Post # 1
I’m recently engaged and trying to select a center, oval stone. I would like to get the largest stone possible for our budget, but I’m not willing to sacrifice cut. I’m wondering how warm you personally were/are willing to go with your stone. When I tried on rings briefly I could tell that a J was warm, but an H looked colorless to me. I am wondering if an I would be noticeably warm? I will be choosing a platinum setting with sapphire and diamond sidestones (average I colored diamonds in the setting).
Post # 3
I was in the same boat as you, and color was the C I was comfortable with compromising on. I told Darling Husband to look for an H-J stone and get the best cut, carat, and clarity he could afford from there.
He ended up choosing a 1.05 carat (larger than I was anticipating), J VS2 diamond with medium blue fluorescence to help offset some of the warmth.
I don’t have the ring yet (it’s an “upgrade” from my original ering in that it’s more practical to wear every day) but here is a professional pic of the stone:
Post # 4
I have an M that I love, but, personally, I prefer warmth only in certain cuts- cushions, OMC, OEC, older cuts. Warmth just seems to look natural in older cuts. If I didn’t want color, I would go J or higher.
Post # 5
Not a fan of warm diamonds (or warm colors in general), so I’d go as cool as I could afford.
Post # 6
Completely agree on not wanting to sacrifice cut– you will never regret getting the highest quality cut possible! To be honest I could tell the difference in color after G, especially when holding the D and H side by side. That being said, mine is a solitaire set in platinum with no sidestones, and I’m not sure how the sapphires could affect how the color looks. You might want to ask the jeweler if the sapphire stones will reflect the light differently and possibly make the diamond look warmer or cooler!
Post # 7
I wouldn’t go anything below a J, I want my diamonds in the near colorless range, since I doubt we will ever be able to afford a colorless diamond! LOL
Post # 8
Ovals show more color than rounds. In a round i would go up to a J, i have an I color. I would sitck with and G,H in an oval and VS2, SI1
Post # 9
Totally depends on the cut of the stone. I have an M antique style cushion, but in an oval I probably wouldn’t go lower than I, maybe H.
Post # 10
@fingerscrossed: since ovals have a large face, they show warmth and inclusions a lot more than cuts such as a round billiant. I have a thin band i wear on my right hand, and I can easily tell the diamonds are much warmer than the ones on my e-ring (which are Fs, btw)
I would definitely see it in person, since each one will look different and the other C’s obviously have an impact, as does flouresence. If you don’t like warmth at all, I wouldn’t go further than a G. But as I said, it may look great in person!
Post # 11
@fingerscrossed: I would go see stones in person if you can. I haven’t seen an I, but H looks colorless to me in the earrings I have. Obviously the bigger the stone, the more obvious the color.
I think H is the warmest I would go, even though I adore yellow diamonds. I basically want my white diamonds to be white and my yellow diamonds to be yellow.
A hint of warmth can look very nice, though… but you’d have to see in person.
Post # 12
Depends on the stone. If it’s a step cut (Emerald/Asscher) I’d go to about a G. If it’s a regular round/princess/pear/cushion/oval/etc. then I would go as low as I. If it’s an antique cut stone I’d be happy to go all the way down to an M.
Post # 13
@starla: My diamond is a J and I absolutely love the color of it. Here is a picture:
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Post # 15
@starla: Thanks, I love it. I can’t wait to see pictures when you get your ring. Be sure to post some.
Post # 16
For a round brilliant, GIA F… I didn’t like any more warmth.
I can tell the diff between F and D, but just barely. G I start to be bugged by the slight dinginess, but I would have gone down to it if neccessary to keep cut, clarity and absence of fluorescence maxed out. H makes me somewhat unHappy. Less than H and it’s “light yellow” to me. I have a round brilliant so I may have been more anal about color for another cut, not sure.
I like my metals warm and my diamonds ice-cold!
As for your diamond, it’s your choice! just make sure to get it out from under those trickster jeweler’s lights before you decide. I have stood on many a sidewalk with a nervous jeweler bedisde me, lol! But standing near a window works often, too. I have also gone with them to the storage room for normal indoor lighting, lol! Jewelers donlt like to show their diamonds in these lights because it makes problems with them more visible than their special lights. Esp daylight. But gorgeous stones continue to look gorgeous in daylight too. So if you love your diamond in daylight, that’s a great sign! Also remember it’s ok to be anal…you’re being ask to make a decision from a few minutes of looking about something you plan to wear and stare at for the rest of your life!