We performed various video comparisons of different diamond colors below!
Did you know that colorless diamonds (D, E, F) are rare in nature and they only make up less than 1% of the world’s supply of diamonds? In fact, D color diamonds are highly sought after because they are perceived as the “perfect” color for an engagement ring.
Due to their popularity, I often get asked questions like: “Is it worth it to buy a D diamond?”, “What is a D colored diamond?” and “What are the differences between a D and a G color diamond?”.
In this article, we will take an indepth look at D color diamonds and provide you with answers to the questions above.
Also, I had performed detailed comparisons of a D colored diamond ring against other color grades under everyday environments. Make sure you check out the full-length videos to find out whether you can see any visual differences between them in real life.
The GIA color grading scale from D – Z.
When diamonds are color graded in the laboratory, they are flipped over and assessed based on the absence of color in the face down view. They are then assigned a corresponding grade from an alphabetical scale of D-Z.
The D grade represents a diamond with completely no color and an icy white appearance. On the other end of the spectrum, a Z grade represents a diamond with a visible yellow tint.
Now, I do want to point out that the color distinctions between individual grades are actually very subtle (e.g. D vs E) and are almost invisible to the naked eye. Yet, these nuances in color can result in large differences in the price and value of a diamond.
For people who want to know how a D diamond ring looks like when worn on a finger, watch the video below. FYI, I’m modelling my own hand and being Asian, my skin tone has a yellowish hue which gives the icy white appearance some contrast.
To be honest, I like the icy white and transparent nature of the D color. It is a feature that is nice to have if money were no object.
Depending on your own vision acuity, you will probably have a hard time deciphering color without another ring beside it as a reference.
If you had been shopping around for an engagement ring, you will quickly realize the majority of vendors only sell diamonds between D to K colors. The main reason is that colors beyond K have visible hues and there is little consumer demand for them.
To see how the diamonds look like in real life, watch the following video comparison using diamonds across the spectrum of colorless, near colorless and faint yellow grades.
I’ve also performed side-by-side comparisons of the D diamond ring against other common colors in the GIA grading scale as well. Check them out below!
Being the rarest color in the range of colorless diamonds, you can expect D colored diamonds to be a lot more expensive. Here, I want to highlight that the price premium increases exponentially with carat weight.
For example, a 5 carat D internally flawless diamond can cost up to 300% more than a 5 carat H internally flawless diamond. But, a 1 carat D internally flawless diamond may cost up to 100% more than a 1 carat H internally flawless diamond.
To give you an idea of how much a D color diamond would cost, I’m going to show you a table based on various specifications a typical consumer would shop for.
Price comparison chart of diamonds with various carat size, color and clarity ratings.
As you can see, there are substantial price differences between D color diamonds and lower color grades. And this amount translates into large sums of money when we are talking about bigger sized stones.
Also, feel free to perform your own price comparisons between the various grades. Click here to visit James Allen and start browsing for yourself.
Well, it depends on who you ask and your individual preferences.
Obviously, if you are someone who has a very keen sense of color acuity and are able to detect the small nuances in color better than most people, you probably want to get the best color grade for your diamond engagement ring.
Also, if you are someone who expects the best of the best and psychologically think that nothing less than a D would satisfy your enjoyment of the diamond, buying the best possible D color would make sense.
On the other hand, there are those that would argue that an E or a G color diamond can look just as good without the higher price tag. I happen to be one of these people who shop with a practical mindset.
If you haven’t yet, make sure you watch the video comparison of the various colors and see if you can detect differences for yourself. If you cannot see a big difference between a colorless and near colorless diamond, then I would argue there’s no point in paying a price premium for a D.
Hopefully, this article has given you some food for thought. Now, I would love to hear from you. Can you see color nuances between the different grades? Would you pay the premium for a D diamond color or would you be happy with a lower color grade?
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