Sep 09 , 2020
DIAMOND COLOR - INTRODUCTION
We in the diamond business are not considered with the colour of a diamond
rather the lack of it. A colourless diamond is the rarest and the most expensive
among all. But such is only the case with white diamonds and not fancy coloured
diamonds. Coloured diamonds have a separate colour grade scale than white
Points to note:
A white diamond is colour graded on the basis of its lack in colour.
A diamond can only be colour graded by a certified grading official
A diamond’s colour can be altered by the tone of the jewellery setting.
Role of Diamond Colour in determining a Diamond’s Beauty
It stands to reason that Diamond Colour plays a chief role in determining a
Diamond’s Beauty considering its place among the 4Cs of a diamond. Moreover,
it is also an important price determining factor for a diamond. Therefore, you
need to choose your diamond colour wisely when buying a diamond.
The GIA Colour-Grade Scale for White Diamonds
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is one of the most reputed and
reliable diamond grading laboratories. The GIA colour-grade scale is considered
ideal in the diamond industry. It ranges from D to Z; where D represents
‘colourless’ while Z represents ‘light yellow or brown’. Curious about the uncanny
use of D? Well, it’s not uncanny at all. The GIA grade scale starts with D to avoid
confusion regarding the Arcane System of grading (A-C, 1-3 and I-III, etc.) used
Poor quality L-Z Colour Grade Diamonds are not sold by Exotic Diamonds
We at Exotic Diamonds only sell the best quality diamonds. The L-Z color graded diamonds have an apparent warm yellow hue and thus are not cut out for our quality standards.
The Perfect Diamond Colour for Your Budget
We already know that a colourless diamond is the most expensive among all white diamonds. Usually, our customers go for a D or E grade diamond. They utilize most their budget into buying a nearly colourless diamond and then give
priority to choosing the best cut they can afford for more sparkling.
It’s always better to consider your diamond shape and setting preferences
before deciding the colour grade of the diamond you wish to buy.
Large Diamonds have more Colour Visibility
Go for I, J or K colour-grade if you’re buying a 1 carat diamond or less. On the
contrary, when buying over 1 carat choose an H or higher colour-grade diamond.
Perfect Diamond Colour for your Shape and Setting Preferences
Round-cut diamonds have more colour visibility than other intricately-shaped diamonds and they cost up to 25% more. So, go for a fancy-shaped diamond for cheaper and near colourless grade. It’s also recommended to choose your precious metal setting in accordance to the colour grade of your diamond. A yellow gold setting can be paired with faint coloured diamonds as it has a warm glow whereas a platinum or white gold setting can be paired with a near-colourless diamond to attain an icy look.
White Diamonds vs Fancy Coloured Diamonds
It’s important to know that diamonds also occur in natural spectrum of colours-
pink, blue, yellow, green, red and more. Such diamonds are labelled as fancy
coloured diamonds. But, they are very hard to come across. Unlike white
coloured diamonds, they are graded over the intensity of the natural colour they possess. Hence, they are graded on a separate scale and may even be more valuable than white diamonds.