(Closed) The Diamond Colour Thread

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What's YOUR diamond colour grade?
    D-E-F - Colourless : (94 votes)
    37 %
    G-H-I-J - Near Colourless : (129 votes)
    51 %
    K-L-M - Faint Yellow : (10 votes)
    4 %
    N-O-P-Q-R - Very Light Yellow : (1 votes)
    0 %
    S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z - Light Yellow : (1 votes)
    0 %
    Fancy Light Yellow : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Fancy Yellow : (1 votes)
    0 %
    Fancy Intense Yellow : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Fancy Vivid Yellow : (0 votes)
  • Post # 32
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

    I (center stone) F (all of the side stones. there are tiny stones on 3 sides of the band)

     – Who is it graded by?

    GIA

     

     – Why’d you pick the colour you did?  

    for the center stone- it was in our budget. for the side stones- they came with the band.

     

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

    i would actually go down on the color scale. i love color in my stone and wouldn’t mind more yellow.

     

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

    not at all important

     

     

    Post # 33
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    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

    I have an F color diamond, graded by GIA. Darling Husband picked it out. I’m pretty color sensitive, so he wanted to stay in the colorless range. I would’t go down in color, but I wouldn’t mind a D or an E!

    As far as the “4 C’s”, mine are:

    Cut

    Color

    Clarity

    Carat

    Post # 34
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    6291 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    -What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

    D

    – Who is it graded by?

    At the moment, the company I purchased it with (it’s a custom design and that was the colour I wanted). I will also get it independently valued and appraised, to be sure. As far as I know, official gradings (GIA et al) don’t apply to stones as small as mine (mine’s a cluster) though I might be wrong on that.

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

    I’m very ‘colour sensitive’. When I was looking at having my ring copied I went shopping to look at other options, and looked at a variety of stones. I much prefered D-E coloured stones, though F coloured were fine (and had I gone for a larger stone, I’d have gone with F). G and above were too noticeably ‘warm’ for my liking. Further, at the size I was getting, I could easily afford D coloured stones within our budget without having to compromise on cut or clarity, so I felt I may as well go for ‘the best’ (IMPO).

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

    No way; having seen the finished ring I definitely, 100% made the right choice.

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

    This is tough, but, it probably ranks 3rd of the 4Cs for me; just. My order of preference/importance would be cut; clarity; colour; carat. But it’s very close between clarity and colour, and had I got a larger stone, I’d probably have compromised slightly on both to get the best ‘all round’ stone in budget eg gone down slightly on clarity from VVS1 to VS1, and also on colour from D-F. Thankfully, at the size I was buying, I didn’t have to worrying about compromising on either.

    Post # 35
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    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?
       -Fancy Intense Yellow

    Who is it graded by?
       -GIA 

    Why’d you pick the colour you did?
      -I didn’t Darling Husband did, but he knew I wanted yellow. 

    Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why?
       -Sometimes I wish he’d have gone down a color or 2.  I didn’t need it to be 
      “fancy” graded.  And sometimes I am really drawn to the more lemon-y shades, 
       which is what I originally expected.

    How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you?
       -Because we went yellow, color was pretty damn important.  I didn’t want
       anything lighter than W-X.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 36
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    345 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

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

     – Who is it graded by? – GIA 

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did? – I wanted an OEC and like the look of fire/warmth in the cut! I didn’t pick out the stone separately from the setting. 

    – Do you wish you had gone up or down a colour grade or two and why?  – Nope. This one is perfect!

    – How important is colour as a ‘C’ to you? – Least. I would rank them as: cut, carat, clarity, color. Since I was looking for an antique, setting and stone had to be equally important!

    Post # 37
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    9130 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Mine center stone is an I color – can’t remember who it’s graded by :S

    It’s an heirloom so I didn’t really choose the color.  But I think it’s great!  The side stones are D, and I can’t tell any difference about 99.9% of the time.  I think this color is a good value.  I wouldn’t have minded a yellower stone either – I think yellowish diamonds can be super pretty.

    Post # 38
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    1460 posts
    Bumble bee

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

     

    H

     

    – Who is it graded by?

     

    GIA

     

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

     

    The jeweler ordered in multiple stones and when we did the “color test” compared to whiter stones against a white piece of paper, I thought it faced down like a G or better. When we had it appraised by an independent GIA gemologist here in DC, he graded it a G against his master set so I was pleased.

     

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

     

    Of course, I would have loved to go up to a F. I didn’t know it at the time, but my budget was hovering around $30k and to go up even one color grade (G), it bumped me up about $4k or forced me into the SI1, SI2 range and I wasn’t willing to do either.

     

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

     

    I’d say it ended up being last after cut, carat, and clarity. All the c’s were important but when it came down to making sacrifices to accomodate my budget, I wasn’t willing to go below a GIA XXX, 2.25 carats or VS2…but I was okay with the H colored stone.

    Post # 39
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    6107 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

    H

    Who is it graded by?

    No idea. The jeweler I got it from has their own appraisers.

    Why’d you pick the colour you did?

    We really wanted at least 1 carat so we decided to go a little lower on the color. I have a halo so the sole focus of my ring isn’t the center stone and I honestly couldn’t tell much difference between the “near colorless” diamonds I saw (maybe I’m not super color sensitive?). This diamond had pretty much everything we wanted, while everything else had something “wrong” with it.

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

     Nope, not really. Like I said, I rarely see a yellow tint. My diamond has a fairly strong fluorescence which I think helps it appear more white/blue.

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

    It was somewhat important. I was first focused on carat (I wanted at least 1), then clarity (it would drive me nuts if I could see any flaws), then color (we knew we were going to get “near colorless” and they all looked pretty much the same to me). I honestly forgot to even check the “cut”, but from all the information I’ve gathered, it seems like my diamond has a pretty good/great cut.

    Post # 40
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    363 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

     

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

     F

    – Who is it graded by?

     GIA

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

     My fiance picked it out. I think color and clarity are more important to him than carat size.

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

    I wouldn’t change it. I love colorless stones!

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

    Very important! Like I said, I love colorless stones!

    Post # 41
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    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    In the yellow minority here!

     

    Colour: Fancy light yellow

     

    Graded by GIA

     

    Id wanted a yellow diamond and after seeing just 3 IRL I thought it needed to be fancy yellow or higher to really have the impact. Fiance managed to get a stone that has a face up fancy yellow appearance (clever cutting on the cutters side) but is still Fancy Light for grading purposes.

     

    I am so happy with the result! I think its probably as light as I’d want to go but I don’t think that I’d want anything more yellow now. It also meant he could pick up another 0.3 of a carat with better clarity and finish (polish & symmetry) for the same price as a Fancy Yellow. I find it changes colour in different lighting and because it was be quite subtle at times the soft colour can be really beautiful. I’d still like to have some fancy intense stones in my portfolio at some point though!!

     

    Colour was the most important aspect for me, followed by cut then carat. Clarity is less of an issue in coloured stones to some extent.

     

     

    Post # 41
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    2318 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Bump!  I’d love to hear from current Bees

    Post # 42
    Member
    2318 posts
    Buzzing bee

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

     

     I have an L-faint brown diamond.  

     

    – Who is it graded by?

     

     GIA

     

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

    It was the combination of the 4C’s in this particular diamond I fell in love with.  Once we started shopping I realized I wanted something a little different.  I loved how the K L MN&O diamonds were warmer and sparkled in different hues than a colorless stone. I couldn’t commit to fancy yellow and Fiance doesn’t care for fancy diamonds. This was a beautiful  compromise.  It faces up white most of the time and often looks H & I in color next to H-I diamonds,but when the light hits it perfect it is a gorgeous light yellow. 

     

     

     

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

     

    No, I was going for a particular look that I would be happy with for a long time. And I also don’t believe that colorless diamonds are the most beautiful.  I love the fire and sparkle and all the “moods” of my diamond .  I would have considered a faint grey hue too but I really wanted a yellow gold setting and brown / yellow worked better  

     

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

     

     all the Cs are important and I could never pick just one. It’s the total package I was going for And was very flexible.  Being flexible  made shopping fun and I was able to see diamonds that were amazing IRL but had surprising stats. If I had to rank the importance of color it woul be as follows: 1-clarity, 2-color, 3-cut (no rounds or marquis), 4-size (only between .75 – 1.5)

    In the car  on sunny day

    Before set -indoor lighting

     

     

    Close se up – in car, hand in shade , ring in sun

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by  Lokie85.
    Post # 43
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Bump! This is a good thread to keep going! 

    – What’s your colourless or yellow diamond graded?

     

     Mine is a D 

     

    – Who is it graded by?

     

     GIA

     

    – Why’d you pick the colour you did?

     

     I initially went in wanting an E-G, as I’m very color sensitive. However , when I picked the setting and shape of the diamond, and looked at diamonds of different colors in the setting,  color became extremely important to me for a few reasons: 1) the setting has near colorless pave stones(2), it is white gold (makes color of diamond more noticeable), and (3) it is oval in shape which makes color more obvious (whereas a Round Brilliant it is much more difficult to differentiate between colors).

     

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

     

     No. I am happy I went with the D color. I love its icy white appearance and it blends beautifully in the setting.  

     

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

     

     Color was 2nd most important with cut being 1st.  3rd would be clarity and 4th carat weight.

    Specs are .71 D VS1 good cut (oval cuts aren’t graded) 

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