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What is
Diamond Color?

This grade refers to the 'whiteness' of a diamond, or its lack of color.

The less color within the diamond, the more rare and valuable it is likely to be. While D to F color grades are considered Colorless, an untrained eye could not easily spot color within G to I grades. If you are concerned about visible color, consider a yellow gold setting. This metal will neutralize warmer tones. Opting for a diamond with more color could allow you to invest more in a larger carat weight or quality cut grade.

See which diamond color grades are the most popular.
Colorless D
No color. Appears completely clear under 10x magnification. Recommended paired with platinum, white gold or palladium. These metals emphasize the lack of color. See all Colorless D diamonds
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Ritani does not offer diamonds below an L color grade


While traditionally the analysis of diamond color has consistently been focused on the absence of color – i.e. how colorless a diamond is – it was not until the 1950s when the GIA formally established its diamond color grades. The scale for colorless diamonds, ranging from D to Z color grades, has remained largely the same over the last five decades. Historically, the color of diamonds was described through metaphors such as 'water' (colorless), and 'crystal; (near-colorless).


62% of Ritani customers prefer diamonds with color grades from F to I. While F is the lowest grade in the colorless category – colorless even under magnification and therefore the most rare - grades G, H, and I are considered near-colorless. The subtle color in these diamonds is very hard to identify without magnification, making them great choices for engagement rings and other diamond jewelry.

Most people buy near-colorless diamonds.


The cool shine of white precious metals such as palladium, platinum and white gold provides a stunning setting to showcase the brilliance of colorless and near-colorless diamonds.

For diamonds with more visible color and yellow secondary tones, we recommend yellow gold and rose gold bands. The warm tones of these engagement ring metals help to neutralize color within the diamond.


While colorless diamonds are typically more valuable, we recommend considering your personal tastes first and foremost. If you want a yellow gold engagement ring, prioritize the other 4Cs – cut, clarity and carat weight – above color. It may also be that you simply prefer diamonds with a little color. Because these lower-graded diamonds are more affordable, you can allocate more of your budget towards a larger carat weight or Ideal cut grade, for a diamond that truly sparkles.

Written by Paul Meiterman, Gemologist at Ritani

Paul Meiterman G.G., A.J.P., C.G. (Graduate Gemologist, Accredited Jewelry Professional, Certified Gemologist American Gem Society) is the Chief Gemologist at Ritani. With over 15 years of experience, he worked in the GIA laboratory as Quality Assurance Gemologist and now works in our factory alongside the top cutters, balancing out size, clarity and proportions for maximum beauty and value, making sure to bring out the best in every diamond.

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