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Importance of Diamond Color 

The color, or in actuality the lack of color, is another factor to examine when selecting a diamond. While it is often difficult to make subtle distinctions in color with the naked eye, these different grades have a significant impact on value and quality. The less body color a diamond has the more desirable and rare it becomes. 

Grading a Diamond’s Color 

The size of a diamond will have an impact on the perception of color in the diamond because it is more difficult to see color in diamonds that are less than a half-carat. The way that the diamond is mounted and the metal type will also have an impact on the perceived color.. The standard grading systems for color were developed by the GIA . The GIA grading system is based on a scale of D (colorless) to Z (light color) 

Diamond Color Scale by AGS 

Colorless (D-F)

These color grades are the most desirable because of their lack of color. Certified Gemologists can detect the subtle differences between D, E and F by evaluating the diamond while it is un-mounted and through the back to give the clearest impression of its actual body color. A colorless diamond is truly a stunning sight to behold, and sure to make any piece look extraordinary.

Grading Diamonds by Color - Colorless

Near Colorless (G-J)

Diamonds that fall into the near colorless category contain small traces of color, but the color is still somewhat difficult to detect to the naked eye. Still considered above average, diamonds in this range are often found as accent diamonds in finished jewelry and as center diamonds in rings.

Diamond Color Scale - Near Colorless


Key Points

·         Color refers to a diamond's lack of color, grading the whiteness of a diamond.

·         A color grade of D is the highest possible, while Z is the lowest.

· only sells diamonds with a color grade of J or higher.

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