade. They all are beautiful shades. Except I for some reason I cannot get past the shade of the I color. Not the clarity I.
Now if you want to include color for gems like sapphires etc you do aaa, aa, a, b, c. I haven’t worked with lower than c as people usually go lab created at that point. This grading includes colorig and clarity for gems.