As we all know there are numerous precious gems available for us to purchase but for most people in the world none can compare to diamonds. Gems such as rubies, emeralds and so on are all known for their respective colors, but with diamonds the situation is entirely different as they can come in different colour shades depending on the percentages of various components found in then. The vast majority of diamonds will seem completely colourless to any untrained individual but there are also highly valuable diamonds which feature a tint that would otherwise only be associated with other gems. Before purchasing any diamonds you first must get acquainted with all the various features that give individual diamonds their value.
Diamond colour is measured using a scale from D to Z which helps measure the end value of diamonds. Basically, a diamond color D is considered to be completely colourless and the scale goes all the way down to Z. In terms of price, diamonds are worth more as they are closer to D on the measuring scale, not including the so called fancy diamonds which are intensely coloured and are much valuable than even the most colourless diamond D. The reasoning behind this system is that in order for diamonds to be more precious they must reflect all the shades of light and any color will obviously obstruct this. The most sought after stones are marked as flawless as they do not hold any flaws or inclusions.
To the naked eye, these flaws that end up playing a major part in the final price are not really visible and can only be observed through a microscope. In order to get a better idea as to how diamond colour actually influences the price you will have to pay, consider this example. The price difference between a stone with diamond colour H and one diamond colour D, both 1 carat in weight and a VS1 clarity is approximately $4000 per carat. Another very important factor which gives these stones their value is the type and quality of the cut. This process is also carried out by experts of the trade and is responsible for the final brilliance and light dispersion of the stone.
Most experts can simply look at a stone and inherently know which would be the best type of cut both from a clarity and a size standpoint. Like for all other features, the process through which diamond colour is established for each individual item requires training and experience and this is why it is extremely important that you purchase your diamonds from established and well respected dealers and jewellers. The internet has made it easy for any person to purchase diamonds from very distant countries and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone but it also means that you have to be extra careful when purchasing your diamonds.