(Closed) TEST: Are you really that diamond colour sensitive?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Oh, ffs, no my butt is cut-sensitive only.  Colors of all kinds I love.  Clear, warmth, grey, green, yellows, pinks, etc., L.O.V.E.  It’s cut that I’m sensitive of.  Love sharp contours/facets.

Post # 4
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This seems a bit like a trick question! These stones all appear to have been photographed in different kinds of lighting, so I would think it impossible to judge them against one another (not that I’d be able to do it anyway; I’m no expert!). They’re all quite lovely, though. 🙂


Post # 5
8036 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’ve noticed color in some real life situations, but with photos it’s really hard to tell. Depending on the lighting, a D could look like and M colored stone when something yellow is reflecting off of it or whatever. Those above photos – no idea. It’s definitely not a reliable way to grade diamonds or anything. I agree with you that in general it’s probably quite hard to tell color unless you’re really looking for it.

I have H earrings and from the side I have seen a little color to them. I have a RH ring with small diamonds and I have no idea what the stats are and I haven’t seen color in them. Just depends I guess.

Post # 6
11378 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

If the diamonds were side by side, almost anyone could tell if the difference was big enough–Grade D in color next to a grade J in color. But from photos, in different lighting situations, not side by side – It is close to impossible to tell.

Post # 7
11480 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am extremely color-sensitive and had a perfect score on that color test that someone posted many months ago. I also could easily tell a difference between a G and a D stone and an F and a D stone while Darling Husband and I were ring shopping. I don’t recall noticing much, if any, difference between the E and the D, however.

As for your quiz on this thread, I would not have any idea, given that the rings/stones are not all shown in the same image and were not all captured in the same location and in the same lighting. There really is no proper reference point from which to begin to make a judgment or a comparison. 

Post # 8
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love diamonds in general.  Having looked at and owning several over the years,  I learned that a prefer a warm diamond.  When diamond shopping this time I asked for I J and K diamonds only.

Post # 10
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Here are my guesses but I don’t know that much-

1- D-E

2- H

3- E-F

4- D-E but it’s hard because of the bright sunlight, could be lower. 

5- I

6- E-F

Post # 11
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

They all look like shiny rocks to me. Sealed

Post # 12
1796 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It’s hard to tell with the different lighting and angles but I can see color in 2, 3, and 5. I’m not that familiar with gradings, so I’m not going to guess the letter grades.

Post # 13
5399 posts
Bee Keeper

Yeah I agree with others, it is too difficult to tell in pictures with different lighting conditions and angles. 

Post # 14
6652 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

It is absolutely true that a diamond can appear different in different lighting, and can also appear different depending on the metal it is set in. And the cut of the stone can have a huge impact; many fancy cuts are designed to “hold colour” while round brilliants often look more colourless than they actually are (which is why there are fewer fancy coloured diamonds cut as RBs). Ultimately, it is very difficult to judge the colour of a diamnd from a photo, and even harder without something else to compare it to. People choose their colour grades for many reasons, and I think they are all valid – whether someone chooses a colourless stone or whether one chooses a warmer one. It is rare that a stranger will stare at someone’s hand long enough to discern the colour of one’s stone, but much like inclusions, it is the wearer whose opinion matters the most when she stares at it.


Post # 15
3451 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It is really hard to tell the color of a diamond when it’s mounted.  This is why diamond grading is only done on loose stones.

Want a better test to see if you are really color sensitive?  Take this one.


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