When discussing a diamond’s color, we are referring to the whiteness, or lack of color present in the diamond itself. Most diamonds used in jewelry are nearly colorless with tints of yellow or brown.
For colorless diamonds there can still be a variation in color. On a scale from D (colorless) to X (light yellow). A "colorless" rated diamond allows more light to pass through the stone making it sparkle more and increases the overall value.
Fancy colored diamonds
Fancy colored diamonds are not graded on the same scale as colorless diamonds and are rarer, making them more valuable and expensive.
Diamond Color Scale
Color grades are determined by comparing each diamond to a master set. Each letter grade represents a range of color and is a measure of how noticeable a color is.
D, E, F
These diamonds are completely colorless and very rare. They also come at a much higher price point. For customers who are looking for completely colorless, icy white diamonds, it is worth paying the premium price point.
G, H, I, J
A slight undertone of yellow can be detected by an expert gemologist. However, the slight tint in G and H diamonds is virtually undetected by the average person. At I and J, the tint becomes a bit more apparent when compared to a diamond of higher color grade. Diamonds in this range offer great value, especially if you prefer a warmer look to your jewelry.
K, L, M
A yellow color is more noticeable at this point, even without having to compare with a higher color grade diamond. At this time we don't sell diamonds for engagement rings less than a K unless it is by special request.
Very noticeable yellow tint and looks like a poor quality diamond, even to an untrained eye.
Color at this range can start to have a brown tint. Needless to say, there is very little demand for these.
Which diamond color should I choose?
If you are a purist, look for a diamond graded colorless in the range of D-F to ensure your diamond has no discernible color.
If you are budget conscious, you can get a fantastic diamond value by choosing a G-J color diamond. Most often you will notice little or no color with the naked eye.