(Closed) H Colored Diamond

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think H color is perfectly fine and will look very white.  The only time you’d notice a difference is if you put it up next to a DEF, and thats probably never happen.  I’d maybe try to get a better clarity though if the flaws in the SI3/2 are very visible or look at more stones since there is such a huge range even within each rating.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@futuremrsdunc: Are you set on going with that jewler? You can often get higher quality diamonds at a better price if you go through a wholesaler or online retailer.

What cut of stone are you looking for?

I searched adiamor.com (where my ring came from) and found a 1.1 c radiant cut G color and VS2 clarity for $3,800

Or a 1.2c cushion cut H color and SI2 for $3,700 which leaves you over $1,000 for the setting.

We had very good service from them and I they have a good return policy if you don’t like the stone when you get it.

BlueNile.com is another good place to look.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think mine is around an H, and I love it. Outside, my ring seems very white, sometimes in bright sun it almost seems to have a blue-ish  flourescence. Indoors it still seems “white” to me. Honestly though, I didn’t mind if my diamond wasn’t the perfect color becauseI think it gives it more character and it’s more unique.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@pinkshoes: I agree.

I think you should try for a higher clarity as SI stones contain defects that are often visible to the naked eye. When you get into the VS range you need to magnify to see the defects.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Honestly, I would worry less about the color and carat weight and more about the clarity. I’d think SI2 and 3 would have pretty noticeable inclusions, which would bug me.

Personally, I used to be all about carat weight and I was convinced anything less than 1 carat would never do. Once I saw smaller diamonds on my skinny finger, and what Fiance could comfortably afford, I changed my mind. Fiance really wanted to get me a decent quality diamond, so I have a G color VS2 (as I recall) that’s only half a carat and I love it.

To answer your question, I think an H color will be fine. My G color looks plenty white and sparkly, so an H can’t be too different.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

H is a great color!  It’s still near-colorless.  What color setting will it be in?  The stone can absorb the color so a colorless stone in a gold setting may still appear slightly yellow in some lights.  Ask the jeweler for an “eye-clean” stone.  I have an eye clean SI1 I think and theres two itty bitty carbon spots you can only see if you’ve got it right next to your eyeball and I like it because it has a “signature.”  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’s in the near colorless range so it shouldn’t matter too much unless you have it up to something white or compare it to another diamond.  i personally do not mind warmer colored stones. My original e-ring is D color and I have another that’s between a E-F.  I also have earrings in H range.  I can tell a difference but I would need to put them side by side. 

If you’re considering S2/S3, I actually have a princess cut over 2cts in the E-F color that I’m thinking about selling for under 4k. It’s been worn about 4 times. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have an H color diamond and it looks totally colorless to me! I also have an SI2 and I examine my diamond veeeery closely all the time and can’t see a thing. Once you get into the SIs you really want to make sure it is eye clean, but if so, I don’t think there’s any reason to go up in clarity. Now, cut is what you really don’t want to to skimp on!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with PP, your color is fine. You should find yourself a grading scale and see the differences. H is near colorless, I have an H and it’s perfect. The problem is the clarity of stones you’re looking at, which there’s nothing wrong with that, but SI 2-3 have more noticeable inclusions.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Nicoley1985: I think it’s a combination of clarity and cut that leads to sparkle. I have a cushion cut stone that is internally flawless and I’ve never seen another diamond sparkle like it.

But, there are only small incremental differences between the clarities. Unless you are looking at step-cut stones (ascher or emerald) in which case clarity is VERY important because any imperfections will show.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I agree with your jeweler! To me, going lower in color is a great way to get more carat weight for your buck. What kind of setting are you going to get? The only time H might not look white is when it is placed up against a super colorless stone. So, if you’re getting a halo or sidestone setting, make sure there isn’t too much color difference between the center/side stones.

 

As for the clarity, not all SI2s are created equal. I have a completely eye clean SI2 in a right hand ring. Some SI2s would have very visible inclusions, though. The difference is really in the cut. If the stone is cut well, it will shine, look whiter, and appear to have better clarity. Just my two cents.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I only have a .5c ring, but my clarity is awesome and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I believe mine is VS1, and the color is H. I also think that it being a round brilliant diamond really adds to the sparkle! By the way, my jeweler told me that when they are cutting diamonds, they always try to make them round, and if they mess up, they make them into the other shapes. My Fiance really wanted me to get a princess cut, but after our jeweler told us this, he quickly changed his mind! That’s why rounds look more sparkly (to me, at least! Of course that all depends on the clarity tho!) But for me, the clarity was the most important thing. My ring is sooooooo sparkly, no matter what the lighting, people ask me all the time if it is real because of how much it sparkles! But, if you want to go for the bigger diamond and less clarity, it will be gorgeous too! It just depends on what is the most important to you in your ring. I also recommend that you go to a wholesale jeweler. We got my engagement and band for 2,400 and it is insured for 4,700!

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@futuremrsdunc: Ah, rounds tend to be more expensive. The largest round I can find is a 1.1c SI2, H color for $4,990 which doesn’t leave much room for a setting.

I’m just searching “loose diamonds” on their site.

If you are at a wholesaler I think you are probably in good hands.

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