Diamond Color

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What is Diamond Color?

The diamond color indicates the absence or presence of other chemical elements that could give the stone a series of yellow shades.

Diamonds consist of a crystal framework of carbon atoms that are colorless without the inclusion of other minerals. Therefore, exposure to other materials can create different colors ranging from green to pink to red.

Black diamonds indicate large graphite inclusions.

Diamond Color Characteristic

Diamond Color: General Information

  • The color of the diamond is an essential part of the evaluation of the stone.

  • A series of analyses performed by professionals equipped with the correct instrumentation can determine a diamond's color.

  • The type of setting can interfere with the appearance of the diamond's color.

GIA Diamond Color Scale

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What is the GIA Diamond Color Scale?

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) color scale is the reference point for the entire World Diamond Industry. Many wonders why the GIA diamond grading scale starts with the letter D.

The GIA set out to standardize the system and started their scale from scratch with a D grade, like the diamond's initial!

Diamond Color Scale

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D Color Diamonds (Absolutely Colorless)

D Colored Diamonds belong to the rarest category, defined as "absolutely colorless" — a crystal made up of pure carbon atoms without any external presence. The maximum expression of nature in the mineral field, no matter the shape and cut selected. A wonder of whose market price can take on significant levels.

A Diamond color that bears a polar white glow.

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E Color Diamonds (Colorless)

E Colored Diamonds are rare and colorless minerals, such as those classified as "D". Their difference is almost impossible to see with the naked eye; what can only see them with sophisticated tools or by comparison.

These diamonds have reflections like polar ice. 

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F Color Diamonds (Colorless)

F colored diamonds are of very high quality and are colorless minerals. Therefore, a gemologist can only detect the slightest color differences between diamonds of color"D, E, and F".

These diamonds are the most popular to be mounted on white gold or platinum settings. 

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G Color Diamonds (Near Colorless)

G colored diamonds have a very slight yellow tinge, compared to the first color categories, "D, E, and F". However, this difference is difficult to detect without higher quality diamonds placed side by side.

80% of buyers focus on this type of color.

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H Color Diamonds (Near Colorless)

H Colored diamonds have a very slight yellow shade, not easily noticed from Diamonds of color "G".

Only a trained eye can see the difference between the color "G and H".

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I Color Diamonds (Near Colorless)

I Colored diamonds have the advantage of having an excellent commercial price and superb brilliance. The nuance on the yellow is more emphasized than the color "H".

It is a prevalent color, and in general, it is estimated that many diamond buyers buy this color category.

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J Color Diamonds (Near Colorless)

J colored diamonds look very good for their luster, even if their yellow shade is more pronounced than the "I" diamonds. Unfortunately, this feature is not visible to the naked eye except by comparing it side by side with colorless diamonds.

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K - Z Color Diamonds (Faint to Light Color)

K and Z colored diamonds have a strong influence of nitrogen in their crystalline structure. They, therefore, bring with them colors ranging from yellow to intense yellow.

This feature does not make them Fancies Diamonds as these exceptional diamonds have their own color scale.

Which is the best color for a diamond?

The absence of color in a diamond makes it very rare and therefore also of higher value. Our large and small cut diamonds are between D and G to provide maximum brilliance to the jewelry.

Depending on your budget, one can take into consideration the color of preference. 

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Diamond Color FAQ's

A diamond's color is an important characteristic that affects a diamond's beauty.

In the context of the general classifications of a diamond, the so-called 4Cs are very important at the time of purchase. Colorless diamonds have great prices, while numerous factors help you choose the right color for you.

A diamond's color is more visible in larger diamonds.

For us, a diamond must not fall below the J color to guarantee maximum brilliance to our jewels.

The difference between white diamonds and fancy colored diamonds

When does the color of a diamond become a plus? As mentioned before, fancies diamonds can come in greens, blues, reds, pinks, can be evaluated as rare. The more intense the color of these diamonds, the higher their value.

Fancies Diamonds are measured on a separate color scale and have a higher value than colorless diamonds.

Diamond color recommendations based on shape and setting. 

Some types of diamond cuts display their true color better than the brilliant cut, which can cost over 25% more. It is also essential to carefully choose the color of the precious metal. For example, a setting on yellow gold is better suited for a diamond of a lower color.

If in Platinum or White Gold, a colorless diamond appears with an icier look.

Diamond's 4C - Quality factors

Discover the quality elements of the diamond


oval diamond cut

A diamond's clarity is a fundamental characteristic of its brilliance of the gem. In the purity scale, diamond impurities are classified from "Internally Flawless" to "Included" visible to the naked eye.


heart diamond cut

A diamond's cut is a very delicate operation entrusted to expert cutting masters. The diamond is cut in many forms, among the main ones: round, oval, square, heart, pear, and emerald cut.


asscher diamond cut

The carat represents the unit of weight adopted in the gem trade. Diamond is the gem with the highest specific weight. This aspect is reflected in the mass of the gem, which is heavier for the same size compared to all other precious stones.