(Closed) What "color" is your center diamond and….

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Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My stone is an F.  The jeweler gave us a blind color test with diamonds graded by GIA as F-G-H-I-J, and I could clearly see the difference between the F/G line and the I/J line.  My Fiance, however, thought they all looked “white”.  I wanted to stay around 1 ct so it was easy to choose the F, but if I had wanted a bigger stone, I would have gone down to I.  In real life you won’t be comparing your diamond to others side-by-side!

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

You have to remember that different labs will grade diamond colors differently. GIA and AGS are the most stringent, with EGL and especially EGL Israel being quite lenient. What GIA/AGS would consider G, oftentimes EGL will call it an E. So I would not buy an EGL J if you are hoping for colorless!

Some other things to consider are the quality of the cut: more light return means more white. Light leakage will make it appear yellower from the top. Blue fluorescence can also help neutralize any yellow tints.

Mine is a D, but I was willing to go down to G. We weren’t specifically looking for Ds, but I was looking for a few specific things regarding cut, and this one happened to have a fantastic cut and was still within budget. We figured, why not? That’s a neat bragging point. Medium blue fluorescence, too. Very striking. 🙂

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine is an I. I think if you aren’t very color sensitive J color would be fine, but I wouldn’t go down to a K.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I obviously would have to see the stones in person, but I would not hesitate to go down to a J or even a K.  I think the warm colored diamonds have so much life and fire in them.

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@claireos:  I also have never seen an S-T diamond before.  Very beautiful!

You can also do a search because there is a whole thread on J colored diamonds.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Mine is a G but since I have yellow gold I could get away with a warmer colored diamond, but not sure what my limit would be w/o seeing them in person.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Mines an I. I thought it was a colorless diamond,untill the bee taught me better. I still love it and it’s eye clean. It Olny has ” warmth” when it’s next to my moms B stone. 

 

 

 

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I agree with the previous posters.  What I would go down to really depends on the grading lab.  I would not go for a H, I, J EGL or IGA graded stone.  But then again, I would only consider a GIA, AGS stone anyway because Lord only knows what you’re really ending up with!

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine is a K set in platinum with blue fluoresence. It faces up pretty white, but I like how I’ll see it from a certain angle (like from the side when my hand is on the steering wheel) and see the color in it. Mine is also a transitional cut in it’s original art deco setting, so the aesthetic is a bit different from more modern rings over all.  I fell in love with the whole ring, so ending up with a K wasn’t a matter of stone size. For the money, I could have gotten a higher letter loose stone set elsewhere.

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2004

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@claireos:  i LOVE your diamond. so beautiful. i, too, am a big fan of the warmer tones.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mine is a J, and I’ve noticed color once or twice, but it leans more towards an ice blue than yellow.  99.99% of the time it looks totally white, though.

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine is an F and I don’t think I would have gone below a G. Size for us was not so much a factor as we were basically trying to stay in the 1 carat weight and weight doesn’t equal size anyways.  But yes, definitely compare different stones at a jewelers. There is not much difference between a G and an F, and even a G and an H in some cases. The biggest difference I saw was between a D and an H.

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My center diamond is “F” color.  My fiance compared it to a “G” and said he couldn’t go back.  I’m glad he did as I am VERY color sensitive (I’m a graphic designer).

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

DH picked out my ring. For him he could tell a difference with G/H but not F/G so he went with G. Everyone has different color sensitivities so it is best to go and look at loose diamonds side by side.

Post # 45
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@claireos:  I love your S-T colored diamond!

 

You really do have to see them in person. Also, sometimes the color of the metal in the setting or the diamonds in the setting can make it look different.

Mine is an H. When we were looking at stones, we had two H diamonds and an E that we had narrowed it down to. I brought all three outside, and to me, they really looked the same.

Post # 46
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@FromRtoS:  I really really love your ring!

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