Diamond Color – What does it mean and how to choose the right color for you.

You may have noticed that when you search for a diamond ring, the description always lists a color followed by a letter of the alphabet. But what does that mean? Aren’t all diamonds clear? Diamonds are a complex mineral that have a range in quality. The color of the diamond plays a role in the quality of the diamond, but that doesn’t mean that some diamonds are good and some are bad. Every color diamond has its purpose. If you’re confused about diamond color, we’re here to help outline what diamond color means and how to choose the right one for you.

The Value of Diamonds in Terms of Color

Diamond color is graded on a scale from letters D to Z. The letter D represents the most colorless diamond you can purchase and Z represents the most yellow tinted diamond you can purchase. Each letter represents one color in the gradient from colorless to yellow. The more colorless a diamond, the higher the price since these diamonds are considered higher quality. You may have also noticed there are diamonds with a color listed as “Fancy Yellow.” This color should not be confused with typical lower color grade diamonds though. Fancy yellow diamonds are actually a rare type of diamond that is formed when nitrogen gets trapped in the diamond as it forms underground. This gives the diamond a unique bright yellow look that is different from typical diamonds that are not colorless. There are also so many other types of “Fancy” colored diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds are created when another element merges with the diamond as it forms. For example, elements like Boron will create a blue diamond, radiation will create a green diamond, graphite will create a black diamond and structural deformations in the diamond lattice, will cause rare colors like pink and red. These colored diamonds are created by abnormalities in nature so you can see why they are all incredibly rare and tend to cost more than a typical diamond.

How Do I Know What Color To Choose?

Most people can’t see the color discrepancies between most of the decent color grades. It takes a trained eye or someone who is really perceptive to color. Even so, the slight color differences make a huge difference in price. If you plan to purchase a diamond as an investment, it’s ideal to purchase a diamond with a better color grade. Buying a diamond that is considered better quality will give you a greater return on your investment. If you are buying a diamond in the hopes that you will keep it forever and even pass it down as an heirloom, the color grading matters less because a lower color grading doesn’t mean its a bad diamond. Another thing to consider when choosing a diamond color is the color of the jewelry that the diamond will be set in. While lower color gradings like H, I, and J may be less valuable than a D, E, or F, diamond, they tend to look incredible on a yellow gold or rose gold piece of jewelry because it really complements the warm tone of the metal. If you’re looking for a diamond that is super unique, you can opt for a fancy colored diamond. Pink diamonds are a really feminine and modern look and black diamonds make a dramatic statement. We’re a huge fan of fancy yellow diamond engagement rings when paired with some colorless diamond side stones. 

Some Uniquely Colored Diamonds We’re Loving At The Moment

AnastasiaThis ring is a truly eye-catching piece. This ring features a striking fancy vivid pink emerald cut diamond at its center and is paired with two delicate epaulette side stones. Perfect for anyone looking to stand out with their engagement ring choice.
CleoThis 3 carat champagne colored oval cut diamond is a real head turner. Set with a rose gold two- tone setting to match the warm tones of the diamond. Nothing says celebration like some champagne and this ring is definitely something to celebrate.
GwendolynThis ring features a stunning 1.93 carat round brilliant cut diamond. Set with a yellow gold thin solitaire band with a hidden halo that compliments the warm sepia color of the diamond. This ring has vintage vibes in a subtle way that will remain a classic forever.
NellieWhile this is a typical diamond, we wanted to include this ring because although the diamond on this ring has an H color rating, she is absolutely stunning. This just goes to show that just because a diamond is not rated as completely colorless, does not mean that it isn’t absolutely perfect.
AtlasThis ring features a fancy yellow elongated radiant cut at its center and is paired with two elegant tapered baguette side stones. The side stones really make this fancy yellow diamond stand out and the yellow gold double prongs blend in with the stone making it the center of attention
Montana: This gorgeous fancy yellow pear shaped center stone with two baby pear shaped side stones reminds us of a vintage heirloom. It has a cool classic vibe perfect for anyone looking for something different. This ring looks incredible in both white gold and yellow gold. We can’t decide which one we love more.
Ultimately, when choosing a diamond color, you have to make sure you are choosing the best option for your budget and personal style regardless of what is considered more valuable or more expensive. If you love the look of a more yellow-tinted diamond then go for it! If you don’t have a preference for diamond color and want to put your budget towards the clarity or carat weight of the diamond, that’s great too. The most important thing to consider when choosing a diamond is that you love how the diamond looks and will be happy with your choice long term. If you’re still not sure how to choose, our team of experts are always happy to help you find the perfect diamond for you.