|Can you tell which ring has a K-color diamond?|
Best Color Diamond for Yellow and Rose Gold Settings?
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.
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 a better price per carat.
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