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The Short Answer:
Colour is found
by turning the diamond onto its table.
Minor color variations are more visible through the pavilion
(bottom part of the diamond) at a 45 degree angle which is why most
diamonds are graded face down.
The color range
of diamonds goes from D-Z and is graded based on their lack of color.
Colorless is considered to be D-F, Near Colorless is G-J, Faint
Yellow is from K-M, Light Yellow is for grades N-Z
opinion on color & what the majority of our customers have found.
of F-H Colour are the best value. Face-up
they are clear as day and there is no hint of yellow.
& E Colour is fantastic, but the D colour is exceptionally rare and as
such the largest price jump in the color range occurs here.
& J Colour diamonds beautiful once they are placed in a setting.
If size is your priority then these color grades will get you there
size is a must and clarity is stretched to the max, then a diamond of L-N
range will still have beautiful sparkle and appeal with the light hint of
color that is reminiscent of candle light on a late summerís night.
The Long Answer:
The levels of the GIA
Color Scale can be divided into Colorless, Near Colorless, faint yellow,
very light yellow, and light yellow ranges. Each letter on the scale
represents a narrow color range, not a specific point. And each
masterstone marks the highest point--or least amount of color--in that
range. Diamonds in the normal color range (D-Z) are graded based on
their lack of color. Because minor color variations are more visible
through the pavilion at a 45 degree angle which is why most diamonds are
graded face down. This also reduces the brilliance and fire that can
often make it tricky to see the color on its own.
The D-E-F grades are
considered colorless. D and E diamonds have virtually no color, and
an F has a nearly undetectable amount of color that shows only in the face
down position. The differences between these grades are actually
very slight. In fact, they're almost indistinguishable in diamonds
smaller than .25ct.
The G-H-I-J grades are
near-colorless. Diamonds with these grades look colorless face-up
and nearly colorless face-down. They have slight traces of color
that aren't noticeable to untrained eyes when the stones are mounted.
These diamonds are popular because the combine fairly high color with
somewhat lower prices.
The K-L-M grades are faint
yellow. Diamonds in this range show very faint yellow color face-up
and face-down. When they're mounted, small stones look somewhat
colorless, but larger stones show a faint hint of yellow.
N through R diamonds are
considered very light yellow. They appear very light yellow face-up
and face down, even when they are mounted in jewelry. S through Z
diamonds are light yellow. They show substantial color face-up or
face-down, loose or mounted. Once a diamond goes beyond the Z color
range, it's classified as Fancy Light yellow, which causes its price to
rise. Sometimes, diamond rough with color in the X to Z range can be cut
to achieve a fancy color designation.
chart is an oversimplification of the grades and the classification
groupings that most people are aware of.
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