The colour of a diamond is slightly yellow The diamonds grade is based on the absence of colour: the lesser the colour of a diamond, the higher the colour grade. Next to the cut, the colour is also one of the most important marks at making a choice in diamonds. The eye first catches the brilliance and then the colour.
DJ-FA only suggests the best diamonds with a colour grade D-J en slightly yellow K-M.
Diamonds with colour grade J or higher are colourless or almost colourless: with a colour, the naked eye can’t detect.
The differences between D, E and F can only be determined by a gemologist, comparing them. They can rarely be detected with the naked eye. D-F diamonds can best be put in white gold or platinum. Yellow gold reflects colour, so it doesn’t accentuate the high colourless grade of the diamond.
This diamonds show slight traces of colour and are very suitable to be put in white gold or platinum. There are more I-J diamonds than higher graded diamonds but that’s why they are very valuable: an I-J diamond can be sold for half of the price of a D diamond. In the G-J series, the price can go up from 10 till 20% per grade.
From the K diamonds, the colour (mostly yellow tinted) is easier to determine with the naked eye. They are particularly attractive if fitted in yellow gold, which gives them a warm glow, much appreciated by many people. Because of its distinctly colour, the K diamond reguarly gets sold at half of the price of a G diamond.
Diamonds with an N-R colour grade have a distinct visible yellow or brown tint. DJ-FA doesn’t suggest this series.
For best prices for diamonds being considered as colourless with the naked eye, you best choose the G-J diamonds.
Because colour gets easilier detected in larger diamonds, G-H series are best for diamonds over 1 carat, and I-J series for diamonds under 1 carat. Once they are fitted in a ring, this diamonds will look like colourless, high graded diamonds. Instead of investing in a higher colour grade, you can choose a better cut. This cut stays the most important factor for a diamonds brilliance.
If the carat is most important, and your budget is , you can best consider a round diamant with colour grade K-M, fitted in a golden ring. This diamond with a lower colour grade but a better cut will sparkle more and the visual effect will be bigger than a diamond with a higher colour grade and lower cut.