Post # 1
Hi everyone! My boyfriend and I have started looking at diamond rings and I’ve just recently learned about the 4 Cs, etc.
I was wondering what is the minimum color grade you’d wear?
I didn’t realize how color sensitive I was until I saw an I color side by side with a D color but I also don’t feel that I’d need a D, especially since it wouldn’t be within his budget.
Post # 2
tamosaur : Mine is an “F” color, I wouldn’t want anything below it.
Post # 3
G/H is my fav… I like how they go a little warm-greyish looking in certain lightings 🙂
Post # 4
I have an I colored cushion cut solitaire and I alsolutely love it. Sure, if you compare it to a D it’s going to look warm and not as white, but on it’s own, I cannot tell.
Post # 5
I have an I. I can see the color in it, but it doesn’t bother me. There’s a difference between being color sensitive and being bothered by color. I would have loved an F or higher (at first that’s what I thought I wanted), but I didn’t love the price difference. Some people say they can start to see color in an I. I can easily see color in an H, so to me it wasn’t a big leap to go down one more color to get the size that I wanted. G-J are all considered near colorless and all face up on the white-spectrum if they’re well-cut.
Post # 6
A lot of factors come into play with diamond colors. Different cuts show color differently (a round brilliant will hide color vs. an emerald, etc.). Size is another factor, as a 2 ct diamond graded I in color will show more color than a .75 ct I graded diamond of the same cut. And when getting into lower colors, there is greater variance within each color grade (high I vs low I, etc.). Also make sure the diamonds you are viewing are graded by GIA. Uncertified diamonds, diamonds graded “in house” or by other labs (EGL, IGI, etc.) are known for being softer and inconsistent in grading (an IGI graded H will likely grade I or J had the diamond been certified by GIA). And well cut diamonds usually face up whiter than those that are not-so-well cut ones (even those graded as “GIA ExExEx”, some are still better cut and have more complimentary angles). Basically, the “4 Cs” just scratches the surface of diamond knowledge. If you want a crash course, head over to pricescope…lots of great info and helpful folks on the rocky talk message board. GL on you diamond shopping journey!
Post # 7
We decided color was our least important C.
I have a J. I love it.
Post # 8
Mine is an F. Like you, I am color sensitive.
I found clarity is a GREAT way to save some money! In my opinion, there is NO NEED for a flawless diamond. (Mine isn’t even eye clean). I went for an SI2, but the prong covers the main inclusion.
Post # 9
I am also in the color sensitive boat and I love my F colored diamond!
Post # 10
harlequinade : This is exactly what you do.
Of course you can afford a D color stone….it might just be smaller or of less clarity than a G color diamond. It’s about compromise. Start with what bothers you least.
Post # 11
tamosaur : Boyfriend and I checked out Round Brilliant diamonds in the 0.9-1.3 range, one of the G stones hit me the wrong way but I’ve considered that it may have been the salesperson trying to upsell us and showing us a J.
I like DEF stones, he was looking at F. We are looking at platinum settings, so we want a colorless stone.
Post # 12
Thank you so much for all your responses, they’re all helping me a lot! I didn’t realize how much there was to learn about it all. I believe clarity will be my least important C. Then after that I’m still trying to figure out which C comes next.
I guess the only way to really know is to look at a bunch of diamonds.
Post # 13
tamosaur : *not ring bearer, round brilliant
Post # 14
I have an H and I honestly don’t think I’d consider anything higher than F. Mine looks colorless 95% of the time.
Post # 15
downonmulberry : oh lol! I really thought that was a type of diamond haha oops