Post # 1
Hello all you lovely bees and happy new year!
My darling fiance (still getting used to that!) proposed to me just before Christmas and we are now in the throws of choosing the perfect ring.
I really want a simple solitaire in rose gold to compliment my olive toned skin and we’ve checked out this goldsmiths in London….
This is the ring I’m in love with
My question is what colour diamond would people recommend for rose gold? I quite like the idea of a warmer diamond, initially my fiance was looking at very good grades (D+E) which would have meant a significantly smaller stone due to budget. I have read that with yellow/rose gold you really can get away with J, K, L, even M and that spending money on a D or E would really be a waste as the diamond would pick up the yellow/rose hues of the gold anyway.
Any advice / personal experience / pictures of your own rose gold with J-M diamonds would be hugely appreciated!!
Post # 2
I probably wouldn’t go any lower than a K color round that’s gia or ags certified. Otherwise you’ll definitely see warmth even in rose gold if you go lower (unless that’s what your wanting)
Post # 3
Mine is an I, .79 ct. I always told my fiance that I was not very picky about the quality of the diamond but he sent me pictures of different stones during the design process to get my opinion. I could have gone a little bigger with a J but the color difference between I and J was just enough for me to be bothered, so I picked the I. Personally, I think my diamond is gorgeous and I love the “moody” hue paired with the rose gold.
Post # 4
I have read that going higher than I or J is a waste of money because the rose gold will make it look warmer anyway. However, this really depends on how color sensitive you are. Also, cut is king. If you get an excellent cut diamond you can get away with a lower color grade. But if the cut isn’t great, the color will show more. Here is my rose gold pave band with a hearts and arrow cut round diamond. It is an I, but I think it would be a J if it were GIA certified. I will say that in natural light it is perfectly white, but inside you can see a bit more warmth.
Post # 5
I’m having an H colour diamond set into a rose gold solitaire. It looks totally white against it!! You definitely don’t need a D/E diamond. Can’t wait to see it! I love rose gold
Post # 6
I have an N diamond in a rose gold solitaire setting, and I LOVE it! I wouldn’t change a thing about it. In some lights it is bright white, in others it looks almost gray. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Taken outside (ignore my awful nails)
Under jewelry store lighting with a ring jacket that I was obsessed with
Looking milky gray under regular lighting in my bedroom
Hope this helps!
Post # 7
Wow! Congratulations! Lovely ring! I have a rose gold halo and mind is a G but I think he could have definitely gone a little lower!
Have you also tried Diamond Heaven? It’s primarily online but there is a store in London (and bham and Manchester) if you’re conscious of budget, these guys are diamond dealers and my fi found that you definitely got much much more for your money than on the high street. You can also mess about with the stats to see what different sizes, cuts etc would cost. You can also visit and view the diamond before setting.
Post # 8
I have a GIA 1.7 ct K and I would buy a K over and over again (its a great way to get the biggest bang for your buck). I was nervous about going with a K at first because you hear so many people say you shouldn’t go below an I or J, but honestly the colour is negligible and I even have it set in white gold and don’t notice it. Make sure it is an excellent cut though as this also really helps the colouring look brighter.
Post # 9
Wow thank you ladies for your comments, and beautiful rings all of you!! You have definitely put my mind at ease about getting a ‘lower’ grade colour, although I almost don’t like using that term as I don’t think it’s inferior at all. And I’m def looking at an excellent cut, good clarity with GIA cert – agree this makes a big difference on the overall twinkly sparkle.
I know technical spec can almost become an obsession for some, which is fine too, important thing is that you love it.
@ mrstaylorlevy yes that ring jacket is special! lovely combo
Post # 10
@ dannij8918 and thanks for the recommendation I’ll def check it out – been looking at James Allen so far for stones just to get an idea but this site looks good too
Post # 11
If you go with a lower colour, you could try looking for a diamond with florecence. The florecence will help brighten it up. Plus, with some diamonds it actually drops the price a bit more as well.
Post # 12
Brown tinted diamonds look really nice in rose gold settings
Post # 13
I am dying over the rings posted in this thread. SO, so gorgeous. I’m really excited for you OP, and I can’t wait to see your ring when it’s done.
I’d definitely go for a lower colored diamond. Personally, I find I like a bit of warmth, and I think it will look whiter against the rose gold, as these ladies have shown beautifully. I’d go anywhere from I to K range. Fluorescence can also make a diamond look whiter, but be careful it does not look milky as that can also happen in stones with fluorescence. Another thing to consider is if the stone is GIA graded. If not, for many jewelers what they SAY is a K is more like an M.
Post # 14
fab! I also loved James Allen however if you’re a UK bee, there will be tax added and also it may incur extra costs at customs.
My Fiance actually saw a diamond on James Allen and emailed it to diamond heaven and they price matched it! (Without the tax! Bonus!) something to try ;). Good luck. Let us know how you go xx
Post # 15
yes I’m swooning over the rings here too!
@ dannij8918 oh I hadn’t thought of the import tax implications but thanks for the heads up!
I’ll shall post pics of the final ring once I get it!