Color Grading of a diamond

Even though diamonds are considered to be transparent they still have some kind of inherent body color! This is due to smaller traces of nitrogen within the diamond.

Diamond color grading is done on a scale from D to Z.

D colored diamonds look icy white. They are the most rare and thus they are also the most expensive!

The average person cannot distinguish between several different color grades! The D, E and F color grades belong to the colorless range.

Diamond shape and diamond color

The diamond shape also has an enormous influence on the diamond color. This may be surprising to newbies but it has to do with the characteristics and specifics of how a diamond reflects light!

The classical diamond color scale

The round cut diamond is the most efficient diamond shape when it comes to reflecting light. This is why the round cut diamond is so popular! It also contributes to the diamond showing less of its body color!

The influence of the diamond cut on the color

Having a diamond with a great cut grade will help to maximize the light performance of that diamond!

A diamond with an Excellent cut grade will therefore be able to  mask some of the color of the diamond. An extremely well cut diamond will thus appear more colorless and give you greater value for your money!

Remember however: Some people are more sensitive to color than other people!

And people might also have other preferences. Some people might prefer an icy white diamond while other people might prefer a diamond that has a warmer hue!

In the end your choice should take your own preferences and your sensitivity into consideration!

Take into consideration where the diamond was graded

Currently, GIA and AGS are considered to be the strongest diamond grading laboratories.

A grading report from their website is worth quite a lot and can give you very specific information about a diamond and its color!

Thus, try to go for a diamond that was graded by one of these grading labs.

Otherwise you might be in for a bad surprise

What about diamond fluorescence?

Diamond fluorescence usually has a very positive effect on the diamond appearance. This is especially true for diamonds with medium fluorescence!

Usually a diamonds fluorescence is blue and other fluorescence types should in generally be avoided!

The only problem that might arise with fluorescence comes when a diamond has strong blue fluorescence. In some of these cases a diamond may appear to be oily!

As this clearly distracts from the beauty of a diamond we recommend to determine in advance whether a specific diamond has an oily appearance or not!