We get this question a lot, when people are a bit unsure of what color they should look for in a diamond, it becomes a bit confusing since a lot of web articles recommend going low in color and spend more money on a higher cut, and when they walk into a diamond store, the sales guy will try to convince them to get the highest color possible.
So, on diamonds color scale, where the G color stands? And is it a good option for you? Will it affect your diamond look? Does a G color diamond look yellowish? Let’s see.
Diamonds: First Impression
The combination of heat and pressure in the earth’s upper mantle produced the sparkly translucent structures we call diamonds today.
Because of their alleged rarity, diamonds are highly valued and used widely for jewelry and also for a good number of industrial applications due to their strength.
What You Know Vs. What You Should Know About Diamonds
So you know diamonds are expensive, rare and shiny? Good. Did you know that they come in a wide range of shades, weights and shapes? Before we take a solid look at more of these facts, let us look at the 5Cs of diamond hunting.
The 5Cs of Diamond Hunting
Yes we all know the 4Cs: Clarity, Carat, Color, Cut, but when you hear the term 5Cs, it means that they added the less popular; Certification, which are the factors that govern the classification, quality and value of diamonds:
This is a pre-determined ranking of how internal (and sometimes external) blemishes affect the value of a diamond. Six significant categories determine the clarity grade of a diamond. They are:
- FL: which denotes that the diamond is flawless
- IF: which means that the diamond is internally flawless
- VVS1 & VVS2: which signify that the diamond is very very slightly included
- VS1 & VS2: which denote that the diamond is very slightly included
- SI1, SI2 & SI3: which indicate that the diamond is slightly included (Read: Diamond Clarity SI1: Is this Good Enough?)
- I1, I2 & I3: which denote that the diamond is included.
Note that the term ‘included’ refers to the visible flaws of a diamond.
Otherwise called Carat Weight, functions as a standard of measurement for the weight of diamonds. A carat weight equals 0.20 grams.
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Simply put, the cut of a diamond is the number of angles inscribed by a craftsman into the diamond in its whole state to make it appear refined. This refining is carried out to enhance the diamond’s internal mirroring and deflection of light. The better your diamond cut, the more polished it is.
This is a grading report from an expert gemological laboratory that is attached with the procurement of a diamond, stating and verifying the diamond’s qualities. The most common lab for certifying diamonds is the GIA (and it’s the best diamond certificate you can get)
And before we talk about the G Color diamonds, we will be answering your favorite diamond queries:
1. Does size matter?
Yes and no! Conventionally, the bigger a diamond, the more expensive it is said to be. However, a well-cut but small diamond with great clarity and hue costs more than a large diamond with poor clarity and a terrible cut and tone, that’s why most diamonds professionals consider Cut as the most important factor in a diamond.
2. Why so many colors?
Apart from the conventional colorless tint, diamonds come in so many other surprising colors like blue and pink; and shades of yellow and tinted white. For the colored and pale diamonds, the more the tone of the diamond body, the lesser its mirroring property and hence, the cheaper it becomes.
The G Color Diamond
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a scale of D to Z where D represents colorless diamonds, and Z represents diamonds colored light yellow or near brown.
The G-Color Diamond rests perfectly as the first on the near colorless shade scale, having a slight tint of yellow as ranked by the GIA.
The smaller the G Color diamond, the less relevant the hue becomes. However, diamond color is taken into significant consideration as their carat weight increases. The bigger a diamond is, the more visible the color tints.
G-color diamonds are usually purchased in over 1 carat, unlike less valuable I-J grade diamonds which are obtained in less than 1-carat cuts to mask the color tint effectively.
This Is Why The G Color Diamond Popular:
The G Color Diamond bangs the “sweet spot” on the GIA color scale. This spot masks the color in a diamond and makes it almost impossible to notice unless compared with another diamond.
Also, when these G color gems are set in platinum or gold, they appear less colored. For this reason, G Color diamonds are sought after as they seem like colorless and more expensive D-F diamonds when fixed in proper settings with price variance ranging from up to 25%.
How Much Does The G Color Diamond Cost Anyway?
The price of diamonds is classified based on many factors, mainly the 4Cs we mentioned above, and since cut & carat directly affect the price, we will see how clarity does so when we consider a G Color diamond.
Generally speaking, the lesser the clarity grade of a diamond, the lower the cost. For lower cost but visibly perfect diamonds the VS2 & SI1 are your best options, and by the way, if you have more budget, you better spend it on Cut rather than Clarity.
With proper certification, the gems in this category range from $4000 to $7000 per carat as you can see here on JamesAllen.
Further Reading: What is The Best Diamond Clarity?
What G Color Diamond Should I Buy?
We always recommend getting an eye-clean diamond, this usually appears in all diamonds with SI1 clarity & above, as this grade of diamonds has slight inclusions that are almost invisible unless examined properly under magnifying equipment.
For the cut, always go with very good to excellent cuts, and whenever someone tries to sell you a good cut, remember this image and how a proper cut diamond means more brilliance and better light reflection.
As for carats, this is totally depending on your budget but remember that higher carat sizes mean more visible inclusions, which means you should go a little above SI1 in some cases (feel free to contact us and we would love to give you feedback on any diamond, free of charge & at no commitment). These are minimal-yet-best factors you can go with, while staying safe to get a great diamond.
The shape of a diamond also helps mask its inclusions. We endorse round cut G colored diamonds as this style of cutting separates light, allowing the sparkle to conceal the diamond’s flaws.
Now, what kind of G Color diamond will you buy?
Are you going grand or laying low on the carat sizes?
Whatever your choice, we do hope this article has enlightened you and given you a solid reasons to go for your perfect G color diamond.
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