A, B, C…
Easy as 1, 2, 3…
But not so easy when it comes to diamond color.
Diamond color (the GIA diamond color grading scale) is D-Z…
Which begs the question:
Where is A, B, C?
The truth is, there is no A, B, or C diamond color.
And the reason is simple:
To avoid confusion!
Back in the day when diamond grading systems were lax and undefined, diamond sellers would call color any number of things: from Top-White, to Blue-White, Commercial Grade, A, AA, AAA (like CZ’s are graded today), to Rapnet Specs: A, B, and C…
But really, A, B, and C stands for: All Bull Crap!
The color scale starts at D. Period!
This was determined in the early 1900’s by GIA, and it’s the definitive guideline that everyone across America uses to grade color in diamonds. Whether it be from a set of master diamond color grading stones, to a colorimeter… The system is D-Z, just like the color grading scale here:
Anything beyond Z is a “fancy color“, like; blues, greens, yellows, pinks, reds, browns, orange, black… Those are fancy, rare, and expensive.
But not as rare as an A, B, or C, for those are non-existent.
So if anyone says a diamond color grade is an A, B, C… See yourself out the door!
Because that’s misleading and unscrupulous.
D-Z… Still as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Hope that clears things up.