Diamond Color: Understanding the Diamond Color Chart
When we mention color in a diamond, a higher diamond color grade refers to the absence of color inside the stone. A perfect diamond has absolutely no color, like a drop of water. The less color a stone has, the more valuable and desirable it is. Colorless diamonds, also often referred to as white diamonds, are the traditional diamond of choice for anniversary, wedding, or engagement rings, stud earrings and solitaire pendants.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the most regarded diamond grading system in the industry. GIA grades diamonds based on their degree of colorlessness; grade D is perfectly colorless and considered the rarest and most valuable. Grade Z has the lowest color value, therefore it is least valuable.
The Color Range
Color Grade D – Diamonds are perfectly colorless. Being the highest grade diamond, they are all extremely rare and valuable.
Color Grade E & F – These diamonds are considered colorless with just microscopic traces of color that can only be seen by the trained eye. They too are rare and extremely valuable.
Color Grade G & H – Diamonds are virtually colorless. A faint hint of color can be detected in a side-by-side comparison against a diamond of better grade.
Color Grade I & J – Diamonds are ‘near colorless’, however, rather than being white, the diamond takes on an off-white tone, but is still an excellent value.
Color Grade K - Z – These diamonds are noticeably yellow and progressively increase in tone as the letters proceed through the alphabet. Diamonds in these grades, however, should not be confused with Fancy Yellow diamonds or Canary diamonds (the most vivid of all yellow diamonds) as those diamonds are rare and extremely valuable.
At Diamond Studs Wholesale, you will find only the finest quality diamonds with color graded D-K. All our diamonds are graded by Graduate Gemologists, and each diamond purchase is accompanied by a gemological report.