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H I Diamond Color

Just about every jewelry store that you go into, their diamonds have 1 main thing in common:

H-I color

A good portion of all the diamonds sold in the country have H-I diamond color.

Why? Because H-I is an average color, middle of the road, greatly abundant, and consistent color in nature.

Dead center

H-I color is dead center of the Near Colorless color chart (see picture). If you look at the diamond color grades designed by GIA, you’ll see Colorless is the top color range, and Near-Colorless is the next best color range.

Near-Colorless are the grades G, H, I and J. Near Colorless basically means there is a little off-color in the diamond (the best diamond color is Pure White, or no color). They have a little yellow hue that as you go further down the color chart gets stronger and more visibly yellow!

Yellow color

When you get into the L-M and beyond color ranges (they start at D and go through Z) you’ll definitely see a lot of yellow color in the diamond. And trust me when I say, P color is really pee color! Yellow color is NOT good! Brown isn’t particularly pleasant either. Yellow or brown colors in diamonds makes them look old, dirty, decayed and ugly!

White is the preferred diamond color to have. But most diamonds do not come in white. White diamonds are rare and command big price tags. The Near-Colorless range is better suited for the average consumer and an average price range.

That’s why H-I is so popular.

It’s common!
It’s not that everyone wants them, it’s just that most of the diamonds are in the Near-Colorless range. It’s so common in fact, that most people don’t even know that other diamond colors exist! Everywhere you go all you see are H-I colored diamonds, and if that’s all you see, that’s what you’ll get!

But I’m telling you, you shouldn’t settle for that. Just because most of the jewelers carry H-I color, doesn’t mean you are stuck with it. All it takes is for you to compare H-I color to either G color or even better; the Colorless range, which is D-E or F, and you’d be immediately impressed. The difference in color will open your eyes!

Keep looking

What I’m saying is, just because it’s the common color, and just because that’s what everyone is carrying, compare them! Find a jeweler that carries Colorless and see the difference yourself! Compare H-I to the better color grades. See for yourself what a better color and a better diamond does to beauty and sparkle! You won’t regret it!

You really will be surprised at how much color affects the beauty of a diamond. Color actually affects the beauty of a diamond MORE than clarity does (That’s because you’re dealing with tiny, microscopic inclusions). A color range of D, E, F, or G (All better color grades than H-I), will actually make your diamond look bigger, brighter, and sparkle more.

That extra brilliance is worth every penny!

Is H-I color a good color to buy?

Sure! It’s not bad. But then again, it’s not great. H-I diamonds do have a little tint or cast of yellow to them. Some people will notice it, others won’t. It may not be an issue for you. You’ll have to check them out to be sure. Every diamond is different. But I’d bet if you compared H-I to a diamond graded E or F in color, you’d change your mind in a heartbeat! It’s that stunning!

Colorless is awesome! Near-Colorless is okay!

If it were me, I’d go Colorless in a second. But if moving up to the highest color range is a strain on your wallet, then do the next best thing…

Buy G color

G color is at the top end of the Near-Colorless range, and it’ll make your diamond look bright and white! G is a great color and a great compromise. H-I is not bad

I would say it’s just so-so.

H-I is just like every other diamond out there on the market…

If that’s what you want!

Check out pure-white diamonds at James Allen!

Cheers! :)

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Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Jewelry Steam Cleaner
Complete Jewelry Cleaner Kit Diamond Dazzle Stick
Gold Silver Jewelry Polishing Cloths Jewelry Making Supplies Kit
Gold Acid Test Kit Watch Tool Repair Kit
Ring Adjusters EMT Emergency Ring Cutter
10x Jewelers Loupe Jewelers Microscope


  1. Bruce Sokol // August 13, 2018 at 2:59 am // Reply

    Very helpful. Thanks.

  2. I have bought one Diamond Necklace from Macy’s.
    Below are the major specification:
    2.5 caret. in 14K gold.
    L-M Diamond Color
    Clarity: I2
    It cost me approx. after all discounts $1900.00.

    I recently get to know L-M consider as bad quality diamond. We really like the design of the Necklace but we are really confused should we keep it or not. your suggestion will be highly appreciated.

    • Hi Anand. Color is subjective and it really depends on what you think. Do you like how the diamonds look? Do they sparkle? Many lower quality diamonds look fine. Many even look like more expensive stones. So it really relies upon your eyes and what you feel is beautiful. Most diamonds in necklaces, tennis bracelets and earrings are lower grade stones. Usually only engagement rings get the top-of-the-line diamonds. If you like it and you’re fine with the price, enjoy. :) -Richard

  3. Dear,
    I have bought a diamond ring with a company card it says si diamond 9 piece of them with 0.48 carat and H-I clarity. Can you please help me telling me that how much is the cost of it and is it advisable to buy a diamond ring from company with certification card which I have. Or not.

    • Hi Vicky. Can’t tell you about cost, but having paperwork (certificate card? I’m assuming IGI?) telling you what the quality is, is perfectly fine in this instance. Especially since there are 9 diamonds in all. The quality of those stones may vary a little (hence the H-I color), but that’s all you can do with a multiple diamond ring. It would get too costly to certify each and every stone with GIA (about $2-300 per stone). If the center diamond (if it has one) was bigger (like .75 or larger), then I would make sure that single stone was certified by itself. But otherwise, sounds fine. -Richard

  4. My mans ring is engraved 18 KT H-E
    Behind the H-E is what looks like a diamond shape or symbol. What is this value or meaning.

  5. margalie orleans // March 11, 2022 at 3:27 pm // Reply

    is an engagement ring 1 ct diamond H I I1 good quality diamond?

  6. Is a H I diamond a good quality

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