Diamond Color Guide

taylor saba

Posted on September 14 2020

Diamond color is the hue of a diamond based on the GIA diamond color scale, which grades the diamond’s color on a spectrum of D (colorless) to Z (light yellow hue). The absence of color is what determines both its grade and value, as well as has a significant impact on its appearance. Diamond color grade is typically determined with the diamond face down and the culet acing up set against a pure white surface, following a grading scale of D (colorless) to Z (faint yellow).
diamond color chart

Colorless (D,E,F)

Highest-quality color grade a diamond can receive. A D-color diamond is extremely rare and emits unrivaled brilliance.

Containing very minute traces of color, an E or F-color rated diamond emits a high level of brilliance and sparkle.

Colorless (D,E,F)

Near Colorless (G,H,I,J)

Containing noticeable color only when compared to higher color grades, G or H color diamonds provide an excellent value.

Whereas an I or J-color diamond typically appears colorless to the untrained eye yet contains slightly detectable color.

Near Colorless (G,H,I,J)

Faint Yellow (K,L,M)

Faint color is noticeable. Even with the presence of color, these grades of diamonds can emit fire and beauty.

Consider selecting a lower color when setting in yellow gold as color will be not as apparent.

Faint Yellow (K,L,M)

 

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