Diamond color is rated on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (obviously yellow or brownish).
Unless you are a diamond expert you will probably not be able to tell the difference
between diamonds which are color graded D-I unless you are comparing diamonds side
by side. Diamonds with higher color grades are rare and often command a premium
price. However, color is largely a matter of personal preference and while some
seek a near colorless diamond, others prefer a trace of color.
Color Grade D
D is the highest color grade and is reserved for a truly colorless diamond. It is
completely colorless to the naked eye and much sought after because it is so rare.
Color Grade E
E grade diamonds are almost perfectly colorless, with only microscopic traces of
color which can only be identified by diamond experts.
Color Grade F
F grade diamonds are almost totally colorless, with only minute hints of color which
can only be detected by experienced gemologists.
Color Grade G
G grade diamonds appear nearly colorless to non diamond experts. This grade offers
excellent value for money.
Color Grade H
H grade diamonds have a very slight tinge of color which is only perceptible when
evaluated next to a colorless diamond. They appear nearly colorless to non diamond
professionals and offer an excellent investment.
Color Grade I
I grade diamonds have very slight color traces which are only evident when compared
to a colorless diamond. To non diamond professionals they appear nearly colorless.
Color Grade J
J grade diamonds have a very slight yellow tinge. They are an excellent choice for
those on a budget who are not looking for a colorless diamond.
Color Grade K
K grade diamonds have a very minor yellow hue. They are popular choice for the budget
Color Grade L
L grade diamonds have a faintly tinted yellow color. They are a good alternative
for those not looking for a colorless diamond, and who are seeking excellent value
Color Grade M
M grade diamonds have a slightly noticeable yellow color. They are often a good
choice for those not looking for a colorless diamond.
Color Grade N and Lower
N grade diamonds and lower color grades have lightly tinged yellow color. They are
a good alternative for the budget conscious who prefer a diamond with some color.