beauty of a diamond lies in its
ability to break light apart and
make it dance like fire. A key factor
in a diamond's capacity to brilliantly
sparkle is its lack of color.
are categorized according to color
based on the following grades:
diamonds are of the highest grade,
are extremely rare and virtually
to the untrained eye, these gems
contain only minuscule hints of
color and are still considered colorless. G-H:
to the slight traces of color that
can be noticed when compared to
diamonds of a higher grade, these diamonds
are considerably more affordable. J-L:
may be detected in larger diamonds,
smaller ones may still appear colorless to the untrained eye.
Diamonds of this grade have a significantly reduced cost. L-Q:
a noticeable yellowish tint, even
to the untrained eye, these diamonds are less valuable than those without
diamonds have a distinctive yellow
appearance which filters the light considerably.
is growing for fancy colored diamonds.
Sea of Diamonds carries these, too.
Diamonds having intense color are
graded on a separate scale.
fluorescence of a diamond is the
color and strength of a diamond
when viewed in long-wave ultraviolet
light. It is important to note that
all diamonds do not fluoresce. A
simple example of fluorescence is
going to a nightclub that has black
lights. A fluorescent diamond will
glow, generally in blue, yellow
or orange. The intensity of glow
color reflects the strength of fluorescence.
The effect of a diamond's fluorescence
on its overall beauty is highly
dependent on the color grade of
the diamond. A diamond with a small
amount of color may actually shine
brighter if it has a strong or very
strong grade of fluorescence. However,
a virtually colorless diamond may
appear oily or murky if the grade
of fluorescence is not faint, inert,
negligible, or medium.
have several great options when
it comes to choosing the color grade
of your diamond. If you wish to
have a diamond that is extremely
rare, choose a colorless diamond
in the D - F range and a fluorescence
grade of faint, or inert. A cost
effective way to get a beautiful
diamond is to select a one that
has a good or very good cut, a color
grade of G - I, and inert to medium
fluorescence. One important note:
diamonds with a lower color grade
will also appear more yellow when
placed in platinum or white gold
settings while gold settings may
be able to lessen the appearance
of color traces.
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