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How to Choose the Right Diamond Colour: A Guide for Diamond Buyers

How to Choose the Right Diamond Colour: A Guide for Diamond Buyers

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When it comes to choosing a diamond, one of the most important factors to consider is its colour.

On the normal diamond colour scale (D to Z), which ranges from colourless to light yellow, colourless diamonds (D) are rarer and, therefore, more valuable in general. 

In this post, we'll explore the factors to consider when choosing the right diamond colour for you.

Colour Grading Scale:  The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has developed a colour grading scale for diamonds that ranges from D (no visible colour) to Z (light yellow, brown or grey). When choosing a diamond colour, it is important to consider the GIA colour grading scale and understand the differences between each grade.

Budget:  Diamond colour grades can have a significant impact on the price of a diamond. Diamonds with higher colour grades, such as D, E, and F, are more expensive than diamonds with lower colour grades, such as K, L, and M. All else equal, the greatest difference in value is from D to E. It's important to consider your budget when choosing a diamond colour.

Setting:  The setting of a diamond can also impact its perceived colour. For example, if you choose a diamond with a light yellow tint, a yellow gold setting will make it less obvious than a white gold or platinum setting. Consider the setting of your diamond when choosing a colour.

Light Performance: The way a diamond performs in light is also an important factor to consider. The best way to assess a diamond's light performance is to view it under different lighting conditions, e.g., natural daylight, incandescent light, and fluorescent light. Also, the make of the diamond can influence the face-up colour of a diamond, so it is always best to purchase an Excellent cut graded round diamond. Fluorescence also plays a part in a diamond's face-up colour and diamonds in the K – M colour range benefit from having medium to strong fluorescence as it improves the face-up colour. 

Personal Preferences:  Ultimately, perhaps the most important factor in choosing a diamond colour is your personal preference. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Choosing a diamond colour that you love and that meets your needs and preferences is important.

Choosing the right diamond colour is an important decision that requires consideration of several factors, including the GIA colour grading scale, your budget, the setting colour, light performance, and personal preferences. By understanding these factors, you can choose the diamond colour that best meets your needs and preferences.

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