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Understand Diamond Color

What Is Diamond Color?

Did you know that it’s very rare to find a diamond that doesn’t have any color at all? In fact, diamonds are found in almost any naturally occurring color, including gray, white, yellow, green, brown, and pink.

Some General Info About Diamond Color

  • Part of diamond valuation is determined by the absence of color.
  • Only certified grading professionals should determine a diamond’s color grade.
  • The tone of a ring’s setting can affect the appearance of diamond color.

A diamond’s color refers to how clear or yellow it is. In general, the highest quality diamonds are totally colorless, whereas lower quality diamonds can often have a slight yellow tint.

Diamond color is measured using a scale from the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, which goes from D (colorless) all the way to Z (light yellow or brown in color). Between D and Z, there are numerous diamond color grades, ranging from near colorless to slightly yellow.

When you’re looking for diamonds to purchase, the diamond color is one aspect of the buying process that you shouldn’t overlook. Diamonds can vary hugely in price based on their color, meaning that picking the right color for your specific needs could help you save a lot of money without affecting the appearance of your fiancé-to-be’s ring.

Distinctly colored diamonds are prized pieces and are available in colors such as blue, pink and yellow. In white diamonds, however, a yellow tint is generally not seen as desirable.

This is because when slight coloring is present, less natural color of the light is reflected back to the eye. The more colorless a diamond is, generally the more radiant, valuable, and rare it is as well.

Colorless diamonds are definitely scarce and rank much higher on the color grading scale than a diamond that has even the softest touch of yellow.


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