Loose Diamonds Search

Diamond Color

Inexpensive Engagement Rings
View our diamonds here.

Evaluating Diamond Color

What exactly is diamond color? While most people think of the classic, transparent diamond, which happens to be the most rare and valuable, the colors of diamonds actually range from transparent all the way to a brownish color. There are different saturations of diamond color and tones.

The Gemological Institute of America, known as the GIA for short, is the most commonly used system for evaluating diamond color. They've created something known as the “GIA Color Grade Scale,” and it has placed a grading system on the many different colors and shades of diamonds, classifying into 22 letter grades.


Solitaire Rings

Solitaire Rings

Rings With Sidestones

Rings With Sidestones

Matching Bridal Sets

Matching Bridal Sets

Sareen Engagement Rings

Sareen Engagement Rings

Tension Rings

Tension Rings

Three Stone Rings

Three Stone Rings

Tulip Collection

Tulip Collection

Tulip Matching Bridal Sets

Tulip Matching Bridal Sets

How Diamonds are Graded

The Gemological Institute of America has certified diamond color grades as “master color comparison” diamonds. When a diamond is being graded it is compared against these master color comparison grades to find the shades that match it most closely. The diamond that is being graded must be thoroughly cleaned and all oil must be removed from the surface before being examined since even small amounts of dirt or oils on the surface of the diamond can alter the color.

A line of master color comparison diamonds or shade chart is set up with each grade placed about one inch apart, ranging from the lightest and highest graded D shade to the darkest, graded Z diamonds. The diamond color that is being graded is moved from the left side of the comparison units to the right until it matches one of the shades.

Diamond grading should take place in a colorless environment using a balanced fluorescent light source that has a filtered, cool white sun-like ray. The room where the grading takes place is dark except for the special grading light in order to obtain the most accurate grading of the diamond color.

Fluorescence of Diamonds

Yet another consideration when considering the diamond color is diamond fluorescence and how it will affect the actual appearance in the diamond color. Fluorescence causes some diamonds to change color when viewed in our everyday, ultraviolet lighting as well as under fluorescent light bulbs.

When a diamond color is graded, the strength of the fluorescence of that diamond must also be indicated. It may be considered to be strong, moderate, or weak fluorescence and the reports must also indicate what color the diamond will change to due to the fluorescence. The reason for this is that when people are in the jewelry store looking at diamonds in the special lighting of the store, they may all appear to be the colorless, transparent diamonds. When you purchase a diamond and get it home under normal lighting, you could find your diamond is yellowish in color!

Conclusion

You can ask your jeweler to provide grading documentation and information about the fluorescent value of a particular diamond before purchasing, to make sure that you will be happy with the diamond you buy. Many jewelers also can show you the diamond under different lighting conditions, which will enable you to fully appreciate the beauty of the diamond before you buy it. Some individuals prefer a diamond color with a darker shade while others are insistent on the transparent diamond color. The diamond color is one of personal preference, so be sure to do a little research before making your final selection.

Related Articles



diamonds Best diamond prices online
loose diamonds Free FedEx shipping to the USA
engagement rings No risk 30 day money back guarantee
diamond rings All engagement rings are made in the USA
wedding rings Registered with the Better Business Bureau
certified diamonds Huge selection of high quality diamonds
  More Reasons >>

We are very excited and so happy with the product you produce. Thanks for being so understanding and helpful throughout the process. Novori is definitely our recommended jeweler for the people who talk to...
Robert

View More


Thank you we received the rings today and they are stunning. You have exceeded our expectations and I appreciate your wonderful service. Craig has already forwarded your website via email to two different friends who...
Cynthia

View More


I found Novori through the internet. The website was very easy to use and assisted me in building my own ring. After doing so, I thought a mistake was made so I called,...
Zach

View More


Hello, I just wanted to write ya'll to say thank you very much for a smooth and professional transaction. The ring is absolutely stunning. Jen...my fiancée(she said yes) loves it! She also wants to buy...
Tyler

View More


I gave it too her last night and she said yes. She loved the ring. The diamond is nothing less then perfect. It appraised over 3 times the purchase cost. Thanks...
David

View More


We wanted to thank you for the spectacular and stunning job on our wedding bands, as well as my engagement ring! The quality of the diamonds Novori offers are truly magnificent! The way that the...
Michael & Barbara

View More


I want to thank you and your staff on the work that you all have done and have the patience to work with us on this most special event that will take place this August....
Charles

View More


I just wanted to let you know that I received my ring last week. There were delays over the weekend in customs. The ring is very nice. I just had it appraised...
Scott

View More


I just wanted to email you to say thank you for everything that you have done for me with regards to my engagement ring. As I told you on the phone, I really feel...
Sean

View More


I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the tension ring ordered from you. The ring is beautiful and the diamond is stunning. I know that when the moment...
Jorge

View More


I just wanted to let you know I received the engagement ring I purchased. It's exactly what I wanted. Simple and elegant, thanks so much I'm sure my girlfriend will love it....
Adam

View More


I just wanted to thank the staff at Novori for everything. I am not in the habit of writing thank you letters however, your service, communication and especially your dedication to taking care of this...
Gordon

View More


I just wanted to let you know that the shipment arrived yesterday without any issues. Thank you so very much for all the help, and the excellent service. I continue to be impressed...
Robert

View More


I just wanted to say Thank You for your help with the engagement ring. I got it last week, and Veesha (my fiancé) loved it. I owe you big time! You were...
Vishal

View More


I just wanted to thank you and the people at Novori for all the help that you provided me when buying an engagement ring. When making such an important decision on a purchase over...
Brandon

View More



Diamond Jewelry Member
Novori BBB


Diamond Rings Payment Options

Credit Card Processing

 
  |    Home  |   Contact Us  |   Payment Policy  |   Return Policy  |   Privacy Policy |   Engagement Rings News  |   Diamonds  |   SiteMap  |  
   
  © 2004-2014 Novori Jewelry Inc. All rights reserved.     Terms and Conditions