Color refers to the “whiteness” or absence of color in a diamond. The composition of a diamond determines its color, which does not change over time. As with cut, a colorless diamond allows light to travel through it, emitting more sparkle and brilliance. The whiter the diamond, the higher its value.
Jewelers use the GIA color scale when rating diamonds. The scale begins with “D” being colorless and goes to “Z” measuring noticeable color---traces of light yellow to brown. Diamonds graded from D-F are often the most sought after and valuable stones. If your budget does not allow for a diamond within that range, you can also find good diamonds in lower grades. While these diamonds may not be colorless, they show no color to the untrained eye.
When selecting the diamond cut, also consider the setting. If you prefer a platinum or white gold setting, choose a high color grade diamond to match the whiteness of the metal. If you decide on a yellow gold setting, slightly low grade diamonds from “J-M” can also look great. When the right setting is selected, the lower color can be camouflaged.