(Closed) D versus E color, can anyone tell?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yes, it is hard to tell the difference. 

Post # 3
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

If you have them right next to each other, you might be able to tell.. but as soon as you look at them individually, you won’t notice a difference at all. 

Post # 4
2350 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

No one will be able to tell the difference

Post # 5
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The only way the most “sensitive to color” person ever would be able to is face down or from the side AND if they had different very slight tone in the E.  Even then I would think it is a stretch (especially when mounted) to the naked eye.

Post # 6
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

No one would ever know

Post # 7
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Nope not once it is mounted.

Post # 8
5268 posts
Bee Keeper


Post # 9
1580 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I certainly would never pay the premium for a D colored stone over an E, there is no appreciable difference at all.

Post # 10
1277 posts
Bumble bee

I can’t tell the difference between D and G let alone D and E! I think mine is an I and theres not a hint of yellow in it anywhere. Only someone who works with diamonds would be able to tell.

Post # 11
3396 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

First, let’s assume you are talking about two stones graded by the same reputable lab (GIA, AGS). It would be nearly impossible once the stones are set in their mountings. But on a plain white background, upside down, in the right lighting it would be possible. Maybe lol. I am extremely color sensitive, which simply means I can differentiate between minute differences in color. I find diamonds in warmer colors to be quite beautiful. I have a D color diamond in one of my rings and from the side you can really see how white it is. I have an H color diamond in another and it’s not difficult to see the difference between the two.

Post # 12
2581 posts
Sugar bee

You can only tell the difference if you are an experienced gemologist looking at diamonds under a special light where the diamonds are placed on a white background, are not set in a ring and are viewed upsidedown (with the pointy bit sticking up). 

I have really good colour vision and I can’t tell the difference between a D and a G.  Most people won’t be able to tell the difference between a D and an I once a diamond is set. 

I’m going to show you a photo comparing D coloured cubic zirconia set in a silver earring with a G coloured diamond set in yellow gold.  The photo is taken on a cloudy day in Scotland at about midday.

Post # 13
68 posts
Worker bee

Gemologists grade color by flipping the diamond upside down on a white piece of paper and then compare it to “guide diamonds” which is a set of diamonds in each color grade. So, as long as your diamond is right side up and mounted in a setting, then nobody can tell the difference. If it is a excellent cut round diamond, even a jeweler would have a hard time telling the difference between a D and an F.

Post # 14
3042 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I don’t think you’ll be able to see any yellow at all in anything G+ with the naked eye.

Post # 15
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014 - Lizard Island, Australia

jolieqe:  I don’t think you need to worry at all. E is very very white. I have a GIA F colour and mine is very white. I read somewhere once that delending on your preference it’s good to go for something F and lower as D and E is like looking into a lightbulb. It’s so white you can’t appreciate it. That probably makes no sense I can’t remember exactly what it said, it wasn’t fact just someone’s point of view but it always stuck with me 

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