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Are you color sensitive?

By Layla R | Jun 16, 2018

Can you tell the difference between an F and an H?

Just because you can see color doesn’t mean you are color sensitive.


A quick refresher on diamond color grading: Diamonds are graded for color face down where light return has no influence. Not face up where cut quality can raise or lower the appearance of the body color. And you don't wear diamonds face down when set. You wear them face up set.

So how likely are you to see the color difference within one color grade? Truthfully, even the labs don't always agree on color grades of individual diamonds, and the same diamond could be seen as a "high H" or a "low F" by different labs, or even diferent branches of the same lab. Even a difference of 2 color grades in body color can be difficult to notice. Not impossible, but difficult.

The ability to tell a difference becomes even more difficult when you are talking about a Crafted by Infinity diamond, because the cut quality gets light in and out with such intensity that brightness overcomes whatever body color was seen in the face down position at the lab. This is why Crafted by Infinity diamonds reliably face up several grades whiter than their color grade.

Traditional advice from professional jewelers is usually to "stay at H and above" if you want a white diamond. But this old advice is not a hard rule. In fact many people happily buy Crafted by Infinity diamonds in I, J and even K colors when working toward a larger size or more savings with great success.

I would personally recommend any I colored Crafted by Infinity as a wonderfully “white” diamond without a second thought, even in larger sizes.

And the way the Crafted by Infinity J and even K colored 2-carat diamonds fly off the shelves proves how the cut quality of these diamonds demolishes the old, outdated preconceptions about those color grades.

This is how I think of it -

Have you ever gotten one of those HUGE paint fan decks? Where there are literally 100s of colors of whites? And when they are RIGHT next to each other you can TOTALLY tell that one is bluer/colder and one is a bit warmer and which one is one is TOTALLY warmer. One there's one that's slightly greener. One that's slightly pinker? But really, they are all “white”.

Then you pick one after agonizing over this white or that white and when it's on the walls and people are like: "Oh. You painted again. And it's STILL white. Great."

And you're all... BUT it's BLUE white. Or it's a WARM white now. It used to be ____ white. It's TOTALLY different.

It's like that. You are talking about shades of white. E is colder... H is warmer and J warmer still. But it's all white.

If you were to compare two Crafted by Infinity diamonds, one E and one H, upside down under diffused grading lamps in a white laboratory color card you would be able to see the difference - just like you could see a difference painting your walls a warm white, but painting the crown molding a cold/straight white. 

And that's why you have a price jump between H and E. Compared in the most clinical manner, as they were compared at the lab, one is clearly whiter than the other face down.

But unlike the warm walls and white crown molding, when you face those E and H diamonds up and compare them where light return comes into play that difference becomes hard to detect.

Then when you set those E and H diamonds in mountings and place them on the hand it's going to be virtually impossible to know which is which without placing them next to each other, and looking at them from the side again. The clinical differences seen when they were compared upside down still exist, but thanks to extreme  light return they will both appear similarly white and bright.

Also,  unlike the previous paint example, you wouldn’t normally wear an H diamond right next to an E diamond . You would wear it alone, or set with similar colored diamonds, or perhaps accented by colored gemstones.

What I am basically saying is this -

Being able to see color just means your eyes work. Being color sensitive is not the same as seeing color. Being color sensitive means you see a color and it bothers you. That’s a subjective, not objective, call.  Only you can decide what bothers you. But, when you're examining diamonds and considering your balance and blend of "Cs" keep that in mind.

Just because you see color, doesn’t mean you are "color sensitive."

Layla R

Layla R

Layla R became addicted to jewelry participating on the world's #1 online diamond and jewelry advice forum. With over 40,000 posts under the consumer user-name Gypsy she's helped countless people navigate their first diamond purchases. Many jewelry companies pursued her over the years but she waited for the opportunity to join the team at HP Diamonds; because her consumer experience here reflected her own ethics, quality standards and strongly valued transparency. Layla has been happily helping shoppers find their dream jewelry here since January of 2018.

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