(Closed) Carat VS color

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I too will say color is very important to me. I am color sensitive and although in outdoor lighting you can’t see much of the yellow, in indoor lighting (like malls and restaurant lighting), I can def spot a more yellow diamond. Color mattered a LOT to me because i never wanted to look at my diamond and notice a yellowish tint. So yea, I’d go with a smaller but whiter, icier diamond. 

Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I went with a J color diamond to get a larger carat, but it also has excellent cut and clarity which were essential for me if I was going with a J. I am color sensitive and can see some slight color at certain angles, but I actually don’t mind because I prefer slightly warmer colored diamonds. It’s all about personal preference and what matters to you most!

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Bigger the better to me. I’d go with the K diamond as color isn’t much of a concern for me, as long as it sparkles and is pretty.  I honestly can’t tell the difference in any of those pictures, haha. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - The Summit Country Day School Chapel/The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors

Here is my K! The jeweler said it’s probably closer to a J though. I looked at diamonds that were higher in color grade but they were almost TOO white. I love the warmth it has (when I see it, which isn’t that often) and it sparkles like no other!

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

For a modern cut round brilliant, I would actually prefer a G-J range. I am very colour observant, but also very colour tolerant in that I prefer some warmth usually over colourless (D-F). I’d very readily go for an I/J with excellent light performance (AGS 000, or a GIA XXX with great HCA and idealscope/asets) for a bit more size. More size with a poor cut is just a waste.

That being said, all colours to me have a place! I have an antique cushion halo ring that has a K centrestone (appraised in setting so likely 1-2 colours even lower) and I love the warmth. It is even enhanced by a whiter halo (H colour). Sometimes it looks quite white (it does have some fluoro, as well) other times it looks more like antiqued lace. Old cuts to me just look wonderful in lower colours, and I would even love a a chunky U-X OMC. I also have an art deco dinner ring with an icey white colourless elongated marquise and colourless sidestones and I love it, too. For me, it all depends on the stone, the ring, the style. Colour is important to me, but not in a way that is usually taken to mean: that a higher colour is necessary. 

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

By the way, I DO disagree with your jeweler that no one ever wishes they went smaller! I have known a few women over my years on a few ring boards who wished for a little smaller (though it more commonly the reverse!) I have personally learned through trial and error 8mm+ round stones are too big for me. I did wear a non-diamond 8mm for years but often wished for a bit smaller. My sweet spot for a round shape, for lifestyle, comfort, and appearance, is more a 7-7.5mm (1.25-1.5ct). My ring size is a 5, too.

So, if you really did like the H best, and thought it performed best (not all GIA excellents are really excellent for light performance) I would easily go for it. A 1.7ct is a very generous size, In My Humble Opinion. Don’t feel pressured to go lower in colour for bigger size if you want a higher colour, or like the H best.

Keep in mind what kind of light you prefer too. My whiter stones (H+) definitely give off more brighter white flashes of light, whereas my warmer stone gives off more subtle pastels/colours (still some white, but not as much!).  This may even be part of why you preferred the H.

Post # 22
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Helper bee

 i went with higher clarity over higher color, because honestly anything I and above is going to face up white. I have an VVS2 I Strong blue floresence and mine is white!!!!! i see no yellow. IMG_2019

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I personally would not go for any of those stones except the H, because they the is very easy to see and makes the stones look yellow to me. I am personally very color sensitive. If the color doesn’t bother you, then I think that you should focus on how much light they refract and how brilliant they are based on the cut. I think that the bottom 2 stones  do not appear to give off as much light. I think that there are lower color stones that can look amazing in yellow and rose gold, but cut/light payoff is super important to make sure lower colored diamonds shine. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee

I have an I color diamond. I am incredibly color sensitive and I do not notice any warmth in my diamond. If I hold it up really close to my face and look at it from the side, I can see a slight warmth, but it is very slight. It is a triple excellent stone that performs very well and we are very happy with it.

I would choose the stone that appeals most to YOU visually. Everyone has a different opinion re: color and none of them are right unless they are right for YOU. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I wouldn’t go below and needs color personally I think the H has everything you need for a 5 1/2 finger and it’ll give you enough coverage if you’re really worried about finger coverage add a halo to it. I know you want yellow gold right now but what if 10 years you want to celebrate your anniversary and change your setting and get platinum you’re going to see that yellow! 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

I’m not sure what order the stones are in- but, to me, the bottom one blows the top two out of the water. The cut and performance look waaaaay better. I’d get that, regardless of color. 

 

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Now that I am on a bigger screen than my iphone – the smallest stone, the one at the bottom, blows the other two out of the water in my opinion. Even aside from colour, the cut is WAY WAY nicer looking on that one, and the light performance as best can be judged in that photo looks much better. Ideally you should have idealscope or ASET images, but I am comfortable saying it is going to perform way better than those other two. The top one looks messy and like it has tons of leakage (which will also make it look smaller).  I do not like the cut of it at all. The middle one looks in between the two, but still looks like it won’t be a great performer.

 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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@blushingbride0708  always go for a GIA STONE…. Does the jeweler have an I color stone? i think thats meeting in the middle and it’s a good color for rounds and i think you’ll be satisified.. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’d go with that H. The cut looks beautiful. The biggest one there is no bueno.

And the jeweler’s definitely just trying to get you to drop more $$$ with that TV comment. My ring is just over 2 carats and I often wish my Fiance had gone smaller. 

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