Color Grading of Diamonds

5Color is one of the ways in which diamonds are graded. However, color is looked at differently depending on whether it is a colorless diamond or a color diamond. The reason for this is the simple fact that it is desirable for a colorless diamond to lack color whereas it is equally important for a color diamond to display a vivid color. Therefore, there are two separate color-grading scales for colorless diamonds and for color diamonds.

Colorless Diamonds

Most diamonds on the market are colorless diamonds. They are far more abundant and for the most part more affordable. They are also more traditional in terms of color. The scale begins with the letter D, for diamond, and ends with the letter Z. D is the highest color grade for colorless diamonds and Z is the lowest grade. D, E, and F diamonds are colorless, G and H diamonds are near colorless, I and J diamonds are white, K, L, and M diamonds are very faint yellow, N, O, P, Q, and R diamonds are faint yellow, and S, T,U, V, W, X, Y, and Z diamonds are light yellow. Interestingly enough the last color grade group of colorless diamond is also the bottom group for color diamonds, which prefers a much higher presence of color.

Color Diamonds

As opposed to colorless diamonds, the color diamond color scale works with word grades and begins from the bottom. The lowest grade is faint and the highest grade is fancy deep. In between there is very light, light, fancy light, fancy intense, and fancy vivid. Not every color intensity is available for every diamond color. The faint category includes the S to Z category of colorless diamonds. When it comes to color diamonds, the color intensity and the color are of equal importance. Color diamonds are found in many shades including yellow, pink, green, blue, orange, brown, violet, gray, purple, red, fancy black, and fancy white. A color diamond must have a high color intensity and pure color to be considered a very valuable stone.

Not everyone gives diamond color much thought but it is actually a very important factor. Those shiny white diamonds seen in store windows are topnotch diamonds. Nature supplied us with many other stones with a little more color deeming them unworthy. Nevertheless, some of those diamonds, whether closer to the colorless diamond scale or the color diamond scale will find

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