(Closed) The Diamond Colour Thread

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What's YOUR diamond colour grade?

    D-E-F - Colourless

    G-H-I-J - Near Colourless

    K-L-M - Faint Yellow

    N-O-P-Q-R - Very Light Yellow

    S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z - Light Yellow

    Fancy Light Yellow

    Fancy Yellow

    Fancy Intense Yellow

    Fancy Vivid Yellow

  • Post # 17
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    Bee Keeper

    F (GIA) because after careful consideration of a number of mostly E, F, and G diamonds in natural lighting conditions, it was so little color that we didn’t notice it, we had to look for it. G we would both notice without looking for it. E and D are beautiful…and brighter… but we’re cheap… lol! We wanted a “no-compromises” diamond. We were picky about cut, clarity, color, lack of fluorescence. In order not to break the bank we could not go for the very best on all of these. For clarity and color, instead of perfection, we chose imperfections we’d have to seek out, not that we would notice when just admiring the diamond. Color-wise, that was a good GIA F. I’m very, very satisfied with our diamond. It is not a slice of perfection – it is a slice of excellence IMO – and I love that. I always strive for excellence myself, not perfection (perfection in living things is impossible). My Fiance knew to not rush the decision and to really get a good feel for diamonds before choosing ours and I’m so glad we took the time to do just that.

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

    – Who is it graded by?

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

     It wasn’t graded by a lab ever as far as I know.  Two appraisals have labeled it E-F.  One in California after DH’s mom had it recast and reset into a setting she liked that wasn’t ering/wedding ring looking after divorce, then again in Missouri almost 40 years later when it we had it recast and set.

     – Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why?  

    – How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you?

    It’s perfect to me, I don’t really like yellow much.  I’d absolutely love a diamond with a little green to it but I’ve never seen one.  And I have emeralds in other jewelry, so it’s not like I’m missing anything :).

     

    Post # 19
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    Blushing bee

    G (which apparently looks like an F), SI1 with no fluorescence. GIA certified. We were looking at an F and G side by side and the colour looked the same and we couldn’t see any inclusions. Getting whatever makes you happy is more important than the numbers, but this website can certainly make your care about those numbers haha 😉

    Post # 20
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Diamond colour= G

    Diamond grader= GIA

    Why it was picked= my fiance chose it I wasn’t there/didn’t know about it 

    I’m delighted with my diamond and would not change the colour up or down. If it is a ring I’m choosing I’d not go lower than a really good G but if it’s earrings or pendant I’d go to H but not lower.

    In terms of the Cs, my pref is: colour, clarity, cut, carat. 

    My SO chose VVS01 and excellent cut with a carat weight of 1.01 in princess cut. It’s as perfect as he could get it for me and I really love it. I honestly couldn’t have chosen better myself.

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded? F

    – Who is it graded by? GIA

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did? When we went to look for an engagement ring, my fiancé didn’t care for the yellow-coloured tinge of lower-coloured diamonds. I was happy going as low as an I, as I was only able to detect yellowness with Js, but the price for our F was right so we went for it!

    – Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why? I was happy to go lower – I think originally we had hoped to find a G or H – but as the price of my F-coloured diamond was right we went for it.

    – How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you? Cut is the most important to me followed by clarity (no visible inclusions). Colour was probably the area where we were most flexible.

    Post # 23
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?
    It’s a G 

    Who is it graded by?
    No idea. The website says it could be H-I, but the jeweler who appraised it graded it G. 

    Why’d you pick the colour you did?
    That’s what came with my ring. 

    Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why?  
    Nope.

    How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you?
    Probably least important. 

    Post # 24
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    My diamond is a D, graded by the AGS, but we were not choosing it because of color. I would have been willing to go as low as G or possibly H (via GIA/AGS grading). we decided on this diamond because of its H&A cut and ASET/idealscope performances. The fact that it is a D is just a fun little fact about it – I’m not sure I could differentiate it from an equally cut G in setting.

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Here’s my ring:

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

    I believe it is I.

     

    – Who is it graded by?

    GIA I believe.

     

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

    It came with my ring. lol

     

    – Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why?  

    I love my ring the way it is, it is carefully matched to the rest of the stones on my ring so everything matches and it’s nearly colorless… that said, if all of the stones could have gone up a grade or two, that would be fine as well… My ring has a little color in bad lighting.

     

    – How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you?

    I think color is one of the more important c’s personally. I don’t like the “flawless/colorless” diamonds because they are too white to me (and can look fake)… I like a diamond with just a hint of color, it looks more normal to me.

     

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

    D

     

    – Who is it graded by?

    No idea, it’s from Birks so whoever grades their diamonds

     

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

    I didn’t, my fiance did

     

    – Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why?  

    Nope

     

    – How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you?

    Least important 

    Post # 27
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Mine’s a GIA certified D color!

    Post # 28
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My diamond is a G, rated by GSI, so realistically it would be lower if graded by GIA or similar.

    I picked it because I could see yellow in “lower” colors but not in this one.  It actually looks super white to me.

    Obviously I’m not very color sensitive, so I didn’t see any need to pay more for a ‘whiter’ one.  I also wouldn’t actually want to go any “higher” in color, since the pave on my ring has H-I diamonds, and the center stone already looks a bit whiter compared to them. 

    Post # 29
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    Newbee

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

     

     

     

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     – Who is it graded by?

     

     

     

     AGS 000 / hearts and arrows

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     My Fiance chose it so It was entirely his decesion. He did a great job.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    – Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why?  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     Nope, I love my ring the way it is. Going up to D grade is not an option.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    – How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you?

     

    Very important. I want my diamond to be super white.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    -What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

    – Who is it graded by?

    GIA 

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

    I wanted a cushion cut in a halo. First, cushions show more colour than Round Brilliant, and that colour is even more obvious when set in a platinum micro-pave halo. It didn’t have to be a D though – I would have been happy with DEF, and possibly G. It just happened that at the time, the store had a beautiful D cushion. 

    – Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why?  

    Not really because we didn’t sacrifice any other spec to get the D colour (or lack thereof I should say). 

    – How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you?

    Probably second after cut. I think an excellent cut is the most important. As I mentioned above, for the particular style of ring I wanted, colour was going to be important to me, more imporant than size. If I had wanted a Round Brilliant solitaire, then it would have been slightly less important because Round Brilliant shows less colour, and with only one stone on the ring, and no point of comparison, it is very difficult to just look at the ring and identify the colour at a glance.

    Post # 31
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    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

     

    Mine is a GIA J color. Thinking about prioritizing the 4 C’s still makes my head spin, so sometimes I guess I’ve doubted my decision, but for the most part I’m pretty solid on cut, clarity, carat and lastly color. I would go up to an H or maybe a G, lower than a J…  Maybe , I’ve seen some very gorgeous K’s and lower. I wouldn’t want anything higher than a G though, I like a warmer stone. 

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