What is Diamond Color?

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What is the point of a clear diamond if it has an unattractive color that distracts all attention from the clarity? To avoid this, there are a few rules and facts to follow, which I would like to explain to you. Regarding the diamond color, the rule of thumb is as follows: The more yellowish the diamond, the more expensive it is. Conversely, the more colorless the diamond, the more expensive and exquisite it is. What we want here is a diamond that is as colorless and clear as possible.


If you only do without some clarity here, you can save a lot of money, because the diamonds become cheaper quickly. However, this is always a trade-off, because the clarity of an expensive, colorless diamond is striking, but the yellowish of a cheaper diamond is not perceived as beautiful. The degree of the color of a diamond is indicated on a scale from D to Z, where diamonds from D to F are colorless, diamonds from G to J are almost colorless, but from K on, a noticeable yellow tinge is already visible in the diamond.

To determine the diamond color correctly is not easy with the naked eye and requires some practice. I assure you that you can’t tell the difference between an E diamond and an F diamond with the naked eye and yet you can save a lot of money here, as E color diamonds cost a lot more than F diamonds. If you do not want to regret your diamond purchase, I would advise against buying diamonds whose color is above K. Even though these diamonds are particularly cheap, the beauty of an F grade diamond is not comparable to a K diamond. Buy a diamond between grades D to J and you will not make a mistake. Do not save your money in the wrong place!



In my experience, the following can be said in summary. There is no right and wrong regarding diamond color and diamond clarity if you do not have unlimited financial means. Conversely, this means that a middle way must be found where you get the most beautiful and valuable diamond for your money. Furthermore, many gradations are technical and only noticeable with professional tools from experienced traders. Regarding clarity, you should focus on the area VS1 to SI2, where you can get clear diamonds for a relatively low price. If you are primarily concerned with the beauty of the diamond as a piece of jewelry, you can neglect the highest levels of clarity without remorse. Remember that each diamond is unique and different, so you should take the time to examine each one individually. Also with SI2 diamonds you can be lucky and find very beautiful, clear diamonds.

Diamonds above VS1 have fewer inclusions, but the difference is not visible to the naked eye by non-professionals, but the price increases exponentially. The same applies to color. A diamond that is classified as a D diamond will cost you a lot, but you will not be able to tell the difference between D and F reliably. If you want a clear diamond that appears colorless and yet is affordable, you should look at diamonds with a color grade of F, G, H or I and compare them.

Even if your first diamond purchase presents you with difficult decisions, you are now equipped with the necessary knowledge to make a good purchase. If you follow my recommendations for your diamond purchase, you will make the most of your money and present someone with an unforgettable piece of jewelry. Good luck!