Buying a Diamond: The 4 Cs: Color

Color – Why it’s Important

The term “color” in diamond buying is really the opposite of what you may think. When making your selection, you’re not actually looking for the presence of a particular color. Instead, your ideal diamond will have as little color as possible. Most diamonds appear icy white, but many have tiny hints of color, usually yellow.

The closer to white or “colorless” the stone appears, the more valuable it is. Colorless diamonds are extremely rare, and therefore very valuable. The reason – the absence of color allows more light to pass through the stone. As more light enters, more light also exits the diamond, thereby emitting a higher level of sparkle or “fire”. However, there are no hard and fast rules for what color makes a diamond beautiful. Color characteristics in diamonds are a result of composition and will not change over time.

Diamonds were formed under intense heat and pressure. Colorless diamonds are composed of pure carbon. Traces of other elements incorporated into their atomic structure account for the variances in color. A single change in color grade can significantly affect a diamond’s value.

The color of the setting is also very important. A white diamond looks best in a white setting. This is why our engagement rings are offered in white gold or two tone, a yellow ring with a white gold setting.

Read the rest of the article to learn about the color of a diamond

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One response to “Buying a Diamond: The 4 Cs: Color

  1. Pink and blue diamonds are really rare and really expensive too! They can look amazing as well and they add some variety to the diamond collection other than just white and yellow.
    Good article and explaination, thanks!