Diamond with multi-colored dispersion and reflections of surroundings.
When it comes to diamond color, first time shoppers often have questions along the lines of: “Do you think a H color for a diamond ring is good enough?”, “What’s the best color grade to buy if I don’t want to see any yellow tints in the diamond?” and “Does the general public perceive color hues in engagement rings easily?”
Well, it all boils down to one thing: How well do you personally see colors?
In diamond grading, the differences between 1 color grade is very minute and it takes a trained eye to discern between 2 loose diamonds under a specific set of lab conditions.
In reality, when diamonds are mounted in a setting, it is going to be very hard to detect color differences in casual viewing. For example, if we to compare 2 diamond engagement rings with G and H color ratings side by side, I can tell you that 99% of people won’t be able to tell any differences at all.
But what if you belong to the 1% of people who have extremely sensitive eyes? Would you be able to see visual differences between color grades in real life?
That’s what we are going to do today.
To find out how sharp your eyes are in discerning color nuances, here’s a simple 5 minutes test for you to quickly find out: https://www.xrite.com/hue-test
Here’s my first attempt and I scored a perfect score of 0.
Having been around diamonds, I developed a very sensitive eye and this online color challenge is a test that I can complete with ease.
If you had completed the color test as well, feel free to leave a comment below to let us know what you scored. I love to hear from readers and see how you fared.
And on this note, I want you to know that it is completely normal if you didn’t get a perfect score.
It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your eyes. In fact, I see it as a blessing in disguise as you can save money on your diamond ring purchase with a lower color diamond.
Also, I want to highlight one mistake that consumers make by having the misconception that a higher color rating automatically equates to a diamond with better sparkle and brilliance. Cut is actually what determines the performance of a diamond and not color.
Here’s the thing, even with a trained eye, I am not able to tell the differences between a mounted D color and a F color diamond easily. Until I can scrutinize and inspect the stones closely under correct lighting conditions, any color differences won’t be obvious.
And this is what really happens in the practical world.
Most people on the streets probably glance at your jewelry for a couple of seconds. If a trained professional can’t see differences immediately, do you think it is likely for the public to tell the differences between a couple of color grades?
I’ve made a video comparison of colorless diamonds vs near colorless diamonds to help you put things into perspective. This suite of 5 engagement rings consist of diamonds with the following color ratings: D, E, F, H and I.
Watch the video and see if you can detect the yellow tints in the near colorless diamonds.
The bottomline is, you don’t have fret too much or get too obsessed in buying diamonds with the best color specifications. Sometimes, the premium paid might not necessary translate into something that you can visually appreciate.
Here’s more food for thought… Would you get a bigger carat diamond at the expense of lower color? Or, would you rather get a diamond with higher clarity and sacrifice color?
Ultimately, the choice of color would be up to individual tastes as you will be the one wearing the piece of jewelry. I would love to hear your opinions and how you would place your priorities on these factors.
Drop a comment and let me know!