Ask a Jeweler: What Is Diamond Color?

Whether you are shopping for a loose diamond as the first step of an engagement ring, an upgrade to an existing piece of jewelry, or for a new design, there is nothing quite like the brilliance and fire of seeing a diamond outside a setting.

By purchasing a loose diamond, you are able to get the best look at the stone to really see the 4 C's up close— cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. In this way, you can view inclusions that a setting might otherwise hide or distract from, allowing you to make an informed decision about the diamond you are investing in.

At Jianna Jewelers here in beautiful Houston, TX, we are proud to serve as the area's go-to diamond experts. We offer our customers an extensive collection of diamond shapes including round brilliant, princess, oval, cushion, and radiant cuts, and we carry diamonds graded by the most notorious gemological laboratories.

Ask a Jeweler: What Is Diamond Color?

Like all of the 4Cs, diamond color is an important consideration when buying a diamond. While color affects price, there are a number of factors that can help you decide which color grade is right for you.

With the exception of some fancy colored diamonds, the most valuable diamonds are those with the least color. The color scale for transparent diamonds runs from D-F (colorless), G-J (near colorless), K-L (faint yellow), to Z (light yellow). Completely colorless diamonds are rare.

D color diamond is the highest grade and is extremely rare—the highest color grade that money can buy.

When diamonds are formed with traces of other minerals, rare and beautiful colors can result. These “fancy” colors range from blue to brilliant yellow to red, brown, pale green, pink, and violet. Because of their rarity, colored diamonds are highly desirable and may be quite valuable.

Keep in mind that color is more visible in large diamonds. If you are buying a diamond under 1 carat, you might consider choosing an I, J, or K color diamond. If you have your eye on a diamond over 1 carat, look at H color-grade diamonds or higher, since any color would be more visible.

If you have your heart set on a certain color grade and carat size that don't match the budget, consider a different shape. Certain fancy-shaped diamonds hide color better than others—and can cost significantly less than a round-cut diamond.

When setting your diamond, also consider the precious metal color of your setting so it can best compliment the color grade of your diamond. For example, yellow gold naturally casts a warm glow and looks best with diamonds with faint color, but platinum or white gold will make a near-colorless diamond look even brighter.  

 

Fancy Color Diamonds

Diamonds come in every color of the rainbow. We are proud to feature a vast selection of diamonds in yellow, blue, pink, green and purple. Fancy colored diamonds are graded based on the depth of color— Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense, and Fancy Vivid. 

 

The Anatomy of a Diamond

Learn about the 4 C's from the diamond experts. Our diamond education center is loaded with information from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) so you can rest assured you are making an informed diamond purchase. Learn more HERE.

  

Create Your Perfect Piece

With the option to custom design and create your own diamond ring, or to choose from our fine selection of rings, it’s easy to find the perfect design at Jianna Jewelers. 

Custom designing your engagement ring can actually be very easy (and cost efficient!) to design the ring of your dreams. A custom, handcrafted piece of jewelry allows you the opportunity to create and design a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that will become a part of you. The process gives you the opportunity to create the jewelry piece of your dreams. We show you exactly what your piece of jewelry will look like throughout the process so you can be assured it will be exactly what you are looking for and enjoy for years to come. Learn more about custom design here.

 

Explore our Diamond Search

Get a head start on your diamond search. Explore and compare diamonds by shape, carat, color, clarity, cut, and more with this innovative diamond search tool. Find this online tool HERE.

 

 

FOLLOW @JIANNAJEWELERS ON INSTAGRAM

 

"Beautiful store with excellent selection&service! The owners are very nice, professional and will work with you on customizing jewelry. Both my husband and I had our wedding bands custom made here and were really happy with the outcome! Our family has also purchased other pieces of jewelry from here and have loved everything. I really liked how quick they are and how we were able to visit and try on jewelry multiple times w no pressure. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for fine jewelry!" — Krish S. on Yelp


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published