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Diamond Color

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Diamond Color
Diamond Color is an important category in the guide called the 4C's to Diamonds. Diamonds are found in nature in a variety of hues. The colorless or white diamond color are the most common, whilst some tinted stones, colored diamonds, are extremely rare and valuable. The shades of Diamond Color include yellow, blue, black, pink, red, orange, green and brown. Diamond Color is determined by the impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration. Pure or nearly pure diamonds are transparent and colorless - referred to as a white diamond color. For more information on Diamond Color please click the following links:

Colored Diamonds

Fancy Colored Diamonds

Colorless or White Diamond Color
The traditional color associated with Diamond Color is white, or colorless, and is categorised into the following: Colorless, Nearly colorless, Faintly tinted (usually yellow), Lightly tinted (usually yellow) and Tinted (usually yellow but may progress to brownish). The color scale for colorless diamonds goes from 'D' (colorless) to 'Z' (dark yellow). The amount of yellowish color decreases the value of a "colorless" stone. For more detailed information,  and a color chart, please click the following link:

White Diamonds

Color Grading for White or Colorless Diamonds
The scale and grading for white or colorless diamonds goes from 'D' (colorless) to 'Z' (dark yellow). The less color, the more expensive.

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Diamond Color Scale or Grading for
White or Colorless Diamonds

Color -  Diamond Color Scale or Grading

Colorless D E F - Diamond Grade D, Grade E, Grade F - Most Expensive & Desirable

Near Colorless G H I J - Grade G, Grade H, Grade I, Grade J -

Faint Yellow K L M - Grade K, Grade L, Color Grade M -

Very Light Yellow N O P R  - Grade N, Grade O, Grade P, Grade R -

Dark Yellow S T U V W X Y Z - Grade S, Grade T, Grade U, Grade V, Grade W, Grade X, Grade Y, Grade Z - Cheapest & Least Desirable

Natural Diamond Colors
Natural Diamond colors are ranked according to their rarity and value. The information details what causes the different natural diamond colors:

  • The Blue Colors are caused by the presence of the element Boron (B) which changes the conductivity of the diamonds
  • Red, Pink & Brown Colors are caused by crystal lattice defects during the formation of the diamond resulting in various Diamond Colors
  • The Yellow Colors are caused by the presence of the element Nitrogen (N) which changes the conductivity of the diamonds
  • The Green Colors are caused by exposure to the natural radiation in the earth such as uranium ore
  • "Black" diamonds are not truly black, but rather contain numerous dark inclusions that give the gems their black diamond color

Factors affecting the Colors of Diamonds
Factors affecting the colors of diamonds include fluorescence and color enhancements such as high pressure, high temperature treatment and irradiation. The process called Irradiation is used to change the colors of  diamonds, these are called the treated stones. Synthetic colored diamonds are not natural as they are created in a lab. Synthetic stones are much cheaper than natural colored diamonds making them easily affordable to everyone.

Diamond Fluorescence

The 4C's to Diamonds
Diamond Color is one of the 4 C s of diamond grading (Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat Weight). For detailed facts and information about the 4 C's please click one of the following links:

The 4 C's to Diamonds

Diamond Clarity

Diamond Cut

Carat Weight

Diamonds Index

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