Diamond Education | Color

What is diamond color?

Diamonds that have been popularized in movies, shows and images of the rich and famous sparkle with transparent brilliance. Although a chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has little to no hue or color, no gem-sized naturally occurring diamond is absolutely perfect, and that’s what makes each one so unique and beautiful. With the right understanding of diamond color in mind, you will create the perfect Sylvie Collection engagement ring as grand as those on the big screen.

The most common diamond color is yellow and the diamond color scale is based on the amount of yellow present in the diamond. The color is rated using a GIA grading scale, with the grade referring to the absence of color. The higher the quality grade, the little to no color present in the diamond. If you’re looking for a naturally colored diamond outside of the normal color range, you’re looking for what are called fancy-color diamonds. Fancy-color diamonds are either yellow or brown or a color other than the two.

The human eye tends to detect the diamond’s sparkle, as determined by the diamond’s cut, before it detects the diamond’s color. A near-colorless diamond usually has a grade of G-I with little or no noticeable color to the naked eye. For an absolutely pure diamond devoid of yellow color, look for a diamond with a color grade of D-F. 

Keep in mind that certain settings can also enhance diamond color. For example, a loose diamond that appears lightly yellow to the untrained eye will appear more colorless when mounted in a white setting like platinum or white gold. Mounting like colors together, like a slightly yellow diamond in yellow-gold metal, will only enhance the yellow hue.

When creating your custom Sylvie Collection engagement ring, be sure to keep these notes about diamond and color in mind:

  • Color refers to the absence of naturally occurring yellow color in the diamond.

  • Color is generally considered the second most important characteristic to cut when selecting a diamond.

  • Near-colorless diamonds rate G-I on the GIA scale while colorless diamonds usually have a grade of D-F.

  • Although color distinctions may be invisible to the naked eye, the distinctions make a large difference in diamond quality.