At first glance, every white diamond may seem equally white and colorless but every diamond actually contains unique degrees of color. A white diamond’s appearance ranges from colorless to showing bits of brown and yellow. The less colorful or “whiter” the diamond appears, the higher its worth.

Diamonds are graded based on their color, which is one of the Four C’s of diamond grading. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) gives each individual stone a diamond color rating based on a diamond color chart. The scale begins at the letter D (completely colorless) and ranks to Z (more yellow). All D-Z diamonds are considered to be white diamonds.

See our diamond color chart for better understanding:


Diamonds D-F are considered to be perfectly colorless, with D color diamonds superior in their quality, brilliance, and rarity. The differences in the D-F set cannot be detected by the untrained eye.

G-J diamonds are near colorless in their appearance. Without magnification, G-J ranking diamonds look virtually the same as the D-F grade. Beauty is not compromised in a G-J grade; their fire and brilliance lights up just as vivid. If you would like to maximize your budget on a diamond, we advise using G or H color diamonds to please both your eyes and your wallet.

Going down the scale, K-Z diamonds will start to present a noticeable yellow tint which grows darker towards Z. These diamonds tend to be less expensive and less desirable.

For the bride attracted to the standard, colorless diamond appeal for her engagement ring, a stone in the D-J is your best bet. Those open to slight color will appreciate the lower colors K-Z.

Abby Sparks Jewelry prides ourselves in providing concierge guidance when it comes to diamond grades and options. Book an appointment and craft a one-of-a-kind custom diamond engagement ring today.