A Chart to Choose the Color

Color for diamonds; what’s that about?  Everyone knows that diamonds are colorless gems.  And that’s exactly the point.  Colorless diamonds must be just that, totally transparent; any tinge of color will detract from their beauty. Which explains why a diamond color chart is an essential piece of information if you’re thinking about purchasing a diamond.

A Beautiful Diamond

The brilliance of a diamond can’t be matched by any other gem.  Breathtaking sparkle and fire emanate from the many diamond facets.  The colourful light reflections blow us away, the luster of the gem allures us and the diamond’s charm convinces us that this is a must have jewel.  Of course, not all diamonds have the same level of beauty, some are more attractive than others and it’s partly down to the diamond color grade.

The Diamond Color Chart

All colorless diamonds are assigned a grade that indicates the level of color present in the gem, the top grade is a D.  Learn why diamond color grading starts with a D here.  The diamond color chart below shows the amount of color that can be present in any diamond with a given color grade.  Note, that anything less than a G grade means that diamond will have a brown or yellowish tinge which can ruin the luster of the diamond.  At MAZAL we choose diamonds with superb color grades, ranging from D – G for maximum beauty and radiance.

Which Color Grade to Choose?

Any amount of color present in what should be a colorless diamond can impinge on your ability to see the beautiful light rays that emanate from the gem.  However, the difference between the top color grades is not all that significant.  The naked eye, particularly one that’s untrained, will not be able to recognize the difference between a D, E, or F color grade.  Obviously, a D grade will be more valuable, because D grade diamonds are a lot rarer and more beautiful when viewed under a jeweler’s loupe.  Once you go further down the color grades, particularly below a “G,” you will begin to notice how a tinge of color affects the beauty.

Diamond Cut more important than Diamond Color

The ultimate cause of a dazzling diamond is the diamond cut.  An excellent diamond cut implies facets that are cut uniformly and precisely.  Each part of the anatomy of a diamond will also be formed using ideal proportions.  In such a diamond, the light rays can refract from facet to facet and will reflect out the diamond to your eye.  A poorly cut diamond will cause the light to leak out the bottom of the diamond, resulting in a dull and lifeless stone.  So, moral of the story; upgrade the cut before the color.  Diamond cut is most important and can actually enhance the diamond color.

Diamond Settings

When it comes to purchasing diamonds for engagement rings you should consider the color of the diamond setting before deciding which grade of diamond color to go for.  Platinum and white gold engagement rings will cause the diamond color to be more noticeable, whereas, yellow or rose gold settings might camouflage and blend well with slightly more color.

Image: Six Prong Engagement Ring with Twisting Trellis Setting

Choosing an Engagement Ring

If you’re looking for a diamond for an engagement ring, we can help.  We suggest 5 steps to buying an engagement ring: 1. Setting a Budget 2. Choosing a Setting 3. Finding the Right Diamond  4. Selecting Band Color 5. Certification.

To make it easy we have created an engagement ring buying guide, where you can run through these 5 steps in detail.

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