Diamond colour and clarity guide

Diamond color and clarity guide

The color and clarity of a diamond are two key factors to consider when choosing your perfect engagement ring.

Diamond clarity is the term used to measure naturally occurring ‘inclusions’ or tiny blemishes are seen within a diamond at ten times magnification. This is measured on a diamond clarity scale which ranges from ‘Flawless’ to ‘Included’.

The natural color of a diamond is one of the standard 4Cs of diamond quality.

White diamonds are available in colors ranging from D – Z, with D diamonds having no hue and displaying the greatest brilliance. This is measured using the Gemological Institute of America, or the GIA color scale. Within this range, our diamonds are only available between D and I colors.

When you’re looking for diamonds to purchase, the diamond color is one aspect of the buying process that you shouldn’t overlook. Diamonds can vary hugely in price based on their color, meaning that picking the right color for your specific needs could help you save a lot of money without affecting the appearance of your diamond.

Fancy-colored diamonds manifest in a range of tones including green, blue, yellow, orange, pink, and red. Red diamonds are the rarest, with only around 20 to 30 true red diamonds known to be in existence.

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is a renowned and well-respected diamond grading entity that issues reports for diamonds. It’s advisable to seek a GIA certificate for every diamond you view due to the varying degrees of color that you may come across.

All solitaires purchased from Vees Star are accompanied by a GIA certificate.