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Choosing the Right Color in a Diamond

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Diamond Color To Avoid

A lot of people think of diamonds in terms of the crystal clear diamonds they see on television and in magazine advertisements, regardless of whether they're natural or lab-grown diamonds. models wear diamonds framed in gold and silver to signify their status as affluent individuals.

Alternatively, you might recall the last rap video you saw, in which the guy smiling showed off a diamond in his teeth. When you hear the word diamond, you probably don't think of a specific color.

In contrast to popular belief, diamonds can be found in a wide range of hues, including the well-known and cherished clear variety. A diamond's color can range from white to pink to blue to purple to yellow to amber to red. Black diamonds are also available.

What Is The Reason For A Diamond's Color, And How Is It Determined?

It is the other minerals in the carbon that make a diamond what color it is. The minerals that make up the stone's color are responsible for capturing and filtering the light that passes through it.

To change the color of a diamond, only a small amount of another material is needed. When nitrogen is present, a diamond appears yellow, while the presence of boron causes it to appear blue.

How Do You Determine A Diamond's Color?

It was developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to measure the color of a diamond. A letter diamond grading report is given to each stone for color evaluation. On a scale from D (colorless) to Z (very dark), a diamond's color is graded. D color diamonds are more expensive than Z color diamonds because the former has a higher perceived value.

The Best Diamond Color?

Color is an essential factor to consider when deciding on the type of diamond you want to buy. While grading and value are subjective, you may prefer the look of a blue diamond over a pink diamond, even if the latter is more valuable.

Ultimately, the best diamond color is the one that you fall in love with! Engagement rings and diamond studs are popularly worn with "white" or "colorless" diamonds, which we'll go into more detail about below.

The Color Of Diamonds

The size of a diamond has an impact on your perception of the color in the diamond. That's because diamonds less than half a carat in weight are difficult to see their true color. Color is easier to discern in larger diamonds.

If you're shopping for diamond jewelry, it's critical to learn about the different grades and rankings of colors so you can make an educated decision about what will look best on your finger.

Remember that a pure and well-structured diamond has no color. It's like a pure drop. Colored diamonds have subtle color distinctions that are invisible to the untrained eye.

Here is a breakdown of the color grading scale to help you decide when shopping. This scale is for ‘white' or ‘colorless' diamonds, which are the most popular and considered the best color for diamond rings.

Fancy color diamonds, such as blue or pink, are graded on a different scale.

Colorless Diamond: Grades D-F

Color grades D to F are the highest color grades, meaning the diamonds are nearly colorless. They are the most valuable and rare diamond colors because they are transparent with no yellow tint.

These diamonds are usually set in white gold or platinum. This is because yellow gold and other color settings can sometimes diminish the high luminosity of these color grades.

The best diamond clarity and color are found in grades D to F color. Their color is so faint that only a gemologist can see it. For example, unless they are placed face-down next to each other, it is difficult to distinguish between D, E, and F colors.

Their white color is stunning, beautiful, and desirable. They are popular and sought after for wedding rings and diamond engagement rings, especially when used in rings. This diamond color range is perfect for the world's perfectionists.

Of course, those who adore the rarest diamonds will prefer a D-grade diamond. However, keep in mind that a grade D will increase a diamond's price, which is influenced by factors like carat, cut, and clarity.

So, if you're on a budget and willing to settle for an E or F color diamond, you might find a better deal. To find a good balance and the best value, remember to maximize the diamond's other features, not just color.

Nearly Colorless Diamond: Grades G-J

Diamonds in the G-J range are nearly colorless to the naked eye. As a result, this color range is second only to grades D-F in market value.

Despite its appearance, the G color is one tier below genuinely colorless. It has color, you just can't see it. Then comes H color, which is also near colorless. When the diamond is face-up, no brown or yellow tint is visible.

Color can be easily masked in I color diamonds. A J color grade shows more body color than an I, but it still looks good with rose or yellow gold settings.

Although some color tints can be seen in G-J color diamonds, the shades are difficult to discern. So, just like D-F diamonds, they should be set in white gold or platinum to reduce color reflection.

Remember that diamonds in this range usually appear colorless when placed face-up. When viewed from the side, they produce a slight body color. Despite the slight color, these are excellent diamonds for engagement rings and other jewelry that are still valuable but not as expensive as higher grade diamonds.

Faint Diamond: Grades K-M

Grades K through M are considered yellow tint diamond colors. Difficult to find diamonds in this color range, so they are less expensive. It is a sure win for those who want to set the diamond in gold.

This color grade diamond should not be set in white gold or platinum. These colors tend to appeal to those who enjoy the warmer appearance of diamonds. Just watch your color spending. Look for a diamond within this price range.

Very Light Diamond: Grades N-R

Those on a budget may want to consider one of these grades. A diamond graded between N and R has a noticeable brown or yellow tint to it.

As a result, these diamonds are less expensive than colorless diamonds. If you choose an N-R stone, be careful with your settings to avoid highlighting the color.

Light Diamond: Grade S-Z

Finally, light yellow diamonds (S-Z). The color of stones in these grading ranges is visible even when mounted. S-Z diamonds have a noticeable brown or yellow tint and aren't recommended for special occasion jewelry like engagement rings or wedding bands.

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