February 19, 2017

Why K Color Diamond is Perfect for Yellow Gold Rings

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Shopping for an engagement ring on a limited budget? Consider a K colored diamond for your yellow gold band. Read on to see why it's a good choice.

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A K-colored diamond is at the top of the Faint range (K-M). A yellow tint is more noticeable at this point. Usually, online retailers don't sell diamonds for engagement rings less than a K.

So does this mean you should avoid K colored diamonds? Are they too yellow?

Nope. In fact, they are perfect for yellow gold settings.

The warmness of the K diamond matches a yellow gold band perfectly. And you'll also be saving a lot of money. There is a significant price jump down to the Faint range, as much as 25% less than J diamonds, and 40% less than H diamonds.

In this guide, we're going to show real examples of K colored diamonds (using online retailer James Allen) and to discuss when it's a good choice.

What K Colored Diamonds Look Like

First of all, I bet you're really curious to know just how yellow a K diamond looks.

Here are some face-up views of K diamonds and their side views.

Screenshot from James Allen Website

There are varying degrees of yellow-ness. At this grade, the yellow could be noticed by an untrained eye. Even without comparing to another diamond of a higher color grade.

Now let's see how it compares to some other color grades.

Screenshot from James Allen Website

The above is a comparison of K (Faint), H (Near Colorless), and F (Colorless). The yellow tint is more apparent when laid next to whiter stones.

Examples of K Diamonds in Yellow Gold Bands

But this doesn't mean that K diamonds are poor quality or bad! They just have their own uses. K colored diamonds are beautiful set in yellow gold or rose gold bands.

A diamond will naturally pick up the color of its environment (in this case, the band). Even an icy-white diamond will appear more yellow when set in a yellow gold band. So it's necessary to spend more money on a diamond with a high color grade. Warm-toned diamonds are perfect.

Here are a couple of examples of K colored diamonds in yellow gold bands:

Screenshot from James Allen Website

The warmth of the K diamond complements the yellow band perfectly.

And here's how K looks like in rose gold:

Screenshot from James Allen Website

James Allen's solitaire and tapered pavetapered pavé rings

We think K is gorgeous set against rose gold too.

Tip: If you're not sure how the color of your diamond will look against the band color, you can view different scenarios on James Allen. For each setting option, you can play with different metals and diamond characteristics and view an HD 360-degree video for each.

What About Fancy Shaped K Diamonds?

Fancy shaped diamonds appear more yellow. The round brilliant cut does the best job at reflecting light, so it appears the whitest. Fancy shaped diamonds hold more color.

For example, emerald and asscher cuts offer a large window straight into the diamond, thus revealing color. Pear, oval, and marquise cuts trap color at the tips.

Screenshot from James Allen Website

Examples of K colored emerald, marquise, and oval

For fancy shaped diamonds set in yellow gold, we recommend you don't go below an I (or J if you're on more of a budget).

But we've noticed that the setting greatly affects how the diamond appears. If you do want to consider K for fancy shapes, we don't recommend solitaire, as this setting really puts all the attention on the diamond. And the areas where yellow is trapped will be more easily seen.

But settings like the halo or bezel will complement a K diamond much better. Because there is a ring of metal around the stone, the diamond will blend into its surroundings much better.

Check out these two beautiful, warm-toned rings with K diamonds:

Screenshot from James Allen Website

K diamonds in oval halo and emerald halo

Final Tips for K Colored Diamonds

Here are some final things to keep in mind when shopping for a K colored diamond:

  • Match side stones. If your setting has large side stones, such as the three-stone setting, then it's important that the color of the side stones match the center stone. When diamonds are right next to each other, it's easier to see color differences. Check with a representative to ensure they can match the side stones to J/K. (Note: this doesn't matter for small side stones, such as with the pavé setting.)

  • Put the money towards an ideal cut. A well-cut diamond will give off more brilliance and fire, and thus also give a boost in color. There's nothing wrong with having a warm-toned diamond, but let's make sure it also sparkles!

  • Go up to J for larger-sized stones. Larger stones also hold more color. If your diamond is well over 1 carat, then consider going up a grade in color.

Bottom Line

A K colored diamond is a great choice if you're working on a limited budget. But we only recommend it for rings set in yellow gold or rose gold settings.

Of course, it all comes down to personal preference. A K colored diamond is an extremely good value buy if you're on a budget and enjoy a warmer look. But some people also like the contrast of a whiter diamond against yellow gold. And that's perfectly okay too if you have the budget for it.

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