Diamond Color and Skin Tone

posted 1 year ago in Rings
Post # 2
1027 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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 # 4
1027 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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
6190 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
236 posts
Helper bee

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
152 posts
Blushing bee

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
55 posts
Worker bee

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. 🙂

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