“I’m wondering what you think of K color diamond engagement rings. Specifically I’m looking at a K-color diamond from Brian Gavin. I’ve heard that Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds face-up whiter and brighter because of the ideal proportions and overall cut quality. Do you think this is true? I plan on having he diamond set in an 18k white gold halo setting. I’m wondering whether the K color diamond is going to appear yellow against the white gold. I understand that a K color diamond is going to exhibit a little bit of color, but is it going to be more noticeable because it is set in white gold? Do you think that the F-G color accent diamonds are going to look strange next to the K color diamond? My girlfriend and I have seen a non-ideal cut K color diamond in-person at a local jewelry store, we could see a hint of warmth, but do not think that the diamond looked yellow per se. We talked about it, and my girlfriend prefers a little bit of color and a larger stone. What would you recommend from Brian Gavin for around $7 – 7.5K that will be totally eye clean?”
I think that K color diamond engagement rings offer great value. The fact of the matter is that while diamonds in the K-L-M color range are technically referred to as “faint yellow” that they actually face-up white with barely a hint of color. Keep in mind that when you look at a diamond in real-world circumstances, that the diamond will also be absorbing light from all around, and reflecting a variety of spectral colors that it is being exposed to at the time. However, diamonds are graded for an absence of color, in sterile laboratory conditions which is an entirely different situation.
When we grade diamonds for color, we are actually grading diamonds for an absence of color… And we are evaluating the diamonds by viewing them from a side profile, while they are sitting upside down on a white colored tray. The diamonds are sitting on the table facet, tilted back at an angle of about thirty degrees. The room is completely dark, with exception of the color corrected light that is coming from the GIA Diamond Light. Diamonds are then compared side-by-side against a master set of diamonds, to determine where on the scale of color each diamond placed in terms of color, or more specifically hue and saturation.
I think that the phrase “faint yellow” tends to freak people out because they correlate “yellow” with being dingy. But we’re not talking about a white piece of paper or a table cloth which has yellowed with age, we’re talking about a diamond. A crystal clear, highly refractive, three dimensional object, that sparkles like crazy.
The reality is that K color diamond engagement rings offer great value as far as options from the Brian Gavin Signature line of diamonds goes. The combination of super ideal proportions and the higher degree of optical precision is going to create a higher volume of light return, and incredible sparkle factor. Which means that the diamond is going to face up nice and bright, and the body color of the diamond will largely be masked by the sparkle factor.
According to the contents of the gemology course offered by the Gemological Institute of America, the average color diamond sold in the United States is N-color. And yet you don’t really hear people running around talking about how yellow their diamond appears to be. Why? Because people only seem to look for color in a diamond, when they are buying the diamond. The rest of the time, people are only focused on the light performance exhibited by their Brian Gavin Signature diamond.
There are quite a few K color diamonds to consider from Brian Gavin, however I’ve narrowed it down to three which enable you to maximize diamond carat weight. If I were you, I’d select one of these diamonds from Brian Gavin:
All three of these Brian Gavin Signature round hearts and arrows diamonds have super ideal cut proportions, and exhibit the highest level of optical precision. Which means what exactly? Quite simply, it means that these diamonds have been cut to proportions that represent the dead-center or “sweet spot” for the range designated by the American Gem Society Laboratory for the zero ideal cut proportions rating. And the facet structure of the diamond has been aligned so precisely, that each diamond exhibits a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows. This means that all of the facets per section are practically the exact same size and shape, and that each facet has been indexed upon the diamond with extreme precision. This produces the highest volume of light return, and broad spectrum sparkle, which will be larger in size, and bolder, brighter, and more vivid, than what the average ideal cut diamond can produce. No matter what you buy from Brian Gavin, it’s gonna blow your socks off![separator]
If you’re concerned about buying a K color diamond for an engagement ring, but want to take advantage of the great value that K-color diamonds provide, then consider this 1.184 carat, K-color, VVS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which exhibits medium blue fluorescence when exposed to black light. There are no negative effects caused by medium or strong blue fluorescence, and it can help to make diamonds appear whiter when the diamond is exposed to light sources that contain a high volume of ultra-violet. That means that the diamond is likely to face-up a bit whiter when the diamond is exposed to sunlight. The ultra-violet light will excite the blue fluorescent molecules, which will then help to filter out any of the slight yellow undertones that may be present in a K color diamond. Blue fluorescence is also just a really cool, natural optical effect which I’m completely enthralled with. Practically every diamond I’ve ever purchased for myself has exhibited medium to strong blue fluorescence.[separator]
I’ve seen quite a few K color diamonds set in Brian Gavin Signature engagement rings that feature F-G color accent diamonds. Once again, the difference in color is going to be there “if you happen to be looking for it” but it is not a difference that is blatantly obvious. First of all, the whiter tones of the 18k white gold are going to be picked up by the diamond since it is touching the edge of the diamond. Secondly there is going to be a little bit of a gap between the edge of the center stone, and the edge of the accent diamonds which are set beside it. Thirdly and probably most importantly, our eyes tend to be drawn to the larger, brighter, whiter, surface area of the center stone, and then drawn outward towards the sparkle of the accent diamonds. So what do I mean by “the difference in color will be visible if you happen to be looking for it?” Imagine that you’re down here hanging out in Mexico with me. Yea, imagine that… It’s hot and so I ask whether you’d like a glass of water. Sure, I’ll probably offer you a beer or a margarita, but that won’t really work for this specific example.[separator]
So we’re going with water, or we can use tequila blanco if you prefer. Herradura Suprema or Herradura Anejo would be a lot smoother, but it’s the wrong color in this particular instance. Stop distracting me, we’ve got work to do. For the sake of this discussion, just drink the water even though we’re down in Mexico! LOOK. If it makes you feel any better, the water that comes out of the refrigerator is UV filtered, and then run through a second carbon filter, and it’s ice freaking cold! Even the ice cubes are safe to, uh, drink.
Now that we’ve got that settled, take a good look at these two photographs of a 1.20 carat, K-color, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond, set in an 18k white gold Anita halo setting by Brian Gavin. The diamond looks great, right? And the difference between the color of the center stone is not all that different from the color of the accent diamonds, right? Getting back to my glass of water analogy. Imagine that I hand you a clear glass of water, you’re going to take it and drink it without much thought, right? Remember that it’s double filtered. Now imagine that I splashed in a single drop of yellow food coloring and stirred it up real good before leaving the kitchen. Would you even notice? Probably not. Now imagine that I hand you a shot of Herradura Suprema. And suggest that you admire the the rich amber color, the spectacular flavor blended from rose petals, vanilla, and citrus. The amazing aroma of agave, dry wood, vanilla, cinnamon and rose petals. Soft, creamy, aged 49 months. Save water, drink tequila. Don’t you know that there’s a draught?[separator]
And buy a K-color diamond from the Brian Gavin Signature diamond collection because it is going to face-up beautifully, sparkle like crazy, and delight all your senses as rich and fully as that last paragraph of text. Don’t get caught up in the concept of needing a diamond of specific color, when all that really matters at the end of the day is the light performance. Super ideal hearts and arrows diamonds, like those offered by Brian Gavin, deliver the highest volume of light return and sparkle factor possible, and that’s all anybody is going to notice!
If you enjoyed reading this article, and would like my assistance searching for an ideal cut diamond, please take advantage of my free Diamond Concierge Service. I don’t always have to blog about it, in fact most of the time I don’t, but in this particular instance the client indicated that he’s a few months off from making a decision, and that it was all right to respond by blog post. Which I totally appreciate because I’m always looking for topics to write about!
Simply submit a request using the form provided via the link above. Provide me with basic details of the diamond you are looking for, such as the diamond shape, range of carat weight, clarity, color, and whether you’re open to the idea of blue fluorescence. Please provide me with the price range you are working with, so that I can be most effective for you… I’ll conduct an internet search within the network of dealers who I work with, but also via the multiple listing service that we use to market diamonds globally, leaving no stone unturned as they say.
If you like the recommendations, all I ask is that you complete your purchase using the links provided. That will ensure that I’m compensated for my time, and doing so will not increase your purchase price. In fact, it’s quite likely that working with me will provide you with savings you would not otherwise have access to. For instance, in this particular instance, I was able to provide my client with a discount coupon that will save him some money on the halo setting that he plans on buying from Brian Gavin. That’s right, I’ve got a Brian Gavin coupon code to share with you, all you have to do is ask for it.
For the record: No agave plants were harmed during the creation of this blog post. No tequila bottles were consumed. Not a single drop of tequila was spilt. A fair amount of Costa Rican coffee was consumed. The coffee was made using filtered water from the refrigerator. The coffee? 100% Fair Trade Cafe Britt from Costa Rica, of course. Everybody knows not to drink the coffee when you visit Mexico! But seriously, I really do drink Britt Coffee from Costa Rica. I fell in love with it while driving around Costa Rica awhile back, it has a smoother taste because they hand pick the beans only when ripe. And they don’t seem to burn it like some of those better known guys do, plus when I buy six bags or more at one time, they ship for free.
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