Thursday, July 12, 2012

How Diamond Color Effects The Price

Diamond Color Explained!

You are on the phone with a diamond consultant or at a jeweler and she asks you what color are you looking for?  Will a I-J colored diamond suffice or do you want a G colored diamond? At this point you are totally lost and wished you knew more about diamond color. Lets take a quick look at the Diamond Color Rating System.

To the naked eye, most "white" diamonds will appear clear and have no distinct color. The truth is that most stones do have subtle hints of yellow or brown. A diamond that lacks color is considered to be very rare and is quite valuable. When considering diamond color, one of the very important 4Cs (carat, cut, color, clarity), it is important to differentiate between "colorless" and "fancy" colored diamonds that actually come in a variety of natural colors including pink, yellow, green and black. 

Using the charts below we will teach you about Diamond Color. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society (AGS) both have created the following system to color grade diamonds. The GIA's scale ranges from "D" to "Z" - from colorless to light yellow. The AGS's scale ranges from "0" to "10" - from colorless to fancy yellow.
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Think of each section as follows:
D E F - Absolutely no color (very expensive)
G H I J - Near Colorless (as you approach J faint color begins to appear)
K L M - Faint color begins to increase
N O P Q R - Very light yellow begins to show in small amounts
S through Z - Light yellow is very visible (very cheap diamonds)

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At Diamondwave we want you to understand what you are buying. We will always deliver a diamond that is of the quality listed in the description or better. Unlike other online retailers, we are sincere in our grading of color. Experience Diamondwave yourself. Call us at 866-978-7801 for gift ideas or help with building a custom Diamond Ring.

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