Post # 1
So I have a dilemma. I’ve found the perfect cushion stone, 1.3 carat, vvs2, ex cut, very nice table/depth/LW ratio. No flourescence. Its perfect except the color is an I. If it was an H I would go for it but the I is throwing me. I’m going through Ritani and doing the in store preview before i buy so that I can see it in person first, but I wanted some opinions. I know that cushions show color better than rounds in the first place…in the second place…I am very color sensitive. I would hate to see warmth in the diamond. I know a lot of people like it and it is majorly a personal subjective decision, but I specifically do not like a tint. Also the diamonds in the band I’ll be getting will be higher color and I don’t want that to make the center stone more obvious.
My real question is, should I sacrifice a little size and go to an F or a G in color? I would be looking at 1-1.1 ct stones instead of the 1.3 to stay within price range because I still need all the other ex specs. May go down to vs1/vs2 clarity as well. Not willing to go to SI range.
Anyway, I am a size 3.5 finger…Wondering if the ring will still look to be a good size at the 1 ct range with good color? Or if I should go big or go home and stick with my I 1.3? :confused:
Also should mention I’m doing a platinum setting which makes me more worried warmth will be apparent.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
I’d go for size. I personally like a little warmth.
Post # 7
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
You literally wont notice a difference size wise. If color is that detectable to you, then size down for the best possible color.
Post # 9
- 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 # 10
Thanks guys! I really will have to see it in person and see if it faces up white enough. But i do have a gut feeling I will end up sizing down to go for an F.
If I was going to do a rose gold setting I think an I or a J would be a perfect fit for that..but as of now its white metal.
Thanks for all the opinions 😀 I am new to this stuff as I’ve never made a large jewelry purchase before.
Post # 11
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
- 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