The Differences between Colored Diamonds

Different colored diamonds are valued differently. Generally, the clearer the diamond the more expensive it is. Diamonds can be colored using the aid of certain technologies. Diamonds can be colored ranging from very pale and colorless to even brown while there are also some beautifully vibrant colored gems. To improve the value of a diamond, the manufacturers can use some methods to change its color. Sometimes the coatings that are put on a diamond to change its color are done in a sneaky way to fool a customer and are not usually permanent. Eventually the coating will disappear to reveal brown marks or yellow tints. Spots of ink can be painted onto the diamond and hidden under the mounted setting which make the diamond appear a lot paler than it actually is.

Naturally vibrantly colored diamonds are extremely expensive and not marketed towards the average person however using a treatment of irradiation can result in a more reasonably priced colored diamond. They may need to be cared for in set ways as the color may change in certain conditions. These colored diamonds make it easy for anyone to own a colorful and attractively unique gem although if a so called natural high colored diamond is selling for a cheap price, it may be too good to be true. High Pressure High Temperature Treatment is now often used to raise the price of brown diamonds by transforming them into beautiful clear diamonds. The reasoning behind many company's use of this method is that the diamonds were meant to be clear but something prevented it from happening so they are just completing nature's work.

Evaluating Colored Diamonds

The quality of a diamond is based on its color, clarity, cut and carat weight. A diamond's color plays a major part in its value and popularity. White or colorless diamonds are the basis in which all other diamonds are compared. White diamonds are historically more popular than colored diamonds but naturally vibrantly colored diamonds are growing more popular in recent years. Most diamonds have yellowish tints and it is the quality of color that judges their price.

Colored diamonds are graded and the amount of color is identified using a lettering system. For example, D is used to describe completely colorless diamonds. D, E and F describes colorless diamonds, G, H, I and J are nearly colorless while K, L and M are slightly tinted with a yellow color. N, O, P, Q, R are lightly tinted with a yellow color while S - Z describes diamonds which are colored yellow or brown.