Here’s something that you won’t often hear me say: NO diamond color does not matter.
(Quickly followed up by a post about How diamond color matters a lot. lol)
So why do I say it doesn’t matter?
People can’t distinguish color with their eyes. It’s like skin tones on people. There are very subtle differences that makes it hard for the eyes to register.
The difference in “pure white” versus “off white” is very difficult to judge. Have you ever gone to a paint store and seen all the different hues of white?
There’s thousands… And they all look white.
Some experts will find it hard to tell the true color of a diamond too because there are many factors that make grading color tough. Like…
A diamond that has a low clarity (like I1, I2, or I3), may have large clouds, spots and inclusions in the stone that can change and affect how a diamond visually looks and faces up. Plus, many flaws can stop light, darken the stone, and make the color stand out.
The size of the stone makes a huge difference too. The bigger the carat weight, the stronger the color becomes. Hence, you can see more color in bigger stones. So a one carat diamond with J color may look much different than a J color in a 1/4 carat.
And then we have cut:
If the diamond is cut well (like excellent proportions), then that extra brilliance and sparkle that emits from the stone will cover up and mask the real color of the stone.
It makes it less obvious.
And… the mounting:
The mounting also affects the color as well. A yellow gold mounting will hide a diamond with a yellow hue. You won’t really notice the color anymore. It blends in. Where if you put that same diamond into a white gold mounting, it may be easier to spot.
So unless you truly put two stones side by side to evaluate color, you’ll probably never know the difference. People usually don’t notice color unless it’s pointed out to them. And even then they really can’t tell… (although they will nod their heads like they do).
One may be able to tell if the color of the diamond is low, as in J-K-L-M color. Then it may look yellow.
But if you’re in the higher end of the near colorless range (G-H-I)… or higher, then color shouldn’t ever be an issue.
So every diamond of any color, will look different depending on all the other 4C’s. You really need to see them to make an accurate opinion.
The most popular diamond color range on the market is the near colorless range (for looks and price). In fact, almost all diamonds found on the market today have some sort of color to them (it’s very rare to find white-white diamonds). That’s just how nature works. It’s almost never perfect.
So is color really that big of a deal?
Unless you really want a pure white stone…
And then yes, of course. :)
See the diamond color chart below…