Diamond buyers, no matter how experienced they are, always face the difficulties in judging the priority of diamond’s parameters. And their real problem is not related to the understanding of the 4C’s of a diamond. In fact, they are the easiest section of diamond knowledge to comprehend. Because when you spot the notions of clarity, cut, and color in a diamond first, it’s not that hard to learn how these scales are built and what are the best and the worst indicators in them. But when it comes to a real diamond purchase, you’ll inevitably choose how much to sacrifice (and whether to do it), considering your budget limitations.
The trickiest part starts in a jewelry store. By choosing the precious stone, you have to solve dozens of questions in your mind. How many grades can you neglect in terms of clarity? Is an ideal cut that important? How to prioritize the 4C’s in a diamond to get the best deal with a real value-for-money? These and many other problems immediately arise and complicate your buying experience. They can even turn you from the idea of buying a diamond at all!
In the given circumstances, you have two options to manage the problem. On the one hand, you can hire a diamond consultant who will guide you through the buying process and take on himself/herself sourcing the best diamond for the most affordable price. On the other hand, you can learn all the peculiarities of determining the diamond value by yourself. After gaining all the necessary knowledge, it will be easier for you to make an informed decision. In fact, Diamond Registry offers assistance in both these dimensions. You can easily write to us and get a free diamond consultation from a diamond expert. Alternatively, you can read all the educational materials on our diamond portal to collect valuable knowledge by yourself. The choice is yours!
Meanwhile, we’ll explain how to choose the diamond based on its color and describe all the Dos and Don'ts of D Color, the best of the best in this diamond category.
What are D color diamonds?
The very title of D color refers to the classification first introduced by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). In their scale, this certification center ranged the degrees of colorless diamonds from D to Z. In it, D color diamond stands for the most transparent hue, while Z color grade contains the most visible tints of yellow and brown among all the colorless diamonds. In short, the color gradation in a diamond refers to the presence of other color tints in a stone.
|The color gradation from D to Z means the cleanness of the colorless appearance
When it comes to the visibility of the color, diamond is commonly examined with 2 tools: under 20x magnification and by a naked eye. Both these methods are effective since there are differences in the color grade spectrum that can be either easy or difficult to spot.
After a plain naked-eye observation, diamond color grades can be divided into 5 groups:
- Perfect colorless — D, E, and F,
- Near colorless — G, H, I, and J,
- Faint color — K, L, and M,
- Very light color — N, O, P, Q, and R,
- Light color — S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z.
However, the variations inside these subgroups and, sometimes, between the neighboring classes are so tiny that they already require applying a magnifying glass to be spotted. In fact, this necessity creates the possibility to save on the differences in color and even question the rationality of buying a D color diamond. To look into the matter, you should understand which factors determine the divergence in various diamond varieties.
Color D diamonds versus other varieties
Even though color significantly contributes to the appearance of a diamond, this is not the only parameter important for this precious stone. Actually, making a smart diamond purchase always means finding a proper balance between all its key elements. They are cut quality, carat weight, and clarity grade. Together with color, these key parameters have the title “the 4C’s of a diamond.” Moreover, you should pay attention to the shape peculiarities and the presence of a certificate.
As we frequently tell our clients, cut quality is the most important thing to consider while making a diamond purchase. Without proper work of a cutter, the stone will look dull and dark. And so, we recommend checking this parameter first and foremost. Your precious stone should have Excellent, Very Good, or Good cut to be considered a good deal. If a diamond is of fair or poor cut, it’s a bad idea to wear it in jewelry.
|Color is not the sole and the most important parameter to be considered in a diamond. Don’t forget to pay attention to its cut, clarity, carat weight, and shape
Carat weight is the diamond parameter that indicates how heavy is your precious stone. In essence, 1 carat equals 0.2 grams. Many people think that the more carats a diamond has, the better. Well, that’s true — but not entirely. The reality is that all the 4C’s of diamonds matter.
The clarity of a diamond indicates the presence of inclusions and blemishes in it. In terms of grading, the stones range from FL (flawless) to I3 (imperfect). And your goal is to get the best clarity possible — but don’t go below VS2 (very slightly imperfect) threshold.
Besides these elements, the diamond shape and the presence of a diamond certificate are important. On the one hand, the diamond shape makes a difference for its appearance. In particular, the stone can look like a teardrop of an oval, depending on the mastery and fantasy of its cutter. On the other hand, the presence of a diamond certificate, or a grading report, is significant evidence of the quality of this precious stone. If you don’t want to doubt the accuracy of the parameters prescribed, checking the GIA certificate of this diamond can dispel them. And vice versa, the absence of a diamond report should call into question the quality and trustworthiness of a precious stone you’ve selected.
In short, the D color alone is not a guarantee of the highest quality. Even more — one cut grade down makes the D color diamond lose in appearance, even comparing to the H color stone. And so, the neglect of other diamond parameters will turn 20% overpaying you’ve made for D color diamond totally useless.
What makes D color diamonds special
It’s impossible not to fancy D color diamonds for their crystal clear and sparkling appearance. The stunning beauty of these stones is the reason why many people think of purchasing such stones in their personal collections. Nevertheless, it’s more common to spot gems of this color on the auctions. Such diamonds are supplemented by impressive carat weight, flawless clarity, and exceptional cut quality.
When it comes to the exact price difference, D color always costs more than any other color grade. Due to the rarity of such icy white diamonds, expect to pay for it extra 10-15% than for G color, 30% than for I color, and 50% more than K color.
|3 main conditions for buying a D color diamond:
1. You can buy it,
2. You really want it,
3. You can understand its value.
Why buy a D color diamond?
Buying a D color diamond can be a really good idea. Here are 3 top reasons why you should buy a stone of this color grade:
- You can afford this purchase,
- You’re a fan of exceptional and rare things,
- You have an eye on quality.
First, you need a large budget to buy a D color diamond. Be ready that the sum needed to pay for the most outstanding color on the market will be really huge. And of course, all the other elements in a diamond will have their price — which means you must be ready to pay a lot for them too. D color is a really costly purchase — and so, you must be financially ready to make it.
Furthermore, the D color diamond is not that easy to find. The top quality of it is always a subject of rarity. So, if you decide to make such an extraordinary purchase, make sure you can recognize and enjoy its value. If your mindset doesn’t accept an idea that rare and exceptional things are worth buying, you won’t rejoice to get such a stone to the fullest.
Finally, the decision to buy D color should come in the head of a person who can understand its worth. Actually, the quality of this diamond parameter is not that easy to recognize by an average person, and so, you should rely on your own aesthetic taste to understand its true value. This type of diamond is not the one to impress other people.
Why not buy a D color diamond?
Every action has a flip side, and the purchase of D color diamond is not an exception from this rule. You can spoil this costly buying by doing these 4 things:
- Put D color diamond in a setting made from yellow or rose gold,
- Invest all your budget in color by sacrificing cut quality,
- Buy the most expensive stone without understanding its true value,
- Choose an inappropriate diamond shape.
Among all, the top color grade for a diamond calls for the proper attention to not only all the diamond elements but also the ring peculiarities. And here, the biggest mistake is to choose the wrong metal in the setting. Precisely, yellow and rose gold will cause an unfavorable reflection on your ring. And a D color diamond that is pure and clear like a Swiss lake will readily absorb all the colors situated nearby. And the sad result: it will look like a stone from a light color group. To avoid this from happening, put your jewel in the setting made from white gold or platinum.
|Top D color diamond mistakes:
1. Thin shrinks (1.6-1.8 millimeters)
2. Highest cut and carat weight possible
3. Elongated diamond shape
Moreover, it’s wrong to invest in a diamond that has only one parameter on top. When it comes to buying a diamond wisely, you should aim at taking the best cut quality possible, and then turn to play with its clarity and color. If you start with color instead, your chance of getting a good diamond will worsen. That’s why we recommend our clients getting the satisfactory grades in clarity and cut first, then ensure your stone has considerable carat weight. Only after you've complied with all these conditions can your diamond color reveal itself to the fullest. The main principle here is not to get the top grades in all diamond elements but ensure the stable ground for the most outstanding parameter among the 4C’s of a diamond to sparkle.
Besides, getting a D color just because it’s said to be a good deal is a serious mistake. Among all, the exceptional diamond color is hard to be seen both for a naked eye and a magnifying glass. In the given circumstances, you should know for sure why you need D color and what’s its true value. Get ready that the difference you paid will remain invisible for the majority. Sometimes, even the gap in 5 color grades remains indistinguishable for laboratory workers who compare the stones under 20x magnification. And the average people are even blinder to the differences in color grades of colorless diamonds. Thus, D color diamond is a good purchase only for those who are not dependent on the social norms and are accustomed to defining the value by themselves. A huge disappointment will spot those who buy luxury goods to get social approval.
Finally, D color diamonds should be cut in an appropriate shape to look good. For this aim, a round shape is the best deal. This appearance is designed to help the jewel reveal all its best traits in terms of brilliance, sparkle, and fire. If you decide to experiment with fancy shapes, the sum you overpaid for D color is likely to turn useless.
Where to find a D color diamond?
If you’re interested in buying a D color diamond or need a personalized consultation on the diamond color, you’re welcome to visit the Diamond Registry office. We have more than 60 years of experience in serving the diamond market. In our worldwide inventory, we’re capable of sourcing for you a precious stone of any parameters directly from a wholesaler.
To leave a request, please submit the quote through the form on our website and let our diamond expert contact you to clarify all the details and arrange the meeting.