There is an underlying expectation when you purchase an engagement ring or upgrade for an anniversary that all diamonds are colorless, which is not the case. This is why there are 23 color grades. When we talk about Color in a diamond, we are actually talking about how colorless the diamond is. The Color grading scale begins at D, which is colorless, and goes all the way down to Z. As you get farther in the scale, you start to see a brown or yellow color intensifying!
When a Graduate Gemologist evaluates a diamond for Color, they compare it to a set of master stones that have been meticulously created to represent each Color on the scale. They also use a special light that is daylight equivalent, and generally, they grade in a dark room. The color of a shirt or the color of a wall can reflect additional color into a diamond, so graders wear and surround themselves with neutral colors so that they don’t mis-grade a diamond!
When the Color of a diamond goes beyond the last grade of Z, it goes into another grading scale for fancy colored diamonds. This color grade scale measures the intensity of color present in the diamond. Some of the colors diamonds can naturally be are brown, yellow, blue, pink, red, purple, orange, green, and black!
I think it is important to note that a diamond doesn’t have to be the top grade of D in order for it to be beautiful. Some people have a more discerning eye than others and can see the warmth, but most people will never notice the color in the D to I range. Below that, it becomes a lot more obvious.
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