Diamond Color: Key Facts

We can all agree: diamonds are beautiful. But why do perfectly translucent diamonds tend to be the most popular.  And why do we sometimes see celebrities and royalty walking around wearing yellow or red diamonds?  What’s the best color diamond to buy?  Here’s everything you need to know about diamond color.

Translucent diamonds are rarer than colored ones.

Diamonds come in a variety of colors, such as red, blue, pink, or even green.  It’s easy for just a tiny impurity to leave these hues behind.  When these diamonds are exposed to elements such as boron, or to radiation, they can obtain a color.  This is one of the main reasons why translucent diamonds sell better: they’re significantly rarer.

Clarity causes color.

Clarity refers to the number of imperfections, called inclusions, that interfere with how diamonds reflect light.  A diamond with less clarity will be more affected by radiation and different elements, so it will turn color.  In short: Colored diamonds generally have worse clarity than translucent ones.  This means that the diamond will not reflect the light as beautifully as a translucent one would.

Colors are ranked.

Diamonds are graded on an alphabetical scale that begins at D and ends at Z.  A “D” diamond has no color at all, no matter how closely it is inspected.  A “Z” diamond is fully colored and even somewhat opaque!

Color affects how much it will sell for—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it.

If you’re buying a diamond as an investment, planning to sell it later, you should probably go for a translucent one.  You will make significantly more money this way.  However, if a beautiful colored diamond is what your heart desires, go for it.  Wear that colored diamond around with pride!

How do you know if your diamond has color in it?

Your diamond might look completely translucent to you, but there’s only so much that can be seen to the untrained, naked eye.  Take your diamond to an appraiser, and they will let you know how much color is really in your diamond.

If you’re looking to sell or find out more about your diamond, come to the Gold ATM!  Call us at 770-843-4653.