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Diamond Ring Buying Guide by Renee Newman
Consumer-oriented book filled with useful information, drawings & pictures for 1st time diamond buyer.

Photo Masters of Diamond Grading by Gary Roskin
Photo Masters is a compilation of 244 extraordinary photomicrographs, suitable for students or experienced diamond graders.

Blood Diamonds

Blood Diamonds cost torture & death for Sierra Leone residents. Conflict Diamonds finance civil wars & terrorists, including al Qaeda.

Antique Price Guide

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The 5C's

Carat - Color - Clarity - Cut - Cost



The color of a diamond has the second biggest impact on its price, after carat weight. Did you know that diamonds come in every color of the rainbow?

Grading color in the normal range involves deciding how closely a stone's bodycolor approaches colorlessness. Most diamonds have at least a trace of yellow or brown bodycolor. With the exception of some natural fancycolors, such as blue, pink, purple, or red, the colorless grade is the most valuable.

If a diamond does not have enough color to be called fancy, then it is graded in a scale of colors ranging from Colorless to Light Yellow, "D" through "Z". A diamond with a "D" color is considered to be colorless. If the color is more intense than "Z", it is considered fancy. A fancy yellow diamond fetches a higher price than a light yellow diamond.

The Laboratories only grade diamonds which are unmounted, or "loose", and they do so under special light. Once a loose diamond is mounted on a ring, even the trained professional cannot always tell the difference between, say a "D" color and an "E" or "F" color diamond!

Color D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Fancy
Scale Colorless Near Colorless Faint Yellow Very Light Yellow <------Light Yellow------> Color

Here are some actual diamonds along with their color grade as given by GIA:

D color diamond
D Color
E color
E Color
f color diamond
F Color
G color diamond
G Color
h color
H Color
I color diamond
I Color
J color diamond
J Color
K color diamond
K Color
  L color diamond
L Color
M color diamond
M Color
o-p color
O-P Color
q-r diamond
Q-R Color
s-t faint yellow diamond
S-T Faint Yellow
u-v yellow diamond
U-V Yellow
w-x yellow diamonds
W-X Yellow
Y_Z yellow diamond
Y-Z Yellow
fancy light yellow diamond
Fancy Light Yellow
fancy yellow diamonds
Fancy Yellow
fancy intense yellow diamonds
Fancy Intense Yellow
fancy vivid yellow diamond
Fancy Vivid Yellow
White & Yellow Diamond Photos courtesy of diamondsbylauren.com. Copyright Rock Diamond, Inc. NY, NY

How much does "color" affect cost?

The effect of all the different properties of Diamond on Cost is discussed in more detail in the Cost section. For color, let's take a typical Diamond for an example, and see what happens when we take it through different color grades.

Let's start with a 1.00 carat Diamond of K color and VS1 Clarity. If you move up to an H color, you will pay approximately an extra $1,700 per carat. Move up to F color, the increase will be approximately $1,100 per carat. Improve the color to D and the increase will be approximately $900 per carat.


Further Reading:
Color Change Diamonds, Natural?
Passionate about Fancy Color Diamonds
Fancy Color Diamond Question
Grading Fancy Color Diamonds
Fancy Diamonds / Color Enhancing
A FANCY color diamond
Fancy Diamond Eye Candy
Lemon Flavored Fancy Yellow Ice


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