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Diamond Color Guide

It may sound like some logically incompatible term when it comes to diamond color in colorless diamonds. However, in case you have some knowledge about diamonds beforehand, you may know that color is among the most significant characteristics in a diamond. Color is one among the 4Cs of diamond and hence it plays a major role in defining the beauty of the stone. That is, whether you buy a round cut or emerald cut stone, the color of the diamond has great significance.

In order to get the highest quality diamond that is affordable to you, it is important that you know about the diamond colors first.  

Diamond Color Chart

The diamond color chart was actually developed by GIA so as to grade the diamond based on the range of colors they exhibit. This grading system developed by GIA is accepted as a standard method around the world. This color chart starts with the alphabet D and extends to Z according to the color. The D grade color diamond is completely colorless while the Z graded color diamond would have a tint of yellow in it. Even though these diamonds have a slight tint of color in it, they are all regarded to fall in the range of colorless diamonds and not among the colored stones.

If the color of the diamond goes beyond that of Z, then they would come under Fancy Yellow Colored Diamonds. With more accumulation of yellow tint in the diamond, the stone would  come under the Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond which is truly valuable.


Diamonds are always graded in a carefully set environment in order to reduce the distortions that could affect the grading of the stone. The key thing to remember here is that all colorless diamonds are graded for lack of color and not for its presence. From this, we could understand that the diamond color is not a concrete phenomenon but a factor that could influence the setting, light, shape and other features of the stone. However, this concept is subjective to changes based on the individual preferences of a person.

If the stone comes within a J color grade, it doesn’t mean that the stone would appear to have a strong color. At the first look, the stone would seem colorless. This stone, when viewed from the top would appear to be more colorless than what it actually is. However, when you view the stone from its sides you would see a noticeable color.