Post # 1
I recently joined after lurking for a while and I had a question about skin tone and diamond color. I am African American and have a medium brown skin tone. I wear yellow gold jewelry and have expressed an interest in being involved in the engagement ring process because I’ve never worn a ring before and I want to try things on to get a feel before wearing something forever. So I have a few questions-
1) Do you think a colorless diamond against a darker skin tone makes the diamond appear more in the G-J range, due to not having a fair back drop?
2) Do you think a darker skin color can make a near colorless diamond appear more white due to the contrast?
My research tells me that GIA grading is done on a white backdrop so any color in the stone can be seen, but jewelers display diamonds on a black backdrop to make them appear more white and stand out. Just wondering if this happens on the skin as well.
Post # 2
Given pictures that I’ve seen, I personally think diamonds stand out brighter (look whiter) against darker skin tones.
However, you will most likely still see color in a diamond if it’s past an I color-grade (though this depends on your color sensitivity-I’m very color sensitive and can see color after F).
The appearance of the color of a diamond also depends on the metal of your ring setting (whiter diamonds should be set in white gold or platinum whereas you can get away with warmer diamonds in rose gold and yellow gold-a colorless diamond will look slightly warm in warmer metal colors).
Hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 3
newbeegirl : Thank you so much for replying! I’ll pay close attention when actually shopping, but in my mind I plan to stay in the G-H range, but I was curious about other thoughts.
In the same way a colorless diamond might appear warm when set in warm metal I’m curious if a colorless diamond appears warm when worn against darker skin.
Post # 4
npcps : Of course! I’m a medium skin tone and my F colorless diamond still looks very clear and often ice-y cold, which I love (set in white gold though). The color range you’re looking at should still look quite near colorless even on darker skin tones. I believe the metal setting has a larger impact an the appearance than skin tone, given that it actually surrounds it…but definitely always go in person if you can 🙂
Post # 5
npcps : So interesting what you said about black backgrounds in jewelry stores. Makes so much sense.
I echo other bees – I think the metal will make the most difference. I knew I wanted rose gold so I was able to go down to a J color and it looks strikingly white and clear in 80% of lights.
Post # 6
This is interesting and I’ve actually never given much thought to it. I imagine the stone would pop more against a darker skin tone and you might even be able to get away with a lower color grade and up the clarity/cut. Plus if you do it with yellow gold, a buttery diamond is just scrumptious.
Post # 7
When my husband and I were shopping for diamonds, I absolutely thought that my skin tone made a difference. We ended up going up to an E.
Post # 9
From what I have noticed dark “backdrops” bring out whatever color the ring has. Like blue flourescens/t (whatever it is called haha) or yellow hues becomes more visible. 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks ladies for all your feedback!
I will hopefully return to this post with pictures of different diamonds on my skin for reference in case it can help anyone in the future.