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Diamond Education

Diamond Color

Diamonds come in a variety of colors, some of them highly prized (pinks, blues, green, orange, and even yellow). However in a white diamond, the presence of a yellow tint will lower the price of a diamond. The less body color in a white diamond, the more true color it will reflect, and thus the greater its value.

Every Diamond at Diamore Diamonds Dallas - Wholesale Diamonds and Custom Diamond Rings has been assigned a color grade by the GIA or EGL USA in a viewing environment specially designed to eliminate color from surrounding surfaces as well as the light source itself. This allows the color of the diamond to be accurately measured. Minor differences in diamond color detected in this environment are very difficult if not impossible to detect in a normal environment. The diamond industry has adopted the GIA diamond color scale; almost every diamond sold today is rated using the GIA color scale, whether it was actually certified by the GIA or not.

Diamonds of D, K, and Z GIA Color Grade

Below is the GIA diamond color chart with definitions, accompanied by further explanatory comments from Diamore Diamonds Dallas - Wholesale Diamonds and Custom Diamond Rings in Dallas, Texas 75207 & 75240.

Impact on Beauty:
Diamond color grades D through J are considered colorless or nearly colorless, and as such will make exquisite jewelry. D, E, and F colors, however are the most highly prized as they are considered "colorless".

Impact on Price:
Subtle differences in color may account for dramatic differences in price. When you are certain of the color grade of the diamond (per its certificate and/or independent appraisal), selecting a diamond that is a grade or two lower than another will reduce the cost per carat and may allow for the selection of a larger diamond - often with little if any visible difference when the stone is mounted.

GIA DIAMOND COLOR SCALE

Colorless

While there are differences in color between D, E, and F diamonds, they can be detected only by a gemologist in side by side comparisons, and rarely by the untrained eye.

D-F diamonds should only be set in white gold / platinum. Yellow gold reflects color, negating the diamond's colorless effect.

Near Colorless

While containing traces of color, G-J diamonds are suitable for a platinum or white gold setting, which would normally betray any hint of color in a diamond.

Because I-J diamonds are more common than the higher grades, they tend to be a great value. An I-J diamond may retail for half the price of a D diamond. Within the G-J range, price tends to increase 10-20% between each diamond grade.

Faint Color

Beginning with K diamonds, color (usually a yellow tint) is more easily detected by the naked eye.

Set in yellow gold, these warm colored diamonds appeal to some, and are an exceptional value. Others will feel they have too much color. Due to its perceptible color tint, a K diamond is often half the price of a G diamond.

Very Light Color

Diamonds in the N-R color range have an easily seen yellow or brown tint, but are much less expensive than higher grades.

Diamore Diamonds Dallas - Wholesale Diamonds and Custom Diamond Rings does not carry diamonds in this color range due to a lack of demand. If you desire a diamond in this range, request a price quote using the custom diamond search.

Light Color

For almost all customers, S-Z diamonds have too much color for a white diamond.

Diamore Diamonds Dallas - Wholesale Diamonds and Custom Diamond Rings does not carry diamonds in this color range. If you desire a diamond in this range, request a price quote using the custom diamond search.

Diamond Clarity

Because they are formed deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure; virtually all diamonds contain "birthmarks"; small imperfections inside the diamond (called inclusions), or on its surface (called blemishes). Clarity refers to the degree to which these imperfections are present. Diamonds which contain numerous or significant inclusions or blemishes have less brilliance because the flaws interfere with the path of light through the diamond.

The position of an inclusion affects how easily it can be seen. Diamond cutters make every effort to cut a stone so that inclusions are not visible through the table of the finished diamond. The preferred position for inclusions is under the bezel facets or near the girdle because they are harder to see there.

Almost all diamonds are graded for clarity using the 11 point diamond clarity scale created by the GIA, including diamonds which were not actually graded by GIA (every Diamore Diamond is GIA certified or EGL USA). In grading diamond clarity, the GIA considers the number, size, color, reflectivity, and position of every flaw visible under 10x magnification.

Below is the GIA diamond clarity chart with definitions, accompanied by further explanatory comments from Diamore Diamonds Dallas - Wholesale Diamonds and Custom Diamond Rings:


GIA DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE

IF

Internally Flawless:No inclusions, only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.

FL and IF diamonds appear identical unless viewed under 10x magnification by a skilled grader. Less than 3% of jewelry quality diamonds are rated IF.

VVS1
VVS2

Very, Very Slightly Included:Inclusions are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification.

VVS1 inclusions are typically only visible from the pavilion, while VVS2 inclusions are visible from the crown. In each, the inclusions are invisible to the eye, appearing identical to the higher grades unless viewed under 10x magnification by a skilled grader.

VS1
VS2

Very Slightly Included:Inclusions are clearly visible under 10x magnification but can be characterized as minor.

Inclusions are not visible to the naked eye. Perhaps 1 in 100 untrained observers can detect VS2 inclusions with the naked eye, on close inspection under ideal conditions.

SI1
SI2

Slightly Included:Inclusions are noticeable to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.

SI1 is the lowest grade with flaws often invisible to the naked eye. SI2 inclusions are usually visible to the naked eye, although they will require close inspection.

I1
I2
I3

Included:Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification and may affect transparency and brilliance.

I1 diamonds have inclusions that are almost always visible to the naked eye.

Because I2-I3 diamonds have prounounced inclusions, and in the case of I3 may even affect the diamond's durability, they are not offered by Diamore Diamonds Dallas - Wholesale Diamonds and Custom Diamond Rings.

Questions about clarity or other aspects of a diamond? Ask a diamond wholesaler for answers. A consultant will answer any questions you have, and if you like, search for diamonds on your behalf that match your criteria. A consultant can personally review a diamond, and give you a report on it's clarity or other details. Call us now at 972-503-8882.


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