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Hello, friends of 316 Jewelry and Watch Boutique! When you’re thinking about purchasing a diamond, one of the things you’ll hear a lot about is the color of the diamond. So, what is diamond color? Let’s delve into the details!

Understanding Diamond Colors

The diamond color actually refers to the absence of color. A structurally perfect and chemically pure diamond has no hue. It’s like a perfect droplet of pure water. Our friends at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) developed the D-Z color scale to help classify these precious stones.


The D-Z scale begins with D, which signifies a colorless diamond, and ends with Z, indicating a diamond with noticeable color. However, to the untrained eye, it’s quite challenging to see any color difference between D, E, or F-graded diamonds. It’s one of the many aspects that make diamond shopping a fascinating journey.

Factors Influencing Diamond Color

Just like us humans, no two diamonds are alike. Their uniqueness comes from a blend of factors. Chemical impurities, for instance, can lend a diamond a tinge of color. Additionally, how a diamond’s crystal structure interacts with light can also influence its color. Furthermore, the size and shape of a diamond can subtly affect the way we perceive its color.

How Diamond Color is Determined

Determining diamond color is a complex process. At GIA, diamonds are compared to master stones under specific lighting conditions to ascertain their color grade. It’s an art and science all rolled into one. A certified grading report is essential when you purchase a diamond – it’s like the diamond’s birth certificate.

Impact of Diamond Color on Value

Diamond color can have a significant impact on its value. Generally, the more colorless a diamond is, the higher its value. This is due to the rarity of colorless diamonds. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and sometimes, a hint of color can add a unique charm to a diamond.

Fancy Colored Diamonds

Not all diamonds are clear, and that’s where fancy-colored diamonds come into play. These diamonds exhibit strong colors like blue, green, and even red. The Hope Diamond, a deep blue diamond, is one of the most famous fancy-colored diamonds. The hue of these diamonds comes from a combination of impurities and structural anomalies.

How to Choose the Right Diamond Color

Choosing the right diamond color is a blend of your personal preference, budget, and the metal type of the jewelry piece. If you prefer a completely colorless diamond and budget is not a constraint, go for the D-F color range. If you’re choosing yellow gold or rose gold for your setting, diamonds in the near-colorless range (G-J) can be a good match as the color of the metal can mask the diamond’s slight color.


Remember, at 316 Jewelry and Watch Boutique, we’re here to help you make the perfect choice.


Understanding diamond color is a key step in choosing the perfect diamond. Each diamond is a unique piece of Mother Nature’s artistry, and its color is part of its unique charm. Whether you prefer a colorless diamond or one with a hint of color, it’s all about choosing a diamond that you’ll love every time you look at it.


We welcome you to make an appointment with us or simply reach out to our team at 316 Jewelry and Watch Boutique. We’d be delighted to guide you through your diamond selection journey.


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