If you’re shopping for an engagement ring, chances are you’re looking for a beautiful colorless diamond to fill the setting. But did you know that there are extensive diamond color grade scales, and every colorless diamond is examined thoroughly before its sale?
And, there are also fancy colored diamonds that naturally come in all sorts of colors and are graded entirely differently!
So what’s the best diamond color for you? And how are diamonds valued based on their color grade? Read on to find out!
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Why does diamond color matter?
Did you know that a colorless diamond is considered more valuable than a diamond that has tinges of yellow or brown in it? A white diamond or colorless diamond with a yellowish or brownish tinge is generally seen as less desirable.
This is because a truly colorless diamond is rarer and more spectacular than its yellowish counterparts.
Any faint hue in a colorless diamond prevents natural light from being reflected and refracted off the gemstone, meaning a purely colorless diamond is usually more radiant and fiery.
When looking to buy a diamond, thinking about the best diamond color for you is important. Because prices vary so much, choosing the best diamond color can often mean choosing the diamond that’s as colorless as possible without breaking the bank.
And, to make things even more confusing, diamonds can come naturally in a huge range of gorgeous colors. These have a completely different diamond color scale which we’ll cover further down!
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) color grade scale is considered the industry standard for grading diamond color. But, other gemological laboratories can produce a diamond grading report, too.
Before buying a colorless diamond, make sure it’s been graded by a reputable laboratory!
The GIA diamond color chart grades diamonds into five different groups from letters D through Z, based on the diamond color:
D-F: Colorless diamond—the rarest diamond color.
G-J: Nearly colorless diamond—very difficult to see any color.
K-M: Faintly colored diamond—still difficult to see the color depending on the setting
N-R: Very lightly colored diamond—easier to see the color, especially in larger diamonds
S-Z: Lightly colored diamond—much easier to see color in diamonds of all sizes
So a D color diamond is the most colorless diamond possible, whereas a G color, H color, or J color will be slightly tinged yellow diamond.
A colored diamond is graded differently from a colorless diamond
A colored diamond is a diamond that is very distinctly colored and, like other gemstones, can come in many colors, including yellow, pink, red, blue, purple, and black. A colored stone is usually called a fancy colored diamond, and they are often considered prized pieces.
Any fancy color diamond is generally much rarer than a colorless diamond, and they are graded differently, too. Usually, they’re graded based on the color intensity.
Imagine red diamonds that are a deep crimson compared to more rose-colored diamonds. As you can imagine, the deeper or more vivid the color, the more valuable it’s considered.
Important things to remember with diamond color
Firstly, the more colorless a diamond is, the more valuable it tends to be. But, make sure it gets graded by a reputable professional! This will also ensure that the diamond is real rather than fake.
The difference between similar grades—like D color compared with E color—is very small. So don’t worry too much about getting the perfect color grade.
Don’t worry too much about the exact grade if the diamond color looks good to you. At the end of the day, it’s going on your ring, and whether you like it or not is all that matters!
Other things can affect how the diamond color looks, including whether the setting is yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold. You can usually get away with a slightly lower color grade in yellow gold rather than white gold. For instance, an L color diamond will often look great on yellow gold, but in white gold will appear with a slight yellow tint. This is because the colored metal of yellow gold masks the color of the diamond.
The diamond cut can also affect how the color appears because the diamond shape affects how light plays off the facets. So, make sure you choose a color grade that matches the cut!
Color grade isn’t everything! Remember, there are 4Cs when buying a diamond—diamond clarity, cut, carat, and color. Yes, we all want that amazing, perfectly colorless diamond that sparkles gorgeously. But, make sure to consider everything when choosing your gem.