Diamond color guide

diamond color guide Posted On : 02-01-2018

Diamonds composed of 100% pure carbon without any impurities render completely colorless diamonds. However, almost all diamonds contain some degree of color impurity caused by lingering traces of nitrogen, boron, hydrogen or other elements. If you’re buying a diamond, be aware that the most valuable diamonds have the least amount of color, no diamond color. However, it is important to note that there is a class of diamonds known as fancy diamonds which are actual colored diamonds, including blue diamonds, pink diamonds and even yellow diamonds. This articles about diamond color guide might be helpful to diamond lovers or people who are planning to buy diamond in near future. Shree Balaji Diamond has a good diamond consultant service so that you can choose best diamond for you or your loved ones.



What Color Grade Should I Choose?

The most important attribute in determining diamond cost after carat weight is its color. Appearance difference between diamonds graded as colorless and near colorless is generally not detectible to the average consumer, but cost vary considerable between these two color group diamonds.

Assuming you are looking for a round brilliant diamond, you have a bit more flexibility in your color grade, because the sparkle and shine the brilliant cut gives it makes it more difficult to detect color. In this instance, anything over I color is usually more than adequate, and will appear completely colorless to the untrained eye unless held up against a diamond that is at least 3 color grades above it, such as an F or E colored diamond. You save a significant amount with lower color grade leads to increase carat weight for a larger diamond, or consider a  better diamond with more shine and sparkle.

Let’s take a look at some examples for comparison:

D-color                                H-color                              M-color

Diamond experts who claim that a completely colorless diamond creates light refraction that is too harsh and is unpleasant to the eye. If you are looking into a very bright spotlight, you can’t really see anything. However, when the light is slightly dimmed you can see details with good viewing experience which is  enjoyable. According to experts, it is preferred to get a diamond with a less color, which will soften the light and make it easier to view the entire spectrum of color that is given off when the diamond scintillates.

When you are looking for ring settings with sidestones, make sure that the color gradings of all sidestones and your centerstone are comparable. Especially with 3 stone diamond rings, assure that the color ranges are at least within 1 grade of each other for all stones.


Color Grading: How it Works

When grading a diamond’s color, the stone is examined face-down under carefully controlled light. The diamond’s color is then compared to a “master stone” which has a predetermined diamond color.


Diamond Color

  • D- 100% Colorless. The highest color grade a diamond can receive. D graded diamonds are extremely rare and very highly priced.
  • E,F- Exceptionally transparent. Extremely difficult to detect the traces of color in an E or F graded diamond. These diamonds are rare and highly priced
  • G,H- Nearly Colorless. Unless these diamonds are compared next to a master stone of higher color grade, color is nearly indiscernible. When face up these diamond appear nearly colorless. These diamonds are still rare, but slightly less expensive and are considered a good value.
  • I,J- Nearly Colorless. Color in these diamonds is slightly detectable. The slight amount of color is imperceptible by the unaided eye once the diamond has been mounted. These diamonds are of superior value, and therefore compose the majority of diamonds that are used for engagement rings, earrings and pendants.
  • K-M- Faint Yellow. Noticeable color, although some diamonds in this range can still be fiery and beautiful.
  • N-Z- Very Light or Light Yellow. Noticeable color. These diamonds are not fit to be sold as gemstones, unless you specifically would like to have a diamond with an amber color.

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