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Color Of A Diamond

The most important thing to know about color when it comes to diamonds is, in general, the less color a diamond has, the more valuable it is, all other factors being equal. Diamonds are found in nature in a wide range of colors, from completely colorless (the most desirable trait) to slightly yellow. The color grading system for diamonds uses the letters of the alphabet from D through Z.

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Diamond Color Grade

The right diamond can be chosen by understanding what the various diamond colors represent. It’s interesting to note that the majority of gem-quality diamonds’ diamond color evaluations are based on the lack of color. A diamond with the same colorlessness as a drop of colorless water and the same structural perfection as a diamond has a higher value. 

D to Z diamond color-grading technique compares a stone to master stones with known color values while exposing it to specific lighting and viewing circumstances in order to assess the level of colorlessness.

D – F Colorless Grade

Diamonds within the colorless range are the most rare and valuable of all those on the color scale. D/E color stones display virtually no color, whereas F colored diamonds will display a nearly undetected amount of color when viewed face down by a gemologist.

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G – J Near Colorless Grade

Diamonds within the near colorless range appear colorless in the face up position, but do display a slight amount of color when viewed face down against a perfectly white background. This trace amount of color will be undetectable to an untrained eye once the diamond has been mounted. Near colorless diamonds offer a tremendous value for their price.

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K – L Faint Color Grade

Diamonds within the faint color category may show a slight hint color when viewed in the face up position; however, these are another wonderful option for those who are not sensitive to color. Some even love the color scheme that is displayed from these diamonds.

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N – Z Light Color Grade

N-R (Very Light Color) and S-Z are two categories of color grade. Only D-M color grades are available at dimend SCAASI because we only want to provide the best.

How Diamond Color Affects Price?

The more colorless the diamond, the rarer and more valuable it is. However, this can be nearly impossible to do with the naked eye. When white diamonds are color graded, gemologists use the Diamond Color Scale. This is a scale from D to Z, meaning that white diamonds have 17 possible color grades.

Diamonds in the D category are the purest and colorless. These are the hardest to find in nature, meaning that they are the rarest and therefore most desired. This means that they are the most valuable diamonds. At the other end of the scale, diamonds in the Z category have a yellow tint.

Diamond Color Affecting Price

Differences in color dramatically af­fect diamond value. Even slightest hint of color can make a dramatic difference in value.

diamond color affecting price

Is Diamond Color Important?

The most important thing to know about color when it comes to diamonds is, in general, the less color a diamond has, the more valuable it is, all other factors being equal. Diamonds are found in nature in a wide range of colors, from completely colorless (the most desirable trait) to slightly yellow. The color grading system for diamonds uses the letters of the alphabet from D through Z.

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