Call Us

New York Office

Phone: +1 917 539 9007

Hong Kong Office

Phone:+852 9248 4222
diamond registry logo diamond registry logo About Us

The Diamond Color Scale Understood

wedding ring engagement ring diamond jewelry

D color diamonds are the rarest and most valuable of all diamonds.

Small particles trapped in the stone during its formation give diamonds their distinctive color. There are 12 different grades of diamonds, ranging from D to Z. The lower a gem's value drops as its color intensity increases. Diamonds that fall outside the D to Z classification are the exception to this rule; most diamonds found in the market are colorless to slightly yellow or brown.

The color of a diamond is determined by comparing it to a master stone that has already been established. They are viewed face-down on a white background with industry-standard lighting. Invisible to the unaided eye, most color variations in diamonds translate to significant differences in the stone's quality and price.

Diamond value is determined by its color. Here is a comparison of D color diamonds to other color stones.

D Color

The highest possible color grade is D. Magnification doesn't change the fact that these stones are clear and colorless. D gems are extremely rare and expensive to acquire, making them the most valuable. Diamonds with a D color grade are often set in white gold or platinum to enhance their icy sparkle.

E And F Color

The GIA also considers E and F-color stones colorless. With the naked eye, it is difficult to tell the difference between these grades of gems. Gemologists are able to tell the difference between D, E, and F-colored rocks with training.

White gold is a common setting for gems ranging from D to F. Diamonds set in white gold will appear more muted in comparison to those set in yellow or rose gold.

Colors G, H, I, And J

Nearly colorless diamonds are those with a clarity grade of G to J. They have a tinge of yellow pigmentation, but at first glance one might mistake them for colorless gems. Compared to D to F gems, they are less rare and more affordable. Set them in white gold or platinum so that they can shine brightest. Using these metals will help to reduce their yellow hue.

K, L And M Color

GIA rates stones in the K to M range as faint colors. They have a more distinct color than gems in the G to J range. When mounted, diamonds under half a carat in weight will appear colorless. There may be a slight tint to larger rocks.

N, O, P, Q, And R Color

Diamonds with a color range of N to R have a very pale hue. Gems with yellow or brown hues are less desirable because of this.

S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, And Z Color

In the S to Z color range, diamonds can be seen by the naked eye to have yellow, brown, or gray pigmentation.

In the diamond market, G to L color diamonds are the most commonly available because of their appearance as colorless and their lower price. The way jewelers set these stones determines how they look. In a yellow gold setting, a colorless stone will appear yellow. Because of this, platinum and white gold are commonly used to set D to J stones, while yellow gold is used to set other gems on the scale.

Bonus!

Sell your diamonds with ease with Diamond Registry’s comprehensive approach and vast global industry connections to help you find the best buyer for your diamond fast. Visit www.diamondregistry.com/sell-your-ring to take your first step to fast, easy and reliable way of selling your diamond.

Want to check and calculate diamond per carat instantly? Go to DR’s diamond price calculator www.diamondregistry.com/diamond-price-list/#calc-move-to to know how. Reliable and trusted carat calculator in the diamond industry since!

Jewelry
Color range: i
  • D Color
  • E Color
  • F Color
  • G Color
  • I Color
  • J Color
  • K Color
  • D Color
  • E Color
  • F Color
  • G Color
  • I Color
  • J Color
  • K Color
Clarity: i
  • I.F.
  • VVS1
  • VVS2
  • VS1
  • VS2
  • SI1
  • SI2
  • I.F.
  • VVS1
  • VVS2
  • VS1
  • VS2
  • SI1
  • SI2
Color: Color i
Color intensity:  Faint - Fancy i
  • Faint
  • Faint
  • Very Light
  • Light
  • Fancy Light
  • Fancy
  • Fancy Intense
  • Fancy Vivid
  • Fancy Deep
  • Faint
  • Faint
  • Very Light
  • Light
  • Fancy Light
  • Fancy
  • Fancy Intense
  • Fancy Vivid
  • Fancy Deep
FREE QUOTE
Check the Wholesale Price
Weight (carat):  1 carat
  • 1
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Shape: i
Check Price Now
Submit your details and our experts will contact you with price information
Get free quote