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Diamond Colour

Understanding Colour.

The colour refers to how much colour is actually visible in the diamond.

Diamond colour grades start at D and continue through the alphabet. Truly colourless stones, graded D, are extremely rare and very valuable. The closer a diamond is to being colourless, the rarer and more valuable it is. 

A ‘D’ colour diamond, the highest available, will be graded as colourless. As you go down the scale, the intensity of a yellow tint in the diamond will increase to the naked eye. For example, a T colour diamond would be graded as light yellow. This will be obvious from the naked eye.

D: Absolutely colorless. Extremely rare diamonds.
E-F: Colorless. Traces of colour can only usually be detected by a trained gemologist. Rare diamonds.
G-H: Near-colorless. Yellow colour is difficult to detect except in side-by-side comparisons with other diamonds.
I-J: Near-colorless. Slight yellow hue may be detectable.
M-Z Noticeable color.

Which colour should I go for?

We strongly believe in the old saying; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What you like and prefer is very personal to you and quite subjective. If you are looking for best bang for your buck, we suggest going as colourless as possible. These diamonds are free from any obvious yellow tint.

However G-H colour diamonds are fantastic value for money, they’re categorised as ‘near colourless’ so the impact of colour to the naked eye would be minimal. To diamond buyers these quality of diamonds are known as commercial quality. The majority of multi stone jewellery found in high street stores will be of this quality.

Again, just like other C’s of a diamond, you need to get the right combination along with carat, clarity and cut

If you’re still unsure on your colour choice, please contact us on sales@diamond-heaven.co.uk or 0121 200 1300.

The colour scales goes from Z being the lowest and D being the highest.