Diamond color

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
3906 posts
Honey bee

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tamosaur :  it will depend on the dimensions of the stone.  If they are both cut well, then probably not.  But if one is cut deep and one is cut shallow they can look different

Post # 18
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

In order of importance, I put the C’s as:

Cut -> Carat -> Color -> Clarity 

I rank clarity last within reason.  I ended up with a VS1, but I would have been ok with going down a couple notches as long as it was eye clean. 

Other people will rank them differently because it’s all personal preference.

Post # 19
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I think it also depends on what shape diamond you are looking for too. Some hide clarity well, some hide color we’ll and some hide both welll

Post # 21
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I have a J and honestly sometimes wish I had went lower 

Post # 22
23 posts

My diamond is J because my ring setting is rose gold. It is a waste of money to buy a whiter diamond for a yellow or gold setting because it will obviously look warm. Personally, it’s more important cut, clarity, and the right size, you have to feel comfortable.

Post # 23
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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harlequinade :  J-k is actually my favorite diamond color. I like that this color range gives off a bit of rainbow (and yes, a really well cut diamond will give off color in some lights). I also find the J color to have the most depth without bordering on yellow. 

Post # 24
52 posts
Worker bee

Color was least important C to us. We had a pretty strict budget and my bf wanted the highest carat. I convinced him we needed gia triple excellent, cut over size for me. A poorly cut D/IF doesn’t matter much. And well cut can hide color and inclusions. So from the triple excellent, and acceptable carat size for him, within our budget was j and k’s. I was ok with S1 clarity but found a VS2. I agree with others clarity, as long as not making diamond cloudy or eye visible, can also be a compromise. 

Post # 25
441 posts
Helper bee

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ponyrider :  my stone also has medium blue fluorescence, so she’ll even show up as blue on sunny days.

I honestly never thought about color meaning more depth. I just love the way my well cut diamond shines. I had never got to stare at one till he proposed.

Post # 26
2147 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My stone is an M. It’s closer to a vanilla color, but I love it. It’s also an old European cut, and I feel like the older, chunkier stones throw off some gorgeous light/rainbows in a warmer color. 

Post # 27
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Do you think that an L colored OEC would look good in a white gold setting?

Post # 28
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

I’m really color sensitive. I ended up 

compromising on clarity and went down to an SI1 (and with our budget we probably could have gone up in size more if I had picked an I-M). I have an F. It’s really white still, I didn’t need a D but anything below a G I noticed. It’s really a matter of personal preference. Some people love the look of warmer diamonds. Some people are bugged by seeing a ton of inclusions under 10x magnification. Some people just want a larger carat stone no matter what the specs. I wouldn’t compromise cut though if it’s a round brilliant. Make sure you get at least a GIA XXX. 

Post # 29
791 posts
Busy bee

Seeing two diamonds of differing color next to one another is going to be noticeable no matter what. You’ll hardly, if ever, have your ring next to another unless you’re seeking out comparison. That said, I chose a J because my setting is rose gold and as a pp said, it’s silly to waste money on a higher color in that instance. I love the warmth of my diamond and I think it makes my setting look even more beautiful.

As far as a 1.51 va 1.53 carat- no the difference is negligable. What you really need to focus on when choosing between two stones with such a close carat weight is the dimensions. The 1.51 could face up better than the 1.53 because of that. This goes for any stone- carat weight matters, but it’s not the end all be all for how big a stone looks on your hand!

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