Most diamonds naturally have a degree of color to them, ranging from the more common yellow and brown to the very rare pink, blue and green. However, it is the colorless or white diamond that acts as a prism and allows light to effortlessly pass through and be broken into a rainbow of colors.
Gemologists grade the color of a diamond on a scale that begins with D and ends at Z. Diamonds with higher color than a Z grade are considered Fancy color diamonds. Colorless and Fancy color diamonds are very rare, which increases their value significantly.
- Colorless D, E, F: Diamonds are the whitest and most rare.
- Near Colorless G, H, I, J: Diamonds contain a slight shade of color, but is hard for the untrained eye to notice and looks relatively colorless when mounted.
- Faint Color K, L, M: Color becomes more visible in these diamonds.
- Very Light Color N – R: Diamonds have a heavier presence of color.
- Light Color S – Z: Diamonds have very visible color compared to other ranges.
The beauty of diamonds is that there is a stone for everyone! Some people value the rarity and purity of sparkle of the whitest diamonds, while others appreciate the character of a stone with some color. In fact, we have found that diamonds with the faintest hint of color are often the most flattering against the skin. In antique cuts, the “disco ball” rainbow sparkle often masks the color of the stone. Because every diamond is different, we encourage our customers to look past the color grade and go for the ring that captures your heart!