What Is Diamond Color?

Hey y'all, ever wondered why some diamonds appear colorless while others have a slight yellow or brown hue? Ever heard of a "D" color diamond and wondered what it means? Well, you're in the right place! Today, we're gonna give you the lowdown on diamond color and why it matters.

Understanding Diamonds

Before we jump into diamond color, let's take a quick refresher course on these sparkly beauties. Diamonds, as you might know, are formed deep within Earth’s mantle under intense heat and pressure over billions of years. Talk about being rare, right! When we refer to a diamond's quality, we refer to the 4Cs – Cut, Clarity, Carat, and Color. Each of these plays a vital role in the diamond's appearance and value.

Deep Dive into Diamond Color

Now, what do we mean by diamond color? Simply put, it refers to the presence of any color in a diamond when viewed under controlled lighting conditions. It can range from completely colorless to a light yellow, brown, and even gray hues. The color of a diamond can affect both its appearance and its value, after all it’s all about rarity. 

The Diamond Color Grading Scale

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which is like the Harvard of Gemology, developed the diamond color grading scale that is used across the world in the jewelry industry. The grades range from D (colorless) to Z ( yellow or brown). Just to clear things up, a "D" color diamond isn't blue like the sky or green like the sea, it's as clear as a drop of water, well filtered water! As proud members of the American Gem Society, we at Worthmore Jewelers are committed to always giving the straight scoop.

The Impact of Diamond Color on Price

Like anything else in life, quality comes with a price. Diamonds with less color (closer to D on the scale) generally cost more than those with more color (closer to Z), because they are much more rare. . But don't worry, you don't have to rob a bank to get a beautiful diamond. There's a sweet spot where you can balance color and cost.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Diamond Color

Choosing a diamond color is all about personal preference. If you're after a classic, icy look, go for a colorless diamond. But if you prefer a warm glow, a slight hint of color might be just your thing. Other things to consider are the diamond size, shape, and the color of the setting. And remember, you're not just buying color, you're buying a whole package - cut, clarity, carat, and color.

Myths and Misconceptions About Diamond Color

One common myth we hear a lot is that all diamonds are colorless. That's just not true, folks! Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow, including the coveted "fancy color" diamonds. These are not your everyday diamonds, they're in a league of their own, exhibiting intense colors like blue, green, and pink. These stones are some of the most rare on the planet. 


Choosing a diamond is a personal journey, and understanding a diamond's color is a big part of that journey. It plays a key role in the diamond's overall beauty and value. Whether you're drawn to the icy allure of a colorless diamond or the warm glow of a faintly colored gem, there's no wrong choice, as long as it makes you happy.

Remember, at Worthmore Jewelers, we believe in breaking the mold of tradition. We've been named the "Coolest Store in America" not once, but twice, and it's because we love helping our customers discover unique jewelry designs. So why not stop by and let us help you navigate the wonderful world of diamonds?

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