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Diamond color refers to the body color of the diamond, not the prism colors you see in its sparkle. Best seen when looking through the diamond from the back or side, it's generally a hint of yellow caused by nitrogen in the soil while the diamond was being formed.
Color is important because it's something you can see with your naked eye. The scale starts at D and goes to Z. Beyond Z, the diamond is considered a fancy color and it starts to get more valuable again. The majority of engagement ring diamonds are between D and J. D, E, and F are considered colorless. G, H, I, and J are near colorless.
The difference between D and J is obvious to the naked eye, but you can tell when comparing two diamonds. To us, the sweet spot for color and value is somewhere between the two, but seeing them in person is the best way to decide.
If quality is important to you, D, E, and F are great places to be on the scale. If size is really important and the budget doesn't allow for what she's dreaming of, then I, J, or even lower can become options. Yellow or rose gold can help to hide the color.
A rough diamond is cut and turned into the polished one you're going to propose with. A diamond can be cut into many shapes, the most common of which is round brilliant cut. Everything other than round is considered a fancy cut.
For round brilliant cut diamonds, GIA grades the brilliance of the stone using a scale of Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. Excellent is the best, but Very Good and Good quality diamonds can present a value when looking for a higher carat weight.
Popular fancy cuts are cushion, square with rounded corners, oval, pear, princess (which is a square), asscher, emerald, radiant, marquise, and heart-shaped. When comparing two fancy cuts there are visual differences-- the shape of the stone, the way the corners are cut, and even the faceting pattern can be different. It's best to look at these in person so you can see the difference.
Congratulations on starting the engagement ring buying process! The first step to buying an engagement ring is determining your fiance-to-be's preferences. What color gold does she like (or does she want platinum)? Does she like round diamonds, ovals, cushions, or something different? Does she want a classic ring, or something that's very popular right now? If she has given you hints, lets use that information. If she has not, we recommend checking out Pinterest or asking her family and friends for suggestions. Don't worry about getting her ring size if it will ruin the surprise, just be sure to ask if the ring you select can be sized (and if there is a cost associated with that sizing).
Next, you'll need to think about your budget and what is comfortable for you. Budget for the mounting and the diamond, but spend the majority on the diamond, as that is what will get passed down through generations.
Ask questions. Learn about the quality of the mounting and where it is made. One of our diamond specialists will help with any questions you may have about the diamond's cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Remember that every diamond is different, so choose based on beauty and sparkle, rather than strictly following the 4Cs.