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Consumer Diamond Education - Diamond Color









Diamond, acting as a prism, can divide light into spectrum of colors and reflect this light as colorful flashes called the fire. Just as when looking through colored glass, color in a diamond will act as a filter, and will diminish the spectrum of color emitted. The less color in a diamond, the more colorful the fire, and the better the color grade.

The Jewelry Hut Diamond Color

Diamond Tips and Hints

At The Jewelry Hut, you will find only the finest quality diamonds with color grades of D - J. Diamonds that are graded J or higher are colorless or near colorless; their color is typically undetectable to the unaided eye in these diamonds.  K - Z color graded diamonds detract from the beauty of a diamond.  These diamonds are specially noticeable when set in platinum or white gold.

Diamond Color Chart


Absolutely Colorless

The highest diamond color grade and is extremely rare diamond.



Only minute traces of color can be detected by an expert diamond gemologist and is rare diamond.



Slight color can be detected by an expert diamond gemologist, but it is till considered a colorless grade diamond.  It is considered a high quality diamond.

G - H

Near Colorless

Color is noticeable when compared to diamonds of better color grades and these diamonds offer excellent value.

I - J

Near Colorless

Color are slightly detectable and these diamond offer excellent value.

K - M

Noticeable Color

Noticeable Color.

N - Z

Noticeable Color

Noticeable Color.

The Jewelry Hut Diamond Gallery Store also have a fantastic collection of fancy color diamonds.  These diamonds are graded on a different color scale than the white, or colorless, diamonds. Since the color scale described above ranges from the best, colorless, the worst quality, with noticeable color, in white diamonds, therefore the colors found in fancy color diamonds are not represented using the above color scale.  Learn more about Fancy Color Diamonds.

Diamond Fluorescence

Some people seek diamonds that produce this unique effect, while others avoid it.  The visible effects of diamond Fluorescence grades of “Faint Blue”, “Inert”, “Negligible”, and “medium Blue” can only be detected by trained diamond gemologist with specific UV light. A fluorescence grade of “Strong Blue” or “Very Strong Blue” can make a diamond with a near colorless grade look even more white.  In some very rare instances a diamond with very strong fluorescence can give the diamond a slight hazy or oily appearance. Diamonds with a strong or very strong fluorescence are better value for some customer because the market price them slightly lower than diamonds with faint or negligible fluorescence. Learn more about diamond fluorescence.

The Best Diamond Color Grades

  1. For the purist, you look for a colorless diamond with color grade of D - F and a fluorescence rating of ‘Faint’, ‘Inert’, ‘None’, or negligible.
  2. For an excellent value in a diamond with no noticeable color to the unaided eye, you should look for a near colorless grade diamond of G - I, and a fluorescence grade of ‘Medium Blue’ or ‘Strong Blue’.
  3. If you prefer not to compromise on diamond color, but like to stay on your set budget, then choose a diamond with a good cut, SI1 - SI2 Clarity, and consider a diamond with strong fluorescence. It will still be beautiful to the unaided eye and you may prefer the unique effect of a strong fluorescence.


Diamond Tips and Hints

  1. How important is diamond color when you are selecting a diamond?
    Diamond Color is the second most important aspect when choosing a diamond. When you are looking at a diamond, the human eye, first, notices the diamond’s cut and second notices its color. Color becomes specially important when considering diamonds of larger sizes, since the additional light reflected from a larger diamond can make the color more noticeable.  Additionally, diamond shapes with step facets, such as Asscher, or Emerald, reflect less light and therefore show more color than their more faceted counterpart diamonds.
  2. Which diamond colors offer the best value?
    The diamond colors I and J have slightly detectable color, but tend to offer an excellent value for your money specially when considering a diamond shape such as Round or Princess.  These types of diamond shapes have more facets that reflect more light, and therefore can mask color in a diamond.
  3. What the differences between colorless diamonds of color grade D, E, or F?
    The Diamond Color Chart provides a comparison of diamond colors of D - J. Diamonds with the color D are absolutely colorless and are considered the rarest and most desirable diamonds. Diamonds with the color grades of E - F are still considered colorless to the naked eye. The color in diamonds of E and F grades can only be detected by an expert Diamond gemologist.
  4. What are the diamond color differences between G and H?
    Both diamond colors G and H are considered near colorless diamonds and the differences between the two color are minor.  Diamond color in both grade may be noticeable when compared to diamonds of better color grades, but both of these diamond color selections offer excellent value.
  5. What are the diamond color differences between I and J?
    Both diamond colors I and J are also considered near colorless and differences between the two diamond colors are also minor. Although there are a few people who can detect in a J color diamond, most people can begin to perceive color in diamonds graded  J or lower. Diamonds in both these color grades can still provide excellent value for your money.
  6. Can I maximize the color of the diamond I am buying?
    Diamond shapes that deflect more light, such as a Round brilliant diamond or Princess diamond, can mask some color in a diamond. Therefore, you can maximize the diamond color in a diamond by choosing to purchase a diamond shape that has more facets.
    In addition, the type of the metal that a diamond is set can complement its color. You can maximize the diamond color graded I or J by choosing a yellow gold metal setting. With diamonds color grades D - H, you should consider a white gold or platinum setting to best compliment the natural color of the diamond.
  7. What is fluorescence and how does it affect the color of a diamond?
    Diamond Fluorescence refers to whether or not a stone produces a color reaction only when exposed to ultraviolet radiation.  The visible effects of fluorescence can only be detected by a trained diamond gemologist with specific UV light.  A grade of ‘Strong Blue’ or ‘Very Strong Blue’ fluorescence can make a diamond with a near colorless grade look slightly more white in color, but the difference can only be noticed in bright sunlight.
  8. What are Fancy Color diamonds?
    Fancy Color Diamonds are rare but natural diamonds that exhibit colors such as yellow, pink, blue, or red. The Jewelry Hut Diamond Gallery Boutique Store offers Fancy Color Diamonds, all of which have natural color and have never been exposed to artificial coloring techniques such as dying or irradiation.  The Jewelry Hut Fancy Color Diamonds are accompanied by a GIA, Gemological Institute of America, Diamond Report, which lists the diamond’s specifications and natural origin.

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