As you probably know already, diamonds come in a wide variety of colors, and some of these colors are very rare and they have a high price tag. As a matter of fact, yellow, blue, and pink diamonds are highly prized and sought after by many.
As far as white diamonds are concerned, the way to judge them is by the amount of body color that they have. If the body color is true, it will reflect it greater, and this is how diamonds become much more valuable.
When it comes to the diamond color scale, it has reached this level of popularity because it helps to accurately measure the specific color within the diamond.
As you may already know, some diamonds will have minor color differences and they can be detected throughout the environment of the diamond itself. But it’s often difficult to detect these minor differences, which is why the diamond color scale by GIA has been widely adopted.
With that said, we will now take a look at the diamond color scale in greater detail to help you better understand it.
The GIA Diamond Color Scale and What It Means
- Diamonds that are colorless – these diamonds are given a letter grade of D, E, and F. It’s very difficult to detect the differences in the colors of these diamonds. As a matter of fact, a qualified gemologist is usually the only person that can see the major differences and they have to be recognized as part of a side-by-side comparison.
- Diamonds that are near colorless – diamonds in this range are given the letter grade of G, H, I, and J. If a diamond falls in this range, it will have traces of color that are hardly noticeable by the naked eye. When you buy diamonds in this grade scale, it is wise to set them in white gold or platinum. As you can imagine, these are also quite expensive as far as diamonds are concerned.
- Diamonds that are faint color – diamonds in the faint color range are graded by letters K, L, and M. When a diamond of this type has a faint color, it is possible to easily detect it with the naked eye, as opposed to all the other diamonds mentioned so far that aren’t noticeable this way. If you do buy a faint colored diamond, it’s best to set it in yellow gold.
- Diamonds that are very light color – in this range, the grades for these diamonds are N, O, P, Q, and R. At this level, the brown and yellow tint is very easy to notice within the diamonds. These diamonds are very inexpensive when compared to other options of higher grade diamonds.
- Diamonds that are light color – diamonds in this letter grade range include S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z. In this range, the brown and yellow tint in the diamond is quite noticeable. These diamonds are not considered a white diamond at all, and you’ll have a difficult time finding them in a regular retail location.