UNDERSTANDING A DIAMOND’S NATURAL COLOR

The best way to see a diamond’s color grade is by comparing with another diamond of lesser or higher color grade. You’ll notice the tints of yellow or light brown better when a diamond is juxtaposed with a flawless diamond. 

It’s important to note that a yellow or grown hue of a white diamond is completely different from colored diamonds – also known as “fancy diamonds.”  

A colorless diamond is very rare and priced higher for its scarcity. The more colorless the diamond, the more expensive because they’re hard come by. 

Diamonds are assigned a letter grade from “D” (colorless) to “Z” (light yellow/brown). 

Here is the industry standard for grading color: 

Diamond Color Chart

DEF

Colorless

GHIJ

Near Colorless

KLM

Faint Yellow

NOPQR

Very Light Yellow

STUVWXYZ

Light Yellow

Tricks of the trade: 

Diamonds with hues of yellow should be set in white gold or platinum to enhance the white elements. Yellow gold will reflect warmer, golden tones that will inevitably enhance the yellow hues. The desired color of your diamond will always be a crisp, clear and brilliant white!

If you’re determined to get a gold setting, be sure to select a diamond that has less hues of yellow. You can also increase the quality of the cut and clarity to increase the sparkle that will mask the hues. 

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