(Closed) Please help! Color or size?

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
3610 posts
Sugar bee

I really doubt you’d be able to tell the difference between an H- and an I-graded diamond with the naked eye. If it’s otherwise what you’re looking for, I wouldn’t let one color grade throw you.

Post # 3
2882 posts
Sugar bee

If you’re color sensitive, I wouldn’t go with an I. Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem with an I diamond, but it doesn’t sound like it will be to your taste. You said you were unwilling to go down to SI1 – I would recommend you at least check out a few SI1 stones which are eye clean before ruling it out. That way you’d be able to get the size you want in a higher color grade (maybe an F or G). But really the best way to tell if it will bother you or not is to see it in person.

Post # 4
9481 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Since it’s a cushion and you “would hate to see warmth” then I’d probably go up to an F.

But definitely see if you can get a variety in to look at. But don’t compare them side by side to make your decision. 

Post # 5
1602 posts
Bumble bee

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roguesoul:  Personally I wouldn’t have a problem with an I colour, I own a J coloured heart shape. But that’s down to everyone’s personal tastes and I’m assuming you prefer the icey White. There really isn’t much difference between a H and an I in colour wise and plenty would still find a H too warm. Heck, I’ve even seen a person comment on here that a G and F is still too warm for them! 

I would recommend seeing this stone in person to determine what you think of it. Is it a GIA graded diamond? Personally I find that each stone can look different with its colour and is important to see it in person, as well as try and see it in different lighting like outside if you can. I would also recommend that you look at different colour graded stones in person, see where you start feeling bothered by warmth. The lower the colour grade you can go, the better the price will be for it. 

Post # 6
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’d go for size. I personally like a little warmth.

Post # 7
854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I agree with The GridMonster. You should probably consider an F if you are color sensitive and getting a cushion cut. If you can look at the stones with the setting in different lighting that should help you make a choice.

Post # 8
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You literally wont notice a difference size wise. If color is that detectable to you, then size down for the best possible color.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by  leahsullyjohn.
Post # 9
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

I’m color sensitive, too, and would probably go for the F. you’re lucky to have such petite fingers – any stone you pick will look lovely. 🙂

Post # 11
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Cushions and Radiants show more warmth than any other shape. If your color sensitive, I wouldn’t go with the I. I knew I wanted a very white stone so anything below and H was a no for me. I ended up with an F. 

Post # 12
590 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

If you know you are picky about the color, I would definitely go with the smaller stone. My setting has diamonds color D-F. My fiance surprised me and upgraded my diamond from a 1.01 to a 1.5. When he went to upgrade, he was looking at loose stones and chose one that was color I. When he brought it home we both noticed right away that the center stone was darker than those on the band. Needless to say, we took the ring back to choose a smaller diamond with better color. We have a specific sales rep that we work with and have referred quite few people to. I got SUPER lucky and he ended up selling us a 1.57 round cut, color F diamond….at cost! Even if this didn’t happen I would have sized down. You can always upgrade later 

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