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Fancy colors

Diamonds outside the normal color range are called fancy-colored diamonds. Fancy-colored diamonds exhibit more color than a Z stone. Colors may include red, purple, green, pink, yellow, blue, orange, and brown.

image of 4 colored diamonds, pink, green, brown, and yellow

Diamonds come in a wide range of subtle color variations, even though many diamonds appear to be colorless to the naked eye. The typical color range of commercial diamonds is from colorless (white) to varying tints of yellow and brown becoming more prevalent moving down the color scale.

Making the Grade

Although the color grades affect the value of a diamond, color is a personal preference and we think you should select your diamond based on what brings you the most joy, and not make the selection solely based on cost.

The American Gem Society (AGS) uses numerical values for color 1 through 10, 1 representing the least amount of color and 10 the most color. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) color scale is another widely used color grading system. Their color grades range from D to Z (D has the least color; Z has the most).

chart of the color range of diamonds

Size and Color

As diamonds become larger, their color can become more noticeable. Small diamonds, commonly known as “melee” (in sizes less than .05cts) are harder to color grade and are often represented as a color range. Even under bright unnatural lighting, like in a jewelry store, it can be difficult to discern small variations in a diamond’s color. That is, unless you compare two stones with a color variation side-by-side.

The Black by Brian Gavin Approach to Color

All Black by Brian Gavin diamonds are colorless to the naked eye, falling within the graded color range of (AGS 0 – 1.5). While color should be considered when purchasing a diamond, overall light performance is a more noticeable and significant feature. A round, optimally cut diamond returns more light to the eye and shows less color than a stone of a lesser cut.

With Black by Brian Gavin, you get the best of both worlds: a diamond in the colorless range, plus the finest diamond craftsmanship in the world for a truly exquisite work of art.

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