|Can you tell which ring has a K-color diamond?|
How much do you know about diamond color grades? If you’re looking to get the biggest, blingiest diamond your budget can afford then it’s a topic you should brush up on to get the most size for your budget.
Diamonds are graded on a color scale from D-Z with colorless diamonds considered to be ones graded from D-F, near colorless from G-J and diamonds graded a K falling into the range of Faint Color.
The traditional rule of thumb when buying a diamond has always been to buy the most colorless diamond you can afford. But when it comes to saving money on your engagement ring, picking a diamond graded “K” can save you significant cash with a very small, if any, noticeable difference once the stone is set into your ring. Not to mention a larger carat weight for your dollars!
Let’s go back to the rings I showed you up top. Take a look at the stats below each ring and find the K-color ring. Surprised?
|Did you guess which ring was the K-diamond?|
These K color diamonds don’t just look great in a rose gold setting. Check out these beauties also from James Allen:
Beautiful, right? A diamond’s color is most visible from the side, and far less visible when looking at your diamond face-up – which is how you view it when set in your ring.
So let’s try that test again with some loose diamonds…can you tell which one is the K color?
Really hard to tell when looking at them face-up, right? Diamond experts say that to discern the difference in color between 2 diamonds they need to be at least 2 grades apart. Click here for a visible representation of diamond color from the side view from James Allen.
Ok, here’s the reveal. Were you right?
These 4 diamonds all had similar stats except for color. They were all right around 1 carat with an excellent cut and VS1 clarity. But the price difference between the K and H color stones is $3170!!
Convinced that you can find a beautiful K colored diamond for your engagement ring? Start with a jeweler like James Allen who offers diamonds in this color range which can be viewed online in 360-degree rotation. This way, you can see the diamond’s characteristics from every angle.
So what are the key considerations when choosing a K color diamond?
- Pick an Excellent cut: The better the cut the less noticeable the color grade becomes.
- Choose a warm metal setting: Rose or Yellow gold will better mask a K diamond’s color than white gold or platinum. But if white metal is your thing then go for it!
- Avoid Step Sizes: Since so many shoppers are looking for a 1,2, or 3 carat diamond, demand and thus prices are higher at those exact sizes. Shop for a 0.9, 1.8 or 3.2 carat for get a better price per carat.