Diamonds Defined: Understanding Color
When it comes to the 4Cs of diamonds - cut, color, clarity, and carat - the second most important of the “Cs” is color. But what is actually being referenced is the absence of color. Diamonds come in a variety of hues, but truly colorless white diamonds are rare; most will have a slight hint of yellow. The closer to colorless a white diamond is, the rarer and more valuable it becomes.
The importance of diamond color
Color impacts a diamond’s overall appearance. Even the untrained eye is capable of discerning the color variations between clear and pale yellow. Consequently, color is a major indication of a diamond’s value.
Diamond color grade
This “C” is graded on the absence of color. Starting from D, meaning colorless, the scale follows the alphabet downward. Colorless to near colorless diamonds appear clear on the scale, and sit in a range of D through J. Anything beyond J is where slight amounts of pale color begin to show through.
Choosing your diamond color
To identify the right diamond color for you, consider the overall design. Aside from value, factors like shape, size and setting can give you a better sense of the best diamond grade that suits your priorities.
Color & carat
Color & shape
Color & setting
VRAI’s true colors
VRAI offers colorless, near colorless and faintly colored diamonds sustainably created in our zero-emissions foundry. At this level, color differences are difficult to detect unless compared side-by-side. Our VRAI created diamonds are primarily colorless or near colorless ranging from D-J on the color scale. For diamonds with eye-visible color grades, the extent of the visibility of the faint hue can be viewed through our 360 videos for each unique diamond, based on their shape and cut, or requested from our diamond specialists during virtual appointments.