Does the color of the diamond impact the price because of rarity and other factors? Let us try and find answers for the same over the next few lines.
If only diamonds could be manufactured in a factory line, they would have had uniform color. However, nature is not so exacting and that is the reason why diamonds have different colors, shapes, hues and also weight (carats). We all know that diamonds form when carbon is subjected to intense pressure and heat. It happens deep in the crust of the earth and these diamonds during their formative years get mixed with other elements.
These are often referred to as trace elements can lead to the diamonds have different colors. Further the damage to the atomic structure of the diamonds could also lead to the colors changing over thousands of years. The less the body color a diamond has, the rarer it is and more expensive it is likely to be.
Have A Closer Look
When we talk about colorless diamonds and try to compare it with say chocolate diamonds, you will find some big differences. The colorless ones often look bright white. However, we need to understand that al diamonds come in three basic hues, grey, brown and yellow. The difference in hues within these three colors could be quite enormous and you could be confused when you have a look at quite a few of them. They might look almost similar and only when you examine them closely under light and at different angles, will you be able to find out that they are different from one another. Hence, it is only obvious that the diamonds are graded based on the four major Cs, color, carat, cut and clarity.
The grading starts form D and goes up to Z and each grading has a different connotation as far as any or all the above Cs is concerned. There also are some diamonds which also have grading of Z+ and above. To have some idea about the difference, you would do better to visit a jewelry store and have a look at a colorless diamond alongside two diamonds having varying degree of yellow. You will certainly have some unanswered questions about purity not only in the diamonds but also in the relationships which you would like to have with the man or woman in your life.
What Grade Is Best For You
As far as grading is concerned, the whole world more or less follows the GIA standards of Gemological Institute of America. In this system trained graders who are gemologists assign a color grade letter. This is done based on the how the particular color of diamond compares to the set of master stones which they have. The grading system of GIA starts with D which is for the colorless diamonds and moves up to Z for very yellowish, grayish or brownish diamonds. The higher the density of the color, the inferior the quality of diamond supposed to be.
Apart from the above standard grading systems, you also have something known as fancy color diamonds. There are many types of fancy colored diamonds and the most common example is the Hope Diamond. This is basically a blue stone which is now on display at the famous Smithsonian Institution. It has a checkered history which saw the diamond travelling across many countries and regions of the world.
These fancy colored diamonds are often available in two basic colors, yellow and brown but they also often come with shades of green and red. You could also see them being available in shades of blue, purples, pink, orange and of course gray. You could also come across black-diamonds as part of the fancy diamonds.
They Are Graded Differently
These fancy diamonds are graded differently when compared to colorless and other conventional types of colored diamonds. They take into account the tone, saturation, hue and other such things into consideration. It is fact that natural fancy diamonds are very rare but these can be easily created in the laboratories with the help of irradiation and also subjecting them to pressure and heat. It is obvious that artificially induced color diamonds are less expensive when compared to the naturally occurring ones.