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What’s The Difference Between Colorless and Near Colorless Diamonds?

Gemologists grade diamonds based upon a wide number of factors. The four most important factors are called “The Four C’s,” and this includes diamond color. The best graded diamonds actually refers to the absence of color, and these are known as colorless diamonds. While colorless diamonds are the most valuable, near colorless diamonds also offer a great value. For customers searching for a more affordable diamond ring, picking a near colorless diamond is a great option. Continue reading below to learn more about the difference between colorless and near colorless diamonds.

The Diamond Color Scale

Diamond color is a primary factor in determining the value of a diamond. The most well known rankings of diamond color are provided by the AGS and GIA. Although AGS is one of the standards, the majority of diamond retailers use the GIA scale. This scale rates diamonds from colorless to near colorless followed by faint, very light, and light color. Diamonds beyond a rating of Z on the GIA scale are known as fancy colored diamonds. Diamonds rated D through F are considered colorless diamonds while diamonds in the G through J range are near colorless.

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Diamond color is an important aspect of the four c’s


Near Colorless Diamonds

As their name implies, near colorless diamonds contain only the smallest traces of color. Diamonds are colored by elements trapped inside, such as nitrogen. The nitrogen absorbs blue and violet light, which causes the diamond to appear with a yellow or brownish tint. While near colorless diamonds are not as pure as colorless diamonds, it can be extremely difficult to tell them apart without magnification.  When mounted in jewelry, it can be impossible to differentiate colorless and near colorless diamonds apart.

The Best Value

Since near colorless diamonds are much more affordable than completely colorless diamonds, they are a great value. Additionally, for customers who absolutely must have a colorless diamond, diamonds graded F are an excellent choice. Although these diamonds are graded as colorless, they are a more affordable options than diamonds graded D. Overall, the right diamond for you fits both your style and budget. Be sure to research diamond color in the Adiamor Diamond Education Guide before making a decision. This will allow you to get the best diamond for your budget.

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Know Your Diamonds, Part 1: Colorless Diamonds

Since the birthstone of April is the diamond, we thought spending some time this month blogging about the different aspects of these gemstones would be helpful for our customers. As one of the four c’s, color is incredibly important when selecting a loose diamond for use in fine jewelry. However, “color” can be a bit misleading. The most sought after diamonds are actually colorless. The reason for this is that colorless diamonds are less cloudy and therefore reflect more light. This is referred to as brilliance and fire in the industry, but most people simply refer to it as a diamond’s sparkle.

Defining Colorless Diamonds

The color of a diamond is rated on a scale from D to Z on the GIA scale. A diamond rated as a D would be considered completely colorless and therefore the most prized. However, colorless diamonds can also be rated E and F. The naked eye is unable to distinguish the amount of color in these diamonds. Moving down the scale, near colorless diamonds are rated G through J. These diamonds also appear to be without color to the untrained eye, but faint hints of other hues are detectable with precision instruments. For most people, near colorless diamonds are the best value. This is because people in everyday life will see a sparkling diamond without any color without paying full price for a truly colorless diamond.

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Examples of diamond color grading

What About Fancy Colored Diamonds?

While colored diamonds in the K through R range of the GIA grading scale are not desirable for fine jewelry due to their faint yellow tint, there are some diamonds with natural coloring that are actually quite valuable. These diamonds are known as fancy colored diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds are created when other elements are present during the creation of a diamond. For example, the presence of boron creates diamonds with blue hues while trapped electrons create pink diamonds. Even more rare, the presence of radiation manifests diamonds with green coloring. Diamonds with pure natural coloring are some of the most prized gemstones on the planet.

The Right Diamonds For Fine Jewelry

At Adiamor, we only carry diamonds graded between D and J. These colorless and near colorless gemstones are the best choices for creating fine jewelry and engagement rings. Colorless diamonds are the most valuable because they are more rare, but near colorless diamonds provide great value for the price. When deciding on what diamond is right for your custom jewelry, color is an extremely important aspect. However, it is only one of the four C’s, and factors such as cut, clarity, and carat weight should heavily factor into your decision.

Continue checking in with the blog this month as we explore more diamond related topics. For more information on diamonds right now, visit our Education Center today!