(Closed) diamond specifications….. HELP! To J or to I???

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: would it be noticeable

    Yes! get the I or higher

    No! doesnt matter!

  • Post # 17
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I hope this answers your questions!  2.13 carots, VS1, princess cut!  Go momma go!

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee

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    @kansas_nurse:  It sounds like you’ll be okay since the other diamonds will be small. Post pics soon! Smile

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The cut is awesome and that’s what you really want to worry about. I had a J diamond ring once and it looked pretty white to me.

    Post # 21
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    It looks like your ring might be from BlueNile??? If no their colours are find are better then most. I have an “I” from BlueNile, and I compared it with the “I” in Jewellery stores and mine is much much whiter. In fact it was appraised as an “H”

    Post # 22
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    i don’t think there would be much difference between I and J, but I voted for I or higher, but if cut and clarity is better in the J I would go for that

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    COLOUR – One of the 4Cs for Diamonds (5 if you count Certification)

    The chart for colour is as you know organized alphabetically.  What you may not know is sometimes those classifications are looked at from a “solitary” perspective, and sometimes they are grouped.  For example…

    D – E – F = Colourless

    G – H – I – J = Near-Colourless

    M – K = Noticeable Colour

    N – Z = Distinct Colour

    When it comes to bigger stones (say Feature Diamonds) in your setting one typically goes for the most colourless Diamond one afford, as well as Quality in the cut.  It is Colour and Cut that gives a Diamond it’s sparkle.

    When it comes to smaller diamonds in a setting that features a lot of smaller stones… then cut and colour become less of a factor (as does the other Cs as well to be truthful… Clarity & Certification)

    With Certification you KNOW what you are buying as everything is documented (be it the Feature Stone or the Setting) … without Certification and you have no real proof.  In some cases a Ring will only have the Feature Stone Certified.

    A setting with a multitude of diamonds will sparkle strictly because of the quantity of stones (so a lot more facets in a smaller area)

    For my own E-Ring… The entire ring is Certified.  I have a Feature Stone in 3/4 Carat range, that is a Good Cut, F Colour and SI Clarity.  The 46 others stones in my setting (baguettes & rounds) are all in the 0.03 to 0.10 size and the Near-Colourless Category (meaning they can range from G to J stones).

    Honestly, I cannot see enough detail in each stone… they just read as a mass of glitter… and highlight my Feature Stone perfectly.  And I certainly don’t notice a difference either in regards to their colouration… I’d say if anything they make my Feature Stone all the more stunning.

    Here then a picture…

    Hope this helps,

    PS… In my case, we bought a Round Brilliant Canadian Diamond as the feature Stone (the 6th C = Conflict Free).  And for us we sacrificed a bit on Clarity (SI vs VS or VVS) because ultimately even in the SI category the flaws aren’t usually visible to the naked eye (need a loop with 10x magnification).  However, with a Marquise Stone, Cut & Clarity are BIGGER ISSUES than Colour … You do not want a stone that has a prominent “bow tie” effect.  Something to bear in mind.

     

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I would sacrifice the clarity & size and get a higher colour.

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee

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    @Sparklydelitebride:  Oh – agreed. I should have mentioned that my ring is rose gold. I think if it was white gold, I’d be able to see the color contrast.

    Post # 27
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t think you’re going to see that much of a difference between the two. 

    Post # 28
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I would sacrifice color for cut. The better the cut, the higher color the diamond will face up anyway.  Besides, your stone is already going to look slightly different than your accent stones anyway. Accent stones are so small you can get them in pretty much any color within reason and they will still look whiter than white. Unless you get an ideal cut D, it’s going to look slightly different

    Post # 31
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Best Bang for your buck is understandable… I think it is ultimately what everyone wants when they shop for a Diamond (figuring out how to balance the Cs in an equation that works for each person)

    As I said, I’d be most concerned with the “bow tie” effect for a Marquise cut stone.

    Here is a decent article about that = http://www.solstardiamond.com/articles/bowtie.htm

    And because Diamonds are SO PERSONAL, a substantial investment, and something meant to last a lifetime, this is also WHY I would NEVER buy one sight onseen.

    Hope this helps,

     

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