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Diamond Color

Diamond color is the second most important characteristic to consider when choosing a diamond. When shopping for a diamond, it is generally preferred to choose a stone with the least amount of color possible. Diamond color is graded on a scale from D-Z and is divided into five broad categories (colorless, near colorless, faint, very light and light).The highest quality diamonds are colorless, while those of lower quality have noticeable color, which manifests as pale yellow in diamonds. However, Diamonds come in all colors of the spectrum. The predominant color you see in a diamond is yellow, which is caused by the trace element nitrogen.

The Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) grades diamond color on a scale of D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown). D-Z diamonds are also known as white diamonds, even though most diamonds, including H color diamonds and G color diamonds, have varying amounts of color.

Generally, when comparing color between two diamonds, the diamonds need to be at least two color grades apart to even begin to see a difference. As you can see from the images below, when diamonds are in the face up position it is almost impossible to see any color. When viewing the diamond from the side profile, you may start to detect some color; however, diamonds are admired for their beauty from the face up position and not the side.

Color ScaleDescription
D Absolutely colorless. The highest color grade. Extremely rare.
E-F Colorless. Minute traces of color can be detected by an expert gemologist. A rare diamond.
G-J Near-colorless. Color difficult to detect unless compared side-by-side against diamonds of better grades. An excellent value.
K-M Slightly tinted. An exceptional value with faintly detectable warmth or tone.
N-R Noticeable color. Diamonds in this range have an obvious yellow or brown tint and are much less expensive than higher grades.
S-Z For most customers, S-Z diamonds have too much color for a white diamond.

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The majority of untrained observers cannot distinguish a step above or below a color grade unless the stones are compared side by side with the help of a trained gemologist. With so many things to look for when buying a Diamond ring, pendant or earring, customer care team can simplify the process by providing expert service and years of advice. Stop in today at our stores or contact us on +971 4 3471666 to schedule an appointment.

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