To J or not to J?!? (Show me your J-Rings)

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
14067 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think to come to a good decision you really need to go to a store and look at the stone in real life.  Depending on lighting/picture quality, a D stone could look yellow in low nautural light in a yellow room, and and a I could look totally white if the picture is more washed out.  If you are looking for a white looking stone, I would not go lower than H.  If you like the warmth of a slight tint, I/J or lower would look great. 

Post # 4
2906 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t have any pictures of my ring, but it’s an “I” in color – and the only time I can tell is when it’s next to a more colorless diamond. On my finger, you’d never be able to tell. (Well, unless you have a more trained eye than I do, I guess.) I know I’m biased, but I think it’s super pretty and sparkly and brilliant, and I don’t regret the decision not to spend more money on a more colorless stone. 

The only caveat is, if you want to get a diamond wedding band, you’ll probably also need to get one with similar coloring – otherwise it might make your e-ring appear more yellow than it would otherwise. 

Post # 5
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I/J is still in the near colorless category. My Mom was a jeweler for years and she always referred to this picture. The diamonds are real therefore making an easier comparision than just a drawn picture

If the stone is a little more yellow it actually looks more clear in a yellow gold than white or platinum. The white and platinum will make a yellow diamond more noticeable. These are both J colored stones below

J colored diamond in yellow gold and white gold settings

Post # 6
2793 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My J 🙂

Post # 7
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a GIA  H color ring (mainly because it was the diamond we loved the most with the best cut etc). Some days it looks a little yellow?

I would make sure that if you’re buying a J diamond that it’s a GIA diamond. The other rankings (IGL?) aren’t as precise and typically look more yellow than GIA.

Post # 8
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also if you’re getting an SI2, make sure its eyeclean. Mine is SI1 and I can’t see any flaws through the top, but when I look through the sides I can find them. Part of that is the shape though, I have an asscher, and that is easier to see flaws in than a round diamond. Also back to your real question, the shape can really affect the appearance of color. A round stone will show the least color, while those with corners will show a lot (in the corners). For ex, a princess or asscher cut will look more yellow than a round even if they are technically the same color.

Post # 10
11327 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I really think it depens on the setting. I just helped a good friend of mine shop for an e-ring for his gf and the stone they put into the setting he liked (which was white gold with diamonds) was a 1ct I color stone with IGL cert, and it looked yellow. I knew right away and asked for the specs of the stone because it looked yellow and the salesman tried to tell me it was the lights, but that’s kind of crap because the side stones (or my e-ring, which is E color) looked white. So I’d say against side stones you’d want to go with a higher color. But if you’re doing a solitaire setting it won’t matter as much.

Post # 11
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@CorgiTales:  Thats a good point. If it has side stones make sure they are also J.

Post # 12
1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Here’s a trick not many ppl know about- if you are going to buy a warmer color diamond flouresence is a GOOD thing it will make the diamond whiter! You also pay less for a diamond with fl. People are afraid that the quality is a bad thing when in reality fl used to make the diamond more expensive in the olden days. Flouresence only negatively affects like 2% of diamonds that have it (the diamond would appear milky when u see it) asl the jeweler about it or look online for more info!

Post # 13
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The center stone of my e-ring is H so that’s not too far off from what you’re looking at, the stones on the band are H and I, They look like most any other “white” diamond to me and still plenty of sparkle !

Post # 14
2624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Here’s my J!

You can see a little bit of warmth in this next picture but usually I can’t even tell.

Post # 15
18 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Love my J (1.32 carats)!  I only see the slight tint when I’m looking at the stone from the inside of the ring out (basically when I’m cleaning it and making sure all the dust is gone)

Post # 16
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine is an I but I’ve read a lot about it and I feel like it depends on your other specs of the diamonds… the cut is excellent and it’s a vs1, it’s round (which makes color matter less) and it’s set in platinum.  My FI wasn’t happy with getting the I but they didn’t have exactly what he was looking for, but honestly, I’ve never looked at my ring and felt like there was any color in it at all….

 One catching the sunlight 🙂

Edit: Also, I don’t know if it’s just because of the other spec, but I’ve never felt like mine is a warmer color, and it didn’t make the stone cheap- I guess cheaper than a higher color with the same exact specs, but FI still spent quite a bit on it!

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