Diamonds Defined: Color
Diamonds Defined is an ongoing educational series providing you with all the knowledge needed to help with your diamond purchase. We offer the finest selection of sustainably created diamonds direct from our own foundry.
The second most important of the 4Cs, color, is a reference to the absence of color in a diamond. Diamonds come in a variety of hues, but truly colorless white diamonds are rare and most have a slight hint of yellow. The closer to colorless a white diamond is, the rarer and more valuable it becomes.
The Importance of Diamond Color
Color impacts a diamond’s overall appearance. Even the untrained eye is capable of discerning the color variations between clear and pale yellow. Consequently, color is a major indication of a diamond’s value. VRAI only offers colorless and near colorless sustainably created diamonds. At this level, color differences are difficult to detect unless compared side-by-side.
Diamond Color Grade
This “C” is graded on the absence of color. Starting from D, meaning colorless, the scale follows the alphabet downward. Colorless to near colorless diamonds appear clear on the scale, and sit in a range of D through J. Anything beyond J is where slight amounts of pale yellow begin to show through. All of our sustainably created diamonds are colorless or near colorless ranging from D-J on the color scale.
Choosing Your Diamond Color
To identify the right diamond color for you, consider the overall design. Aside from value, factors like shape, size and setting can give you a better sense of the best diamond grade that suits your priorities.
Diamond Color & Carat Size
Carat size has a hand in how obvious a diamond’s color appears. The larger the diamond, the more evident color. If your diamond will be under a carat, you can get away with a lower color grade, but if you’re interested in a larger diamond, it’s recommended to invest in a higher color grade.
Diamond Color & Shape
Certain diamond shapes will hide color better than others. The symmetry of round brilliant diamonds can allow you to save on color with a slightly lower grade. Emerald shapes tend to hide color as well and can tolerate a lower color grade. Shapes with larger face-up size, like the oval, are inclined to show color more and are better suited for colorless or near colorless diamonds. The more unique shapes—cushion, pear, marquise and trillion—are also susceptible to showing more color.
Diamond Color & Setting
The metal in which you set your diamond can also have an effect on the perception of its color. Yellow gold can offset diamonds of a more yellow hue. Rose gold’s warmth, like yellow gold, can also balance out slight yellow tones. White gold or platinum can emphasize yellow coloring within a diamond and if choosing one of these two metals, we suggest prioritizing a higher color graded diamond for a more balanced design.