What Does A Diamond Color Mean?

Sparkling diamond on a golden background

Whenever people buy diamonds, they pay great deal of importance to its diamond color and clarity chart. This is indeed the right way to go about things; diamonds are defined by their 4 C’s which are cut, clarity, color and Carat. In this guide, we will study what the different diamond color grades symbolizes.

Judging a diamond’s beauty

Each colored diamond has its own beauty and value and you cannot judge two different stones by the same standards. Buyers must therefore learn to grade a diamond by comparing it with other diamonds of the same species or variety.To do so, one must understand the term color range for the diamond. The color range of a stone is the selection of colors in which that diamond occurs. Each diamond can have either a broad or a narrow color range. Within each stones’ range, you will have some colors that are more desirable than others. A diamond that features what traders consider its most desirable color/s is called fine color.

diamond color and clarity grade chart

Diamond color grades

Diamonds in colorless to light yellow or brown range are graded from D to Z. In other gemstones, colors are preferred but when it comes to diamonds, the rarer varieties are colorless. Clear white or transparent diamonds are usually graded G-H and are the most expensive.

Apart from color, the clarity of a diamond must also be considered when comparing their price. Clarity represents internal characteristics and blemishes in the diamond as seen under 10X magnification. Grades of a diamond are also described in the range of Flawless to Included, with Flawless being rarer than other varieties. VS or very slightly included diamonds are also considered attractive and they indicate that the flaws are very small and only seen under 10 times magnification.

What do diamond colors mean

Yellow diamonds-Yellow is the color closest to daylight. It is a symbol of humility and signifies renunciation and desirelessness. It is also the color of earth and rootedness. Yellow diamonds are popular and nearly 60% of all colored diamonds belong to the fancy yellow category. The diamond’s yellow color is a result of its nitrogen molecules absorbing the blue light. Light yellow diamonds are found abundantly in South Africa’s Cape Province. Yellow rough diamonds are also found in Russia and Australia.

Red and pink diamonds– Red and fancy pink diamonds are considered to be rarest of rare and also highly priced. Note that red diamonds can also be produced in the lab using a combination of high pressure, high temperature treatment, irradiation and annealing. Red diamonds symbolize passion and powerful rituals and deeds. Naturally occurring corals are also red in color and they symbolize eternal foundation. Coral is found in the sea but its roots are in the earth. Therefore, red diamonds teach us form, and flexibility in form. Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Australia is known to produce majority of the world’s brown, champagne and cognac colored red diamonds. The famous Golconda pink diamonds, on the other hand, are obtained from Brazil and India.

Green diamonds– Green diamonds or chameleon diamonds are considered as rarest of rare diamonds. They vary from olive green to yellowish green color range. The historically famous Dresden Green diamond has a deep green color caused by radiation and many of the green stones change to brown at higher temperatures. Green symbolizes youthful vigor and activity. It is also the color of nature, abundance and prosperity.

Blue diamond meanings– Blue diamonds are also popular and rare, second in rarity to pink diamonds. The type IIb blue diamond contains Boron which produces its bluish gray color. Hydrogen rich diamonds also depict a rich blue color. Commercially produced ice blue diamonds are treated using electron beam radiation and are extremely popular. Blue color diamonds symbolize Eternity, truth, devotion, peace, chastity and spirituality. Blue stones in the ring assure safe journey and according to Buddhist beliefs, blue in the earrings prevents reincarnation as a donkey.

Black and white diamonds– Black diamonds are black in color but they should not be mistaken for coal. Naturally occurring black diamonds are rare- so designers produce them by irradiating green stones. Naturally occurring black stones have poor luster. Likewise, white diamonds are not transparent but have a snowy or milky color. Black is the color of hate, anger and mourning. White on the other hand, signifies holiness, cleanliness, and ‘the one who leads out from darkness of bondage’.

Brown– brown diamonds are sold commercially under different names like “cognac, champagne or coffee”. In contrast to pink diamonds, brown colored diamonds are of high yield. Brown and black diamonds are affordable colors to buy. The Golden Jubilee and The Golden Maharajah are some of the famous brown diamonds. You can read more about them here. Brown stones symbolize clarity, convention, order, stability and give the wearer a ‘wholesome natural feeling’.