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Diamond Color

Although diamonds come in variety of colors including yellows, blues, greens, and reds, white diamonds are the most sought after. Diamond color grade is actually based on a diamond’s lack of color, or “whiteness.” While white diamonds tend to have a slight yellow tint, the most valuable are completely clear and colorless.

Color is graded on an alphabetical scale from “D” to “Z”.

Did You Know?The untrained eye might not notice a major difference in quality between grade levels, however the difference in price can be substantial. Therefore, by choosing a diamond in one of the middle grade ranges (G-I) you are typically getting the best value.

Use the interactive scale below to see if you can tell the difference in color grades yourself.

Colorless

Colorless D

No color. Appears completely clear under 10x magnification. Recommended paired with platinum, white gold or palladium. These metals emphasize the lack of color.ed-dmd-k-color.color

Colorless E

No visible color. Can only be discerned from a D graded diamond by a gemologist in side-by-side comparison. Set in platinum, white gold or palladium to emphasize the lack of color.ed-dmd-d-color.color

Colorless F

No visible color. Can only be discerned from D and E graded diamonds by a gemologist in side-by-side comparison. Set in platinum, white gold or palladium to emphasize the lack of color.ed-dmd-d-color.color

Near-Colorless

Near-Colorless G

Very subtle traces of color, typically visible only in side-by-side comparison. Will look stunning in a variety of metals, although yellow gold will neutralize any color in the diamond.

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Near-Colorless H

Subtle traces of color, typically visible only in side-by-side comparison. Suitable for both white and yellow metal settings. Yellow gold will neutralize any visible color in the diamond.

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Near-Colorless I

Subtle traces of color, sometimes detected by the unaided eye. Suitable for both white and yellow metal settings. Yellow gold will neutralize any visible color in the diamond.

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Near-Colorless J

Subtle traces of color, sometimes detected by the unaided eye. Suitable for both white and yellow metal settings. Yellow gold will neutralize any visible color in the diamond.ed-dmd-g-color.color

Faint Yellow

Faint Yellow K

A yellow tint may be detectable without magnification. A warmer colored diamond may appeal, so be sure to consider your personal taste. A yellow gold setting may help to neutralize the hue.

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Faint Yellow L

A yellow tint may be detectable without magnification. These slightly colored diamonds may appeal, so be sure to consider your personal taste. A yellow gold setting may help to neutralize the hue.

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Faint Yellow M-Z

A yellow or brown tint is clear to the unaided eye. Their visible color makes these diamonds much more affordable. Set them in yellow gold for a warm, colorful look.

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