Are you interested in purchasing your own engagement rings but confused as to what diamond color best fits your character and personality? If so, you aren't alone. Even trained jewelers will counsel you that there are basically four diamond colors - D, E, F and G; and will almost never add the letter I for you to choose from. Today we're going to shatter that illusion by covering everything you need to know about diamond color grades and how they correspond with your individuality.
What Do the Diamond color Grades Mean?
Color is a very subjective thing. It’s different for everyone and there is no “perfect” color. So what do the diamond color grades mean? Right for you?
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has created a grading scale to help people understand what the different color diamonds look like so that they can make an informed decision when buying them. The GIA grading scale ranges from D (colorless) to Z (faint yellow). In between these two extremes are various shades of color ranging from faint yellow to brownish yellow, greenish yellow or brownish green. The closer you get to being colorless on this scale, the more expensive your diamond will be per carat because they are rarer than other colors.
The word "color" has two meanings in the diamond world: hue and saturation. Hue refers to the actual color of the stone, while saturation refers to how intense or vivid that hue is.
The different types of diamond colors include:
- Colorless: These stones have no visible color at all and appear clear when held up to light. They're at the top of the scale in terms of rarity and price. Stones with colorless grades are graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow).
- Near Colorless: Near colorless diamonds have faint tints that can be difficult for untrained eyes to see, but they're still considered premium quality because they have virtually no tint at all. They're graded on a scale from I (near colorless) to J (light yellow).
- Faint Yellow: Faint yellow diamonds have just a hint of yellow hue that may be visible under certain lighting conditions but isn't visible under natural daylight conditions due to their high brilliance.
What Are Popular Diamond colors?
The most popular diamond color is GIA's colorless grade, D.
D color is considered the ideal diamond color. It's not perfect, but it's close enough. Diamonds graded D are pure white with no yellow or brown tint. The D stands for "colorless." But what about all those other fancy letters? I'll explain.
What Are Popular Diamond colors? Right for You?
Diamonds come in a wide range of colors and grades, from colorless to yellowish brown (called "fancy"). The most popular diamond colors are GIA's colorless grades: D, E and F.
Diamond color Chart: Ideal = D Color
The most popular diamond color is GIA's colorless grade, D. A diamond graded D has no detectable hue or tint of any kind and exhibits maximum light performance, meaning that candlelight can cause it to appear even whiter than it does under normal conditions. This is why many people prefer it over all other colors for engagement rings.
What's the Best Diamond color for My Engagement ring?
The most popular color of diamonds is "Fancy Light Brown" or G-H, which has a faint yellowish-brown tint. This color is considered to be ideal for everyday wear and is also the least expensive.
Diamonds with this color are ideal for those who want to save money on their engagement ring but still want something that stands out from other styles on the market. However, if you're looking for something unique and different, then you may want to consider looking at other colors of diamonds like fancy yellow or white diamonds.
Ultimately, the key thing to remember here is that the color grade of a diamond is not an inherent quality, like its size or shape. It's more akin to describing a diamond's cut: just as you wouldn't judge a diamond by its shape unless you were specifically looking for one with that particular cut, it doesn't necessarily make sense to focus entirely on color-grading when shopping for a stone. If you're looking for earrings or a pendant, for example, it might be a good idea to make sure the diamond is of appropriate color-grading before you click "purchase," but otherwise you can use any other grading method (cut, clarity, etc.) to help narrow your choices.
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