Diamond Color Chart: Review Diamond Color in a Chart 2011-05-24T10:50:22+00:00

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AsI pointed out on my Diamond Color page seeing the difference between diamond colors is very difficult. In fact, if you take any 2 colors that are adjacent to each other on color charts (e.g. an E and F) you won’t be able to see the difference between them. Even if you take diamonds that are 2 grades apart in most cases you won’t be able to tell them apart unless you hold them up next to each other under proper lighting.  If I were to show you first a G color diamond and then a few seconds later an H color diamond-you won’t be able to tell me which is which! So why pay extra for the G color? Good question and the answer is that all things being equal- you shouldn’t!

Here is a diamond color chart that I put together showing you similar diamonds with only the color being different.  All the diamond images below are real diamonds listed on James Allen at the time of this writing. I provide the link to each one so you can see for yourself. I tried to keep all other factors equal so I picked out only diamonds that are between 1.0 and 1.05 carat and is an Ideal cut VS1 Round diamond.  The only major difference between them is the color.  See if you can tell the difference between them.

Color Grade
DescriptionSample Image
DColorless

D Colorless diamond are one of the most rare diamonds ever, they are truly colorless (along with E grade).
D Grade is also one of the most valuable grades you can ever find.
Most gemologist can tell the difference between D & E grades by comparison side by side, only a few of them can detect that in naked eye without having the other grade in hand.
EColorless
E grade is coloreless as well, can't detect any color on it, it's valuable as D grade (almost).
You need an experienced gemologist to tell the difference between D & E as stated above.
FColorless
F is colorless; almost!
Because when a gemologist looks at an F grade diamond as faced down, he/she can notice a very (undetectable) amount of color.
D, E & F grades should be in set of white gold or platinum, because color is reflected in yellow gold, it won't appear nice because it will negate the colorless effect in those grades.
GNear Colorless
G is the first line of near colorless grades.
G is the most expensive grade among the near colorless grades, thus, you may see more of I & J in retail markets
Also note that price tend to decrease 10%-20% from grade G down to J. So a $1000 J diamond may cost around 60%-80% more if it was G grade.
HNear Colorless
H is a bit less expensive that G, but still more than J & I.
It can set (along with all near colorless grades) with platinum or white gold settings.
INear Colorless
You will see more & more of I & J in retails because they are much cheaper than other graded colorless & near colorless diamonds.
Roughly speaking, I & J are almost half the price of D grade diamond.
JNear Colorless
Same as I, it's the cheapest (cheaper that I), most people prefer to get it since it's the most affordable near colorless diamond.
KFaint Color
Yes, colorless & near colorless grades are much more expensive, but the K grade colored grade has a huge audience of fans, a lot of people love to see some color in their diamond, so they go shop for a K grade diamond, which shows a decent amount of color (compared to previous grades).
Mentioning the price, K grade is almost half the price of G grade diamond.