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
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"
Here are some actual diamonds
along with their color grade as given by GIA:
S-T Faint Yellow
Fancy Light Yellow
Fancy Intense Yellow
Fancy Vivid Yellow
& Yellow Diamond Photos courtesy of diamondsbylauren.com.
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How much does
"color" affect cost?
The effect of all the different
properties of Diamond on Cost is discussed in more detail in the
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.
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