Among the 4Cs for grading and evaluating, diamond color is an important one.
In fact, after the Diamond’s Cut, Diamond Color is the next most important characteristic to consider when choosing a diamond for your ring. White diamonds are valued for their lack of color – the closer to being color-free, the more worth the diamond has in the market where as colored diamonds are graded on the intensity of their color.
The range of colorless diamonds commands a certain respect and reputation in the diamond world. These diamonds are graded with the alphabets D, E and F, where the D grade is the highest level of perfection or colorlessness, followed by E and F grade diamonds. Colorless diamonds are much sought after for their effortless brilliance in an engagement ring. It is believed that the closer to “colorless” your diamond, the brighter it appears and the more it will sparkle. (Although the ‘sparkle of the diamond’ is also related to one of the other 4Cs, the Cut)
These stones can be absolutely breathtaking when cut precisely to ensure maximum brilliance. They are also a sight to behold when set in platinum or white gold. If you are the purist type, then you should look for a colorless diamond with a grade of D-F and a fluorescence rating of faint, inert, none, or negligible.
Near Colorless Diamonds
Near colorless diamonds are right next to the category of colorless ones. They comprise of G, H, I, and J grading. While being face up in the mounting, they appear pearly white or “colorless.” However, in this range, a tint of yellow does start to appear but can only be seen under extreme magnification. This tint of warmth (color) is more pronounced in the I and J color grades. When facing up, these diamonds display no color. Turned upside down, a small amount of color may be visible when compared alongside higher color grade loose diamonds.
Between the colorless and near colorless range of lab grown diamonds, jewelry designers suggest the latter, if you are looking for great value for money. Ѕіnсе І-Ј dіаmоnds аrе mоrе соmmоn thаn thе hіghеr grаdеs, they mау rеtаіl fоr hаlf thе соst оf а D dіаmоnd. These near colorless diamonds present a wide scope for styles which can further play up the brilliance of the diamond.
Slightly or Faint Colored Diamonds
The interesting thing about diamond color is that even though colorless diamonds are higher priced, all other Cs being equal, many prefer the look of a diamond with a slight yellow color because of its warmth. Not only do you find great value in Faint Colored diamonds, but you get to add a distinct character to your lab grown diamond engagement ring. Faint colored or lightly colored diamond spectrum includes K-L-M grades. Duе tо thе реrсерtіblе соlоr tіnt, а Κ dіаmоnd іs оftеn hаlf thе рrісе оf а G color dіаmоnd. The L and M diamonds will portray distinct соlоr but are a great choice if you plan to set your diamond in yellow gold as the diamonds will pick up some color from the setting anyway, so you lose nothing by choosing this grade for your jewelry. Jewelry designers are known to experiment with “tinted” diamonds as a design element to craft personalized styles, often with accent stone settings (which brighten up the center stone).
Remember, even the strictest authorities agree on a practical margin of +/- one grade in the subjective areas of color and clarity. LovBe provides high definition 360 degree magnified views for all its loose diamonds which allow you to compare, view and evaluate diamonds clearly. Compare diamonds with different clarity, cut, and color scales here.
What’s The Best Diamond Color?
While the D color diamond is the ‘best’ color money can buy, but many choose to purchase a diamond that is in the F-H range. This is somewhere between the colorless and the near colorless range of diamonds. If you choose your metal setting wisely, an H color graded diamond can be brilliant choice for an engagement ring or diamond ear studs. One can get the same sparkle and fire like those in the colorless range of lab grown diamonds. The near colorless range of diamonds is a preferred trend in Europe and America.
The G-I color graded diamonds or the nearly colorless ones, are one notch below the premium pure colorless range. But they give you excellent value for money. So, if you are looking at honing a pure lab grown diamond that still looks colorless, but saves you a lot of money, that you can later use for a more fashionable setting and design, the near colorless range is a good bet.
Experts recommend yellow or rose gold metal setting if you choose go with faint or lightly colored diamonds (I and lower grades). This is simply because the color of the metal may interfere with a higher diamond color but be complimentary for lower diamond colors.
What’s the Best Color & Cut Combination In a Diamond?
The choice of the color of a lab grown diamond is a personal preference. While the icy white is premium, there is the option to choose the near colorless diamonds that give the same brilliance and charm. The trick is in the way they are cut and refined.
In fact, the G-I color grade of diamond is more popular than the D-F aka colorless grade of lab grown diamond. But what should really decide your preference of a gemstone for your engagement ring is a well-balanced combination of the cut and color of your diamond. If you are not too emotional about owning a pearly white diamond, you could save money by opting for a nearly colorless lab diamond (G-I color grade) too. The color warmth is still unnoticeable in this category.
The shape also has a huge role to play in the way your diamond’s look and fire is accentuated. However, the diamond cut decides how well it will reflect light and whether it will show up inclusions or not. The diamond cut becomes more relevant as one encounters a diamond below the H color grade. Even a premier diamond color grade, if not cut to perfection, can fail to live up to its inner brilliance and fire. But you can get a magnificent shimmer from a diamond of a lower diamond color, if the diamond’s cutting is right.
Many elements are involved in determining a good diamond Cut. Of the 4Cs, after diamond color, the cut quality is therefore of paramount importance. The deciding elements include a stone’s cut proportion, facets, finishing details and ability to reflect light. The better these characteristics are, the higher the quality of a lab grown diamond is ascertained. In return, the finished product’s price becomes higher.
Labs like IGI grade a lab grown diamonds from Excellent to a Very Good cut grade based on factors like symmetry, polish, brilliance and fire. A lab grown diamond of a F-H grade can get an Excellent grade provided the depth, table and all other proportions are perfect. So, while choosing your perfect diamond, it is best advised to choose a diamond color that appeals to your personal preference and price, without compromising on the quality of the diamond cut.