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Diamond Color

After diamond cut, diamond color is the second most important characteristic to consider when choosing a diamond. The highest quality diamonds are colorless, while those of lower quality have noticeable color, which manifests as pale yellow in diamonds.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades diamond color on a scale of D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown). D-Z diamonds are also known as white diamonds, even though most diamonds, including H color diamonds and G color diamonds, have varying amounts of color.

Diamond Colors According To The Diamond Color Chart

The GIA diamond color scale is the leading industry standard of diamond color grading. Before this was the standard, other color grading scales used A, B and C, so GIA started their scale at D to avoid confusion.

There are six categories on the GIA diamond chart, with color grades that range from absolutely colorless to light in color. Diamonds rated D are the most devoid of color and very rare, whereas G color diamonds and H color diamonds are near colorless, and since they’re priced lower they are excellent value diamonds. The more you move down the color chart, the lower the color grade is, and the more noticeable the light yellow hue becomes.

D Diamond Example
L-Z
K
J
I
H
G
F
E
D

D Color Diamonds (Absolutely Colorless)

D color diamond is the highest grade and is extremely rare—the highest color grade that money can buy. Eight percent of customers choose a D color diamond.

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Diamond Color Buying Tips

If you're looking to buy fine diamond jewelry such as an engagement ring, it's important to understand how diamond color affects price. Here are a few buying tips and things to know about diamond color.

Shop Blue Nile Diamonds by Color Grade

Blue Nile offers the top tiers of color in diamonds from Colorless (D-F) to Near Colorless (G-J) to a Faint Color (K).

  • to assure that your diamond will be high-quality and beautiful.
  • to assure that any natural color present is nearly undetectable to the naked eye.
  • provide a wide variety of options whether you want maximum sparkle or to maximize your budget

Colorless Diamonds

Near Colorless Diamonds

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White Diamonds vs. Colored Diamonds

When is color a good thing? When it refers to the rainbow spectrum of colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple, and more – that diamonds come in. These are known as Colored Diamonds. Only one in every 10,000 diamonds possess natural color, and the more intense the color, the more rare and valuable the diamond. Colored Diamonds are graded on a separate diamond color scale and can be even more valuable than white diamonds.

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