Here's Why I Didn't Choose a White Diamond Engagement Ring

Fashion blogger Courtney Quinn of Color Me Courtney put her own twist on tradition to find the perfect ring.
by Farah Prince

When you’re known for your love of bold and colorful outfits, it’s a safe bet that your choice of engagement ring will mirror that. And that’s exactly what happened when fashion blogger Courtney Quinn of Color Me Courtney started looking for her ring. “I don’t own black pumps and I won’t wear a white dress on my wedding,” says Courtney. “So a classic white diamond was never even a consideration for me.”

With that in mind, she and her fiance Paris Sims turned to the experts at Simon G. Jewelry for a custom yellow diamond sparkler that fit both her personality and love of color. The team worked closely with the couple to guide them through the process of creating a one of a kind ring. “First we spoke about the vision Courtney had for her ring: her likes, dislikes and style preferences. Based off of that, we suggested several rings for her try on,” says Brooke Brinkman, the VP of marketing and communications at Simon G. “They chose elements from each ring that they liked best and our team sketched a few designs for them to review. After several rounds of feedback, we arrived at a design they loved.”

Considering a colorful diamond for your own engagement ring? There are a few things to keep into mind when assessing its quality. Three of the 4C’s still apply (cut, clarity and carat weight) but when it comes to color, fancy colored diamonds have a color description such as 'Fancy Vivid Yellow,” instead of the traditional letter grade on the scale of D through Z. And unlike colorless diamonds, fancy colored diamonds usually aren’t made in standardized set cuts like “Round Brilliant.” They’re cut to enhance the color, not to maximize the sparkle or brilliance.

Although Courtney’s ring is custom,  Simon G. Jewelry offers a range of colorful bridal jewelry, like this option here. Read on below to see why Courtney chose her unique yellow diamond ring.

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Have you always wanted a colored diamond? 

Absolutely! I’ve always thought of white diamonds as classic and delicate and I’m neither of those things. I wanted a ring that reflected my personality and vibrance and a classic diamond couldn’t do that. And though I never wanted a classic diamond, I wasn’t sold on a gemstone alternative like citrine either. Yellow diamonds are the perfect compromise because they’re still a diamond, but they have a rare and special quality that means you’ll usually be the only one in the room wearing one.
What made you choose the color yellow?
I’ve wanted a yellow diamond for as long as I can remember. I went through a phase where I thought I’d like an emerald-colored center stone, but I always came back to yellow diamonds. They’re colorful and vibrant, but not wild and crazy enough that I’ll get sick of it in a few years. I don't like to play favorites where colors are concerned, but yellow goes with everything and I wear it year-round. 

How did you choose your custom ring design?
I knew I wanted a fairly simple setting and the team at Simon G. helped a lot by showing Paris and I what design would look best and make the color more vibrant. I didn’t think a double halo setting would be where we landed, but based on their recommendations, Paris was able to create something special that met all of my needs.
What advice would you give to a bride considering a colorful diamond?
Make sure it’s something you’ve thought about extensively and that you really love the color you choose, because it’s quite a commitment. Also, make sure your friends and family know you want a colorful ring ahead of time, so they can tip off your significant other if you’re not ring shopping together. Paris knew I didn’t want a classic diamond because he knows me and my love for yellow, so that helped him make the right decision.

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