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Diamonds Color Chart Guide : What is Diamond Colour?

Diamond Color is simply a color of a diamond which it holds. It refers to the “WHITENESS of a diamond or its lack of a color. Diamond with no or less colour have great value compare to yellow or brown tint. Some hue or color like (natural) pink, blue, red are highly expensive. Chemically pure stone with perfect structure are colourless and rear. Diamond color may be affected by chemical impurities and defects in crystal lattice.

Diamond color is also one of the most important elements while choosing a diamond. Deciding a perfect color diamond can help you save a lot of money. That’s why, after cut, color is the next most important characteristic to consider when choosing a diamond.

Side By Side Diamond Color Comparison

Diamond ColorDiamonds with less color allow more light to pass, resulting into more brilliance and fire. So, the less color within the diamond, the more rare and valuable it is likely to be. A Diamond has a range of different colors. In order to find out which diamonds are of which colors, diamond color-grading scales have been created by the worlds most well-known GIA Lab.

Generally the Scale ranges from Colorless, to Near Colorless, to Faint Yellow, to Very Light Yellow, to Light Yellow. This Color Grades is given a letter value by the GIA system, ranging from D for perfectly colorless, to Z for highly colored diamonds (some yellow or brown tint). Other Fancy Colors, such as blue, orange, red, green, and more intense yellows and browns, have their own color grading nomenclature. And most of the diamonds are graded on a scale measuring the varying degrees of their lack of color or whiteness.

Now, let’s study each and every color of a diamond with detailed information.

Understanding of Diamond ColorDiamond Color grading scale by GIA

Colorless Diamonds (D-F)

D color DiamondE color DiamondF color Diamond
- Highest color graded
- Extremely Rare & Expensive
- Can only be distinguished from D color by expert gemologists.
- Rare and Slightly cheaper
- Least Expensive in premium diamonds.
- Slight color detected by an expert but still a high quality diamond.

Near Colorless Diamonds (G-J)

G color diamond H color diamond I color diamond J color diamond
– Highest color
graded in this
– Traces of color
cannot be seen
by Naked Eye.
– Slight traces of
color is visible only
in side-by-side
– Offers great value
for a money.
– Color is slightly
seen when
compared to
better grades.
– Offers great value
for a money.
– Gives a hint
of visible color
by naked eye.
– Least expensive
in this category.

Faint Color Diamonds (K-M)

k color diamondL color diamondm color diamond
  • Diamonds in this category shows a Yellow/Brown tint
  • Becomes easier to detect color with naked eye
  • Reasonably priced diamonds.

Very Light Color Diamonds (N-R)

Very Light Color Diamonds (N-R)

  • Diamonds graded between N-R shows a Yellow or Brown tint.
  • Can be easily visible with the naked eyes.
  • Their Noticeable color makes these diamonds much more affordable.

Light Colored Diamonds (S-Z)

  • Diamonds graded between S-Z have an obvious visible color.
  • It has clear yellow or brown tones.
  • These diamonds are least offered by the companies.

Therefore, this clearly says that the more colorless a diamond is, the higher it is graded on the scale.
And, In terms of pricing, diamonds with a higher grade will be more costly, while diamonds rating lower on the scale, thus having more color, will normally prove to be less costly. So, choosing appropriate color of a diamond can be the biggest factor to save the cost.

Video : Diamond Color Scale By GIA

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Fancy Colored Diamonds

fancy-color-diamondsFancy Colored diamonds are graded on a completely different scale. There is a distinct difference visually between a “yellow” diamond in the S-Z range and a yellow diamond that is considered a ‘Fancy’ color. GIA has also developed a specific set of parameters to find out one from another. Fancy Color of a diamond is also based on different intensity.
For example of a Pink color – It can be Light Pink, Fancy Pink, Intense Pink, Deep Pink, and Vivid Pink.

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