Sitting atop the “near colorless” range (GHIJ) in the diamond color grading scale is the G Color Diamond. It represents an extremely popular choice for diamond shoppers today because it is very white without the price premium associated with colorless diamonds (DEF).
Some compromise is almost always made amongst the diamond 4C’s. Ultimately, it is a personal decision of every shopper as to which compromises are the right ones. Exceedingly few consumers buy D Flawless
Ideal Cut diamonds, and the ones that do almost always have some limits in terms of carat weight and total budget. Of course the biggest and best diamonds always somehow find a buyer, but we are talking real world here!
In the real world shoppers are looking for beauty and value. In diamonds, rarity is an important component of price. Small differences in color and clarity grades at the top of the scale can result in significant differences in price. Yet, many of these differences have little or no effect on the diamond’s visual appearance. Even under clinical conditions comparing two loose diamonds side by side in daylight equivalent lighting, the differences in body color between grades is so nuanced that most people cannot make distinctions. Therefore, G color diamonds are those that are essentially colorless in practice, yet do not come with the price tag associated with diamonds in the DEF range. And that can mean substantial savings without sacrificing beauty, which is precisely why so many smart shoppers find a G Color diamond to be of outstanding value.
Any meaningful discussion of diamond color assumes that it has been graded at a respected gemological laboratory such as the AGSL or GIA. Accuracy and consistency in diamond color grading
is achieved only by ethical grading in highly controlled conditions using carefully vetted master stones. It is also important to understand that diamond beauty and the perception of color in a diamond can be impacted significantly by the diamond’s cut quality. Ideal cut diamonds
with good clarity display optimal light performance resulting in the maximum quantity and quality of light returning to the eye. This of course means maximum fire, brilliance and diamond sparkle
. In addition, the return of ambient light coming from all areas of the crown of the diamond tends to make the diamond look whiter. G color diamonds with ideal cutting effectively look like a colorless diamonds when viewed in the face up position.
Customers looking for G Colored diamonds have a good chance of getting great value for their diamond buying dollar. That is, provided they choose a diamond with good clarity and most importantly, top quality cutting.