Understanding what diamond color grade means helps in choosing the right diamond. Interestingly, the diamond color grade evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color.
It's very rare to find a diamond that doesn't have any color at all. To tell the truth, diamonds are found in almost any naturally occurring color; including gray, white, green, brown, and pink.
Quick General Info about Diamond Color
- the 4Cs of Diamonds - cut, color, clarity, and carat weight - the most important characteristics to understand when making a diamond purchase.
-The value of a diamond is determined by the absence of color.
- The design of a ring's setting can affect the appearance of the color of a diamond
- Only certified grading professionals should determine a diamond's. color grade.
With all of the 4C's, the diamond color grade is an important consideration when buying a diamond. Even though color affects the prices numerous factors can help you pick which color grade is right for you.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) color scale is the industry standard for diamond grading. The GIA diamond color grades range from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown). The GIA does start their diamond grading scale starts at D. The GIA set out to standardize these diverse systems and started their scale fresh with a grade of D.
A variety of other systems were used loosely, from A, B, and C (used without clear definition), to Arabic (0, 1, 2, 3) and Roman (I, II, III) numbers, to descriptive terms like "gem blue" or "blue-white," which are notorious for misinterpretation.
Diamond Grades At Gold Presidents From D (Colorless) To Z (Light)
Colorless diamonds: The rarest and highest quality with a pure icy look.
D-F Color Diamonds
Near-colorless diamonds: No discernible color; great value for the quality.
G-H Color Diamonds
I-J Color Diamonds
Faint color diamonds: Budget-friendly pick; pairs beautifully with yellow gold.
K-M Color Diamonds
Very Light Yellow: Very light more visible colored
N-R Color Diamonds
Light Yellow: Bright yellow or brown tint is noticeable
S-V Color Diamond
W-Z Color Diamond
Helpful Hint: Diamond prices decline or increase in alphabetical order.
It All Starts With Your Budget. The absence of color in a diamond is the rarest and therefore, the most expensive. While the majority of our customers choose a D or E color grade, many go with a beautiful near-colorless grade to make the most of their budget and allocate more on the best cut that they can afford (which gives them more sparkle).
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