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While diamonds can be found in almost every color of the rainbow, colorless diamonds remain the most popular.

When describing the color of a diamond reference is being made to the degree of color found in that diamond. The less color displayed in a diamond the better the color grade. The notable exception to this would be in the case of fancy colored diamonds, such as pink, yellow, green and blue. In fancy colored diamonds, a strong presence of color would improve the diamond’s color grading.

The best color is no color at all. Diamonds allow light to be reflected and dispersed as a rainbow of color. This light dispersion, or color flash, has no effect on the technical grading of color.

The absolute finest colorless stone carries a D rating, descending through each letter of the alphabet to Z, designating a diamond of light yellow, brown, or gray. This body color may be caused by the presence of trace elements, such as nitrogen, within the atomic framework of the carbon crystal.

Have no inclusions when examined by an experienced grader, but will have some minor blemishes.

As the body color becomes more intense, the grade for color descends the scale. It is always best to compare diamonds graded by either the GIA or the AGS for accurate color grading.

The color grades can be described as follows:

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