(Closed) Let’s be honest about color, does anyone honestly notice in everyday situations?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Would I take time to scope out someone else’s ring and assess the color? Probably not. Unless I was really, really, really bored and had nothing else to do.l Would it bother me if it were my own ring? Absolutely, because I stare at my ring an obscenely ridiculous amount of time and love to play with it in the light. “ohhhh…. shiny.” LOL

Post # 4
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’ve never noticed a difference in any e-ring I’ve seen!

Post # 5
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

No.  I usually just notice the sparkle

Post # 6
1529 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I dont think that i would notice the difference on someone elses ring unless it is either really noticable or if they told me. As for myself, my first ring was an j and was a very gray color and i was always concious about it but others thought that it was beautiful.

Post # 7
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

It’s really hard to tell the difference between diamond colors unless they’re right next to each other. I don’t think anyone can tell if a diamond is “more white” just by looking at it on your finger.

When we were shopping for engagement rings, we went to Tiffany’s and I tried on a few rings. We were thinking of getting and H or I colored diamond. Color was probably the C I was most willing to skimp on a bit. Clarity, Cut and Carat were more important to me.

Post # 8
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Not me, I never notice the color.  I know it’s one of the ‘Cs” but tbo, I mostly just notice the sparkle. And to me, they all sparkle! This also remeinded me of how before I got engaged I used to always have to be reminded of what hand the Ering was supposed to go on b/c I could never remember so I’m sure there are many rings I never even noticed. I do notice them more now though 😉

Post # 9
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Back when I first got my engagement ring I was showing it to my mother’s friends and they specifically commented on the color of my diamond (E) and remarked about how much brighter it looked.

Now, I know that many people do not notice diamond color. Especially when there is nothing near it to compare it to. And that is not a comment that I receive all the time, but I did want to thow that out there. My mother’s friends are big jewlwery people. They are knowledgeable and did notice the difference.

Post # 10
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t notice.  I think I’d feel odd if I was staring at a friend’s ring closely and intensely enough to say anything except “Ooooh!!  Sparkly!!!!”

Post # 11
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I absolutely could tell a difference between a D-colored diamond and F- and G-colored diamonds (all of which are considered to be colorless) at the jeweler’s when comparing them with each other while I was trying to choose my center stone.  I guess I am just very sensitive to color. However, I do not think that I could discern that difference in regular (non-jewelry store) lighting without having a D-colored diamond right next to the other diamond.

What DID surprise me, though, is that there is a woman I know who has an absolutely gorgeous wedding set that I have often admired from afar. We happened to be seated near each other at an event, and she took her rings off to show another woman at our table who had removed hers to show the first woman. I asked the first woman if I could see her rings, too, since I always thought they were so beautiful, and when I put her rings on the end of my ring finger, with my rings already on my hand, I was surprised to see that all of her stones — even the small ones — looked very yellow next to my rings. I would never have perceived that difference if I had not seen our rings right next to each other like that.

Post # 12
5170 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I can’t in a “wow, that is an H” way. Depending on the way the stone is mounted, at certain angles I can certainly see a warmer diamond versus a colourless diamond (looking at the body, it is much easier to see differences than face up!). Face up, I can maybe figure out a range by going by whether I don’t like it that much (too white/colourless) or whether I like it more (near-colourless) or whether I REALLY like it (warm). I prefer much warmer stones myself, so am sort of colour-sensitive in the opposite way I guess. Too little colour and it is not for me! So, in that sense I can likely know whether something is in the colourless range, or the near-colourless range, but no I cannot give a grade. It will be more like, hmm, that is colourless?

There are some people I have met or come across though who swear they can tell whether a stone is an E, F, G, H and that kind of thing. And who knows, maybe they can and are super coloursensitive and just know their diamonds very, very well! I am actually inclined to believe there are people who can tell as I know I am personally sensitive to ones that are too white, so why not, and I know a few people have traded say a H for a E or D as they thought the colour was too visible for them.

 I will say though, that cut really has a part here too. A very well cut round for example will face up whiter than its grading. An antique stone will often show more of its body colour, as will step cuts.  It is, as others have pointed out, also much easier to tell if you have other similar cut/sized stones nearby of different grading! Further, the metal it is set in can either make a diamond look whiter, or warmer, even if that stone itself is the opposite….so there are plenty of ways that I am sure I am also way off even my own guessed ranges!


Post # 13
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My Fiance and I did a lot of research before he bought a stone. So the one thing that I am aware of, and have noticed on other people’s rings is when a stone looks yellow-ish in certain light. This is even more noticeable for ‘fancy’ cuts, which is pretty much every cut besides a round.

Post # 14
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I don’t notice– and I’m a graphic designer who has a very keen eye for color.

when my ring looks warm, it’s usually because of the lighting.  

Post # 15
1323 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Nope, can’t tell. We went to the jewelry store to pick out my diamond, and all next to each other, the D, E, and H all looked the same until they showed us the color test. In the end, we picked the H because clarity was more important to me. It looks white to me.

Post # 16
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I notice color, but only because I love rings and jewelry and I would call myself somewhat color sensitive. A girl in one of my classes got engaged, and she went on and on about her huge diamond and how long it took her fiance to pick out her diamond and all the compliments she gets on her diamond… etc. A girl asked her if she pefered warmer color stones to whiter ones (as it was yellow enough to be noticeable against the white metal, but not yellow enough to be “fancy”), and she got all flustered and changed it to “it doesn’t MATTER what color it is, I know that my fiance loves me and it’s not about the ring anyway!” She also said it was a “vee vee ess eye” so I guess color is where they compromised.

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