DIAMOND COLOR SCALE & BUYING GUIDE
The Nitty Gritty: If you are buying a round diamond, then you are able to go as low as a J color with a great result. Take a look at this G color diamond from James Allen and compare it to this I color diamond. That is about a $1,000 difference in price for a quality that to a trained eye is so slight. If buying a different shape than round, there are different rules. Please feel free to reach out for guidance. Color comes from the bottom so diamonds like pears and emeralds require a higher color due to their shape.
LEARN HOW THE DIAMOND COLOR SCALE CAN DRAMATICALLY EFFECT PRICE
Diamond color is something not to take lightly. Depending the type of gold color you are making your engagement ring/jewelry with, you can really take advantage of cost savings. Below I have some tips to follow as you are selecting your Diamond.
HOW TO PICK THE BEST DIAMOND USING THE DIAMOND COLOR SCALE
- Some stones hide color better than others. Let me explain-Diamond color starts from the bottom up. If you look at a round stone, the tip(which is pointing downward once mounted} is were the color originates. Once you look at a diamond from the top the color is barely noticeable. Please see example below. With that said, round hides color very well opposite to the emerald. The Emerald diamond is flat and clear. Hiding color is much more difficult since the bottom and top are so close in proximity. My Advice for choosing the best color depending what stone you choose. Round: H-J Color Grades. Princess, Emerald, Asscher: G-I Color Grades.Other Diamond Shapes: F-H Color Grades.
- Choose a color in relation to your engagement ring setting. if you are choosing Platinum or white gold, then its best you stick with the G-J color scale. If your diamond is on a yellow gold setting, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to go white if the reflections of light off the gold ring will give it a yellow tone. Best you stick with the J-M. If Rose gold you can choose J-K and also save money.
Especially relevant, a Diamond color under M is not recommended. In the illustration below you will see samples of color. HOWEVER, when the diamond is facing up that color is harder to see. Consequently, this is why I love that H-J color. Again see my Color guide for tips best colors depending on what diamond shape you are buying. See this example of a J Color Diamond mounted below. Learn how Diamond Florescence can improve your J color diamond.
DO YOU SEE A LOT OF COLOR?
Below is a color chart showing color illustrations.
Most noteworthy, remember Color starts from the tip of the stone towards the face. Different shapes can effect diamond color. A round diamond hides color very well. In contrast when buying a Pear shape or Emerald, you must choose a higher color. See images below for example. For recommendations per shape regarding color, visit my Color page for deeper info.
Diamond Color and Clarity are the two areas that you are allowed to choose lower grades. Due to the H Diamond Color looking the same to the naked eye as D color. So why spend more? Rather spend your money wisely. Seems like your lady would appreciate a larger or better cut stone. Oh your lady doesn’t like big diamonds! Marry her fast, she is a Unicorn :).