Diamonds come in nearly all colors of the rainbow, with certain "fancy colored" stones commanding very high prices. Our discussion will focus on white diamonds, as such stones are the most popular choice for engagement rings.
The color grade of a diamond is a measure of the absence (or presence) of color in it. The diamond color scale begins at the letter "D," with stones that are absolutely colorless (and very rare). As the scale moves down the alphabet, the "whiteness" (or "colorlessness") of the diamond decreases. E and F are colorless; only the most minute traces of color can be detected by a gemologist, when examined loose and face down, under magnification. Expect to pay a steep premium for D, E and F stones.
The issue of color takes on a different hue when speaking of antique diamonds. Jewelry wearers of yesteryear did not necessarily share the modern preference for white diamonds; in fact, many favored diamonds that reflected a multitude of colors (yellow, pink, etc.). You'll find many white antique diamonds; however, don't be surprised to see some Old Mine and Old European Cuts with a champagne tint. Keep in mind that these were considered every bit as beautiful in their day. Many vintage jewelry afficianados seek out these stones for their warmer, romantic, antique look!
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