Diamond Color Scale Explained

Like the other 4C’s of diamonds, color has a huge impact on how much the stone is worth. So, wouldn’t you like to actually be familiar with the color aspect of diamonds so that you can make a wise decision at the jewelry counter?

We are here to help you understand the diamond color scale. And, show you the true importance of color when it comes to picking a precious gem. It may seem like this 4C thing is a little intense, but hey, this is an intense purchase- So, suck it up and learn something!

What is Diamond Color?

Diamond color is the color of the diamond…duh! Diamond colors range from what seems to be a clear translucent sort of stone to a more yellowy-colored gem. Obviously, the bling-bling we usually see on the rings are clear and sparkly, which is what all diamonds aim to be. Of course, nobody is perfect.

Diamonds are natural gems made from carbon combined with the pressure and heat of the earth, so it’s no wonder they get some bumps and bruises along the way. The color of the diamond is naturally compromised when chemical impurities infuse the stone.

Diamond Color Scale

Now, of course, because it’s a science or whatever, there is a scale to determine the purity of the color. The scale tends to be confusing with its alphabet letter rating. But, don’t worry, we’ll dumb it down for you a little. We want this to be as stress-free and easy-to-understand as possible.

For regular colored diamonds, which would be considered white diamonds, the scale runs from D-Z. A D grade diamond is the best you can get. It is colorless to the human eye and sparkles brightly. A Z Grade diamond looks almost yellow. It is considered a lesser quality diamond. But, hey- they’re still beautiful to us!

Fancy Color Scale

Of course, it can’t be that easy-peasy! There is also a separate scale for fancier colors such as true yellows, pinks, and blues.

This chart loves to use the word “fancy” because in the diamond world the rarity of the gem means a higher price tag. A general rule for colored diamonds is the more intense and vivid the color, the more expensive it’s going to be.

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