A diamond’s color grade affects its price, but it isn’t the only characteristic to consider when purchasing a diamond, especially if you’re considering a personal carbon diamond from Heart In Diamond. However, learning the grading standards can be helpful for getting a basic understanding about your diamond. For instance, many people do not know that white diamonds and fancy color diamonds are graded on different color grading standards. This page will explain the differences in these grading scales.

White Diamonds

White Diamond Grading

Diamonds are not all truly colorless, but it’s the colorless diamonds, sometimes called white diamonds, upon which all other shades are judged.

The Gemological Institute of America has devised a set of guidelines to grade diamond color. Graded diamonds are compared to the color of control stones, which are preselected gems of a specific color.

Diamonds are graded before they are set into jewelry; otherwise, the metal can affect the color of the diamond. A lettering system from D to Z is used to identify the amount of color present in each diamond. A diamond that is graded with a D is considered a rare and completely colorless diamond.

Fancy Color Diamond Grading

Fancy color diamonds are graded in two ways. The first factor considered is the stone’s basic hue, such as yellow, blue, red, etc. The second is the diamond’s intensity. Both color characteristics form the basis for determining a fancy colored diamond’s worth.

Usually, the more intense the color, the rarer and more expensive the diamond will be. GIA uses nine categories to grade color diamonds.

  • Faint
  • Very Light
  • Light
  • Fancy Light
  • Fancy
  • Fancy Dark
  • Fancy Intense
  • Fancy Deep
  • Fancy Vivid

Our fancy color diamonds are available in five elegant colors that provide enduring radiance, luster, fire, and brilliance. Red infuses deep pomegranate with a chameleon effect that changes depending on the surrounding light conditions. Orange-yellow blends deep yellow with tones of amber to produce a rich color. Yellow-Green combines yellow with a touch of fresh, sparkling light green. Blue dazzles the eye as it reflects the colors of the deep ocean and sunny sky. White is the most traditional of colors and a stunning choice.

For more information on the available sizes and cut for each color, and to shop online, please use our diamond selector to create your diamond or contact us


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