- Apr 5, 2009
Date: 6/11/2010 1:10:49 PM
Date: 6/11/2010 12:54:49 PM
Thanks, Karl, for these descriptions and photos. Your descriptions match what I see in real life. Perhaps this is why the photo of the ring on my hand, to me, shows the actual color (M) of the stone the best -- because the stone is getting ''red zone'' lighting?
Every stone is different in which lighting it will most show the body color.
That''s why color is graded face down in non-fancy colors.
The lighting that body color shows best in photographs is often not the lighting that it will show best to the eye.
They operate is different ways.
cameras almost always clip the highlights and show the midtones if left in auto mode.
That''s because people are mid-tones and they are calibrated to take pictures of people.
The eye on the other had reacts most to highlights (the brightest light in an area).
The human brain makes them do that so they are not damaged by bright lights and to avoid pain.
Thanks -- I think your response demonstrates why color selection seems to cause the most angst among diamond buyers on this forum and why it so difficult for us to advise them. Each diamond is different, each lighting condition changes the appearance of the stone, and each viewer is different. And photographs don''t tell the whole story. Good to know when making color recommendations.