Color of a diamond refers to the saturation of color in the diamond. More color present in the diamond means that some of the colors will be filtered out when the light is reflected back thus lessening the fire in the diamond. Colorless diamonds are rarer to find and more appealing to the eye and as such more valuable.
Each diamond can be put in one of the following color categories:
D Color: Absolutely colorless. The clearest diamond color grade, which is very rare. E Color: Extremely colorless. Trained gemologists can detect slight color. A high-quality diamond.
F Color: Colorless. Only trained gemologists can detect color. Lowest of the colorless grades.
G Color: Very Near-colorless. When compared to better color grades, very slight color detectable, but is a much better value.
H Color: Near-colorless. When compared to better color grades, slight color detectable, but is a much better value.
I Color: Near-colorless. An excellent value set in 18K or Platinum.
J Color: Color slightly detectable. An excellent value set in 18K or Platinum.
K-M Color: Color is very noticeable. My Solitaire carries a selected number of K and L color Diamonds.
N-Z Color: Lowest grades of color. My Solitaire does not carry Diamonds of this color. These diamonds start falling into the fancy colored diamond range.
Most of our diamonds fall between D and J color but if we see a value for our customers in K and L colors we add that to our diamond selection as well.
Some people confuse the fluorescence of a diamond with its color but what needs to be pointed out is that fluorescence is only detectable by a trained gemologist under special lights. Some fluorescence makes the diamond look brighter and whiter while others make the diamond look hazier.
July 28, 2006 | Back to article list