Diamonds 101: Introduction to Diamond Color

When you first heard the term “Diamond Color,” you probably thought something like, “But I want my diamond to be clear!” And you’d be right – the measure of diamond color is actually a measurement of lack of color. According to the Gemological Institute of America, “A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value.”

You may not be able to see with your own eyes the difference between the different grades of colors, but they do heavily influence the quality of your diamond and, of course, how much your diamond will cost.  

The GIA grades color from D-Z, D being absolutely colorless. The GIA used a D-Z scale rather than A-Z as there were many classification systems used before a standard was created. These systems might have been A, B, C, or numerical. By starting at D, the GIA was able to create a grading system that was adopted universally and would not be confused with other, less strict, systems.

Despite what you might be led to believe, diamonds that are graded at the low end of the scale are not “fancy-color diamonds.” Any fancy color diamonds are outside what is considered normal, and often have more color than even a Z-graded stone.

Your budget may determine what color grade you purchase. But, the good news is, even diamonds as low as M can be made to look stunning. The important part is to choose the right setting to highlight your stone. Consult an expert and always see your stone in its setting before purchasing! The shape of your diamond combined with the color and shape of your setting will have a huge impact on the perception of the color of your stone. Here are a few suggestions:

White Gold or Platinum Solitaire Ring

This setting will allow an H-J graded round diamond to still appear brilliant. For a princess shape, go with G-I. Any other shapes, you can go with F-H.

Yellow Gold Ring

For a round shape, anything higher than a K will look tinted because of the gold, so don’t spend exorbitant amounts of money on a perfect diamond. For princess, emerald, or asscher shapes, stick with a J or K.

Pave or Side-stone

Round, princess, emerald, and asscher cuts will look best in the G-I range. All others you will want to opt for F-H. The same rule for halo settings, as well.

Overall, while the color of your diamond does play a role in the quality and price of your diamond, you can certainly find ways to make a lesser-rated color look beautiful!

Frederick, Maryland’s Diamond Experts

No matter what cut or color you are looking for, trust the diamond experts at Gold Thumb Jewelry to help you find the stone of your dreams. Contact us today!


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