A diamond’s color has a significant impact on its appearance. With its many prismatic facets, a colorless diamond reflects light into a spectrum of hues, a characteristic often referred to as “fire”. Diamond color effects the following: color reduces the ability to reflect light, lower color grades will not show the same luminosity or fire, and the most valuable diamonds have little to no color.
Diamond Color Scale
Highest-quality color grade a diamond can receive. A D-color diamond is extremely rare and emits unrivaled brilliance.
Contains very minute traces of color. Also a rarity, an E-color rated diamond emits a high level of brilliance and sparkle.
Minute traces of color can only be detected by a trained gemologist. This is a high-quality color grade.
Contains noticeable color only when compared to higher color grades. Appearing colorless to the untrained eye, a G or H color diamond provides an excellent value.
Contains slightly detectable color. An I-color or J-color diamond is an excellent value, as it typically appears colorless to the untrained eye.
K, L, M
Faint color is noticeable. Even with the presence of color, these grades of diamonds can emit fire and beauty.
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