Learn About Diamond Whiteness in 5 Minutes

Master set of diamond colour grade samples D - M

Learn about diamond whiteness in just 5 minutes flat.

What is diamond colour?

Today’s article is a very brief guide to diamond whiteness. Learn a little about diamond whiteness in just five minutes or less.

Diamonds are graded on a whiteness scale running from D to Z. The very best colour grade is ‘D’  colour. Furthermore, a D colour diamond represents an absence of colour within the body of the diamond.

‘D’ colour is the whitest colour grade a diamond can achieve. Whiteness is graded in a laboratory. To explain, diamonds are placed on their table facet and inspected from the side of the diamond. A master set of diamond colours give a visual comparison for colour. As a result, accuracy and consistency are maintained.

Diamond whiteness is one of the characteristics recorded on the laboratory report, or certificate when a diamond arrives back from certification.

Does whiteness make a diamond sparkle more?

The whiteness of a diamond does not affect sparkle or brilliance. Diamond whiteness. Although whiter diamonds are considered more desirable, the sparkle is affected by details including the cut, polish and proportions of the diamond.

F colour pear shaped diamond

What is the best colour grade to choose for an engagement ring?

Despite its desirability, it is not always necessary to choose a D colour diamond. You can choose a white diamond, without paying a premium for the whitest colour grade. Consider a whiteness between F and G colour for a pleasing whiteness at a more reasonable cost.

Are tinted yellow diamonds cheaper?

Tinted diamonds are typically cheaper than white diamonds. Two diamonds of a similar cut, clarity and carat weight may vary enormously on price for this reason. If you are prepared to accept a tinted diamond, it is possible to reduce your overall diamond cost significantly. Feel free to talk to us about diamond whiteness grades that fall outside our website specifications. We carry many alternative diamond colours at different prices.

How to find out the colour of your diamond

The quickest way to find out the colour of your diamond is to look at your valuation or diamond report. Most diamond certificates list a colour grade on the report. If you do not have a valuation or certificate, many experienced jewellers will provide an estimate of diamond colour. Diamond set into yellow gold can be difficult to colour grade. For this reason, diamonds are typically graded for colour before they are set into a piece of jewellery.

 

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.