▼ Color iframe
The color differences in diamonds are very subtle. Some diamonds lack any tint or body tone and are clear as icy spring water. These icy “white” diamonds are ideal for displaying the inner blaze that results from a diamond’s unique optical properties. Other diamonds with varying tinges of yellow (or brown) look as if a glass of water had drops of lemon squeezed in; this added color mutes the powerful Inner Blaze.
Devotion places a high importance on color. When we say high “color” we really mean “absence of color,” since the best color is no color at all. “Color,” while completely different than “fire,” does interact with fire. Fire comes from a diamond’s unique ability to bend light like a prism, producing brief inner flashes of reds, blues and greens.
How is color graded?
The highest grade in the GIA scale is “D” – all the way down to “Z.” GIA color grades are determined without any high-tech equipment. GIA gemologists compare each diamond to a set of master comparison diamonds in a predetermined standard lighting and viewing environment.
Rather than compare stones against a master set, Devotion grades the color of diamonds using dual high-tech machines called colorimeters. Colorimeters send a beam of light through the diamond and then measure the temperature of the light beam. This method offers better accuracy because it doesn’t depend on ambient conditions or the variations that a human interprets through sight.
D, E, F : The highest grades. These very rare diamonds are completely colorless to colorless. Devotion strongly recommends these color grades.
G, H : Near colorless. Still high grade colors that Devotion recommends.
I: Near colorless. Body-tone easily detectable to a novice when compared side-by-side with colorless diamonds. A respectable color grade especially if used in yellow gold.
J: Near colorless. Body-tone is obvious to a novice when looking for it. Near colorless is its official technical term but it is not near colorless in reality. Recommended only in some circumstances.
K-W : Faint to light color. The body-tone is so obvious that it detracts from the diamond’s beauty. Not recommended unless you require a particular size for your diamond yet have a limited budget.
X, Y, Z: If the body tone is yellow then it looks somewhere between lemonade and the sun. In certain cases, it can be set into jewelry so that it appears as if it’s “Fancy Yellow.” This is desirable because its price will be much lower than that of a Fancy Yellow.
Fancy: Some diamonds in this grade are an intense yellow like the sun. These are rarer and more expensive than the whitest diamonds.