Post # 16
- Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery
The way the diamond performs (ie: returns light & sparkles/looks clear) will depend more on the CUT than either color or clarity (to a certain point).
I’d go with a similarly sized diamond, still in the H/I range, but go down to a VS2 or SI-1/2 (make sure it’s eye clean– as in no visible inclusions). Also, if you get a lower color stone (H/I/J) with slight to moderate florsence, it can actually make it appear whiter.
I’d personally be more choosy and have the jeweler keep looking.
FWIW, I have a J colored stone (antique cushion cut) and SI-2, and while it does show some warmth, the cut makes it incredibly clear and sparkly–and most of the time it looks very white.
Post # 17
DrunkInLove : This is the only option we have given our budget. The jeweler has been a family friend since long before I was born. We would get this for half the price that it’s listed for. I’ve looked up similar diamonds and the cheapest I found was about $4500, and we’re still over a thousand below that with this deal. If I decline this ring to go up in color, i’ll be in the I2-I3 range and only around 0.70 carats. I’ve already looked at a few of those and I just cannot deal with the black spots and cloudy parts. I appreciate your thoughts though!
Post # 18
I have diamond specs close to yours. Mine is a .91 carat, I color, VS2, ideal cut in a white gold setting. There are some times where it is warmer, but it truly depends on the lighting and most of the time it looks white to me.
Post # 19
Hi, new here… My center stone is a .83 GIA I colored diamond. It looks very white to me, even with the side stones (g-h colored) right next to it I can’t see a difference.
Post # 20
camoandglitter : Beautiful setting!!!
Post # 21
Here is my I colored diamond in white gold 🙂
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Here’s my I in platinum — it looks warmest in my office where I’m surrounded by maple wood and yellowy lights. And from the side.
Post # 24
Sorry this is so large. Mine is a H-I.
Post # 25
When holding diamonds side-by-side, the difference in color will be obvious, but outside of the jewelry store I’m never holding my diamond up to other stones and it looks white 99% of the time. There’s a little bit of warmth in certain lighting but I don’t notice if often. I have a cushion, too, and they tend to show their color a bit more than rounds. I don’t think you’ll be so worried about the color once you’ve got it set and are wearing it. 🙂 The white gold may help if you are concerned though.
Post # 26
CaroAbb : Lovely, my SO has just ordered me a slightly small diamond but I colour. I prefered the warmer look and the light that was bouncing off of it because of the cut. I am having a rose gold setting so I hope it will all look pretty fab together.
Post # 27
I have an “I” on platinum and sometimes wish I had yellow gold, just because I thought that might make it look more interesting. Either way I’m happy with it and it usually faces up white.
I think yours is beautiful as is! But do what feels right for you.
Post # 28
Mine’s a J, so even more “yellow” than the I you’re looking at, and it always looks very white to me. The only time I can kind somewhat see a little warmth is when I’m looking at it directly from the side at eye-level (so basically only when I’m cleaning it). When looking at the top or at a top/side angle, it always looks very white and sparkly. Darling Husband wanted to make sure he got an exellent cut with few inclusions, so sacrificed a bit on the color to stay within budget…and I’m so glad he did! It’s the excellent cut and symmetry, as well as few inclusions (VS2), that keep it so white and radiant looking despite “only” being a J.
Unless I missed it, you didn’t mention the cut or symmetry of yours. I think as long as the cut is excellent with near-perfect symmetry, an I will suit your needs just fine! The cut is definitely the most important part in how clear and sparkly your diamond will be, more so than color or even clarity. Without a great cut and symmetry, it won’t reflect light as well and the yellower color will be more noticable. An I color is not bad, and VVS2 is great, so my concern would be that the reason this one comes in at such a reasonable price might be that the cut isn’t that great. As I said, my J VS2 is white and sparkly! Do yourself a favor and look into the cut before making a decision. I’d prioritize cut/symmetry and then perhaps move down to a VS2 I or J to try to keep it within budget.
Post # 29
TheGridMonster : gorgeous! Where is it from? I am looking for something similar.
Post # 30
erica234 : thanks! From Tiffany. Happy hunting!