Calling all 'I' colour diamonds!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have an i colored diamond and barely see any difference.  First pic is out in the sun second is indoors. We ordered it from blue nile without seeing it first and I thought I would hate it but i actually wound up loving it. I dont wish it was whiter at all.

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Post # 3
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

Mine’s an I color diamond – I absolutely love it! My SIL has a D color diamond, and I found I prefer the warmer tone of my diamond, especially with white gold. Here’s a photo of my ring in sunlight and in the fluorescent lighting in my office:

Post # 4
722 posts
Busy bee

I have an I and I feel it could easily pass for a G.  I don’t see any warm tones in my ring.  Now, of course, if you put a D next to it, then I’m sure you will see a difference when you study it.

I think it’s all in the cut.  If you get a truly excellent cut, then you can get away with lower color and clarity grades and not see a difference. 

Post # 5
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mine is an I. I barely notice any color. But i’ve also never put it next to a higher color graded diamond. But I love mine 🙂 (sorry, the pic isn’t the greatest, but in person it’s beautiful)

Post # 6
1911 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

I love my “I”. I barely notice any warmth. Occassionally in bad flourescent lighting I can see a slight tint from the side. It’s also noticeable if I put my diamond next to a higher color one. All in all, I have no regrets with the color. I think “I” color is a great way to pay less and still have a white diamond.

Post # 7
4346 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Mine is an I. First, I have a friend (living in TX) who has a diamond over 3 ct set in platinum, and hers is an I. I had never seen anything except blinding white off that diamond, even set in white metal. So when DH wanted to upgrade my ring for our 15th anniversary, I knew I could go “lower” in colour than I otherwise would have thought. Mine is a 1.71 ct diamond and GIA certified I. Perhaps it is because it is set in yellow gold, but I’ve never, ever second-guessed the colour choice.

Post # 8
2119 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My ring is I color, it’s stunning in person.


Post # 9
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

nellezilla:  For comparison, I have a GIA cert J. I thought it might be helpful to compare to the next color “down”. I agree with jamb – it’s all in the quality of the diamond. Mine is triple-ex and VS1, and I think that’s what makes the difference (mine has no fluorescence). If you’re color-sensitive, as long as you’re buying a GIA diamond (they are strict on color) I think you’ll be happy with an I. 

I hope this is helpful! 

Set against a white background – my FI’s ring on the left is also GIA cert J, triple ex, VS1:

Indoors at the grocery store: 

In  sunlight: 


Post # 12
814 posts
Busy bee

nellezilla:  Here is mine! I love it! I don’t notice any color at any angle. No flour–the light in my office and car made it look blueish!


Post # 15
4346 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

GIA and AGS are much stricter on colour than EGL. The odds are good that on a GIA I you will not see much colour, especially with a high clarity. It is amazing how a less than ideal cut and sometimes inclusions can change the light play in a diamond and make it appear less bright/white. If you have spoken with Blue Nile and expressed your questions about colour, I doubt they would send you a diamond that did not meet your expectations. I spoke with Blue Nile repeatedly, and they told me more than once that a certain diamond was not “eye-clean”, or did not have ideal light play. They didn’t try to steer me towards a more expensive diamond, just a diamond that met the expectations that I had.

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