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What you need to know about diamonds: A four part series – Color

In nature, diamonds are found with a wide array of color, from colorless, to faint yellow or even brown, to rare pinks, blues, and greens and other colors known as “fancies.” Selecting a diamond color is a matter of preference. Most diamonds have at least a trace of yellow, brown or grey body color. In general, the more colorless a diamond, the greater it’s value.
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) scale of color is graded from D, which has the least color, through to Z, which has a light yellow color. You’ll find that truly colorless diamonds are treasured for their beauty, quality and rarity.

Most diamonds that are sold for jewelry today, are considered near colorless, which on the color scale would be between a G and J. Beyond the J grade, the human eye will start to detect a yellow tint to the diamond. A D color diamond is a rare jewel, and it will cost you. If you move down the color scale toward H or I, you’ll find a diamond that still appears white, but is more affordable.

After cut, color is generally considered the second most important characteristic when selecting a diamond. This is because the human eye tends to detect a diamond’s sparkle first, and color second.

Choosing the right color for your diamond is based on personal preference. It’s important to remember that you are generally searching for a stone with little to no color. Many of these color distinctions are so subtle that they are invisible to the untrained eye; yet, these distinctions make a very big difference in diamond quality and price. However, even when a stone has a visible tint, it can still be very lovely when mixed with good clarity and cut.