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Diamond Colour Chart

05 August, 2022

Diamonds come in an enticing array of colours, making choosing the perfect precious stone that bit harder! There are yellow, blue, and even pink diamonds, all carrying their own bedazzling qualities, though white diamonds are some of the most popular when it comes to wedding and engagement rings. White stones have their own distinguished diamond colour shade, and we’re exploring the complexities of this grading process, sharing expertise on how to buy the perfect white diamond and what to look out for when doing so.

How are white diamond and grading colours graded?

The diamond colour scale has been divided into five distinctive sub-groups:

  • Colourless D, E, F
  • Near Colourless G, H, I, J
  • Faint K, L, M
  • Very Light N, O, P, Q, R
  • Light S, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

These grading colour groups are then expanded in line with the GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) industry standard, and these categories are applied to diamonds all over the world. white diamonds are graded from D to Z (there are 23 grades). Here is how they are graded in the GIA diamond colour scale:

These colour variations can be so slight that an untrained eye cannot detect the difference. Often, they will be checked by a trained expert, as even slight variations can have a big impact on the price of the diamond.

Things to consider when buying a white diamond

If your heart is set on a white diamond, there are a few things that you’ll want to think about in order to make sure you’re investing in a piece that you’ll treasure for years to come. Take a look at our pointers below:

  • Colourless diamonds

Diamonds that fall within the grades between D-F are the most colourless stones, and they’ll appear whiter when worn, plus they’re more valuable. White diamonds that have a lower colour grade can appear less appealing to the eye, and some stones may have a slight brown tint in certain lights. Diamonds that are closer to being colourless are more valuable than those graded as having tinges colour, so if you want to dazzle your recipient with a ring that’ll garner adoration from afar, choose as close to colourless as possible.

  • The setting of your diamond

As your precious stone will be set against metal, you’ll want to factor this into its overall appearance, and certain diamond colours are impacted in particular ways based on their setting. For example, if you opt for white gold or platinum setting, consider a diamond in the D-G range which will suit the best.

Our experts will be able to advise you on your diamond and setting choices, helping you to make sure that your stone is displayed perfectly, showcasing its stunning brilliance without any interruption.

Alternatively, browse our breath-taking range online, and book a virtual consultation to discover more about the diamonds you’re interested in. If you choose to purchase from our online store, we offer free and secure shipping all over Australia, plus you’ll also get a lifetime warranty and cleaning service when you order from us. For more details or feedback, please call us at 1300 221 557 or email us at

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