As you search for the perfect stone, you may be overwhelmed by the number of options, but you don’t need to stress. Our goal at Consider the Wldflwrs is to equip you with the knowledge and facts you need in order to choose the stone that matches exactly what you’re looking for, making it a relaxing and memorable experience that isn’t burdened by looming questions or uncertainty. We love helping our customers broaden their diamond knowledge, so today we want to focus on the ins and outs of diamond color, so that you can make an informed choice perfect for your individual style.
The world of diamond color is actually much more extensive than what might meet the eye. The differences in color between individual diamonds may be very difficult to spot, but even the slightest change in color can significantly impact a diamond’s quality. The best way to communicate a diamond’s color quality is through the GIA color scale. This scale provides a simpler way to differentiate between the nuances of a stone’s color. The GIA color scale begins at the letter “D” and ends at the letter “Z”, going from brown, or “chocolate”, to yellow, or “champagne”. As the color drops on the scale and gets lower in the alphabet, it starts to get warmer with a much more yellow tone to it. Here at Consider, the “GHI” colors on the scale are our “sweet spot”, because we believe this color range gives a clean, white diamond look. Read more and learn all about the rest of the 4 C's - color, cut, clarity and carat - here.
If you like a more alternative aesthetic, there’s a scale for you too! As a stone passes the letter “Z” on the GIA color scale, it is now considered a Fancy Colored diamond and moves to a whole new scale that highlights stones that are more colorful, rare and vibrant. These can include a wide variety of colors ranging from green to pink to blue. One of the most famous jewels in the world, the Hope diamond, is considered a Fancy Colored diamond. You can also see examples of Fancy Colored Diamonds on some well known celebrities. Singers Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood both wear canary yellow diamonds, and actress Blake Lively’s engagement ring is a gorgeous blush shade of pink.
If you love the look of salt-and-pepper diamonds, you might be surprised to learn that this look has more to do with clarity than color. When a stone is peppered with “inclusions”, or “compounds”, the light is not able to escape and you can look into the stone and see tiny flecks, giving it its “salt and pepper” look. No two salt-and-pepper diamonds are alike. Each one contains a unique combination of inclusions, making some look much darker than others. These inclusions do not make these diamonds any less valuable. They do, however, make them more affordable. If you are interested in seeing more, we sell salt-and-pepper diamonds, as well as many other beautiful and one-of-a-kind gemstone rings, in our Alternative Bridal collection here at Consider the Wldflwrs. We would be happy to show you a closer look next time you stop in to shop! We also have a full article dedicated to Salt and Pepper Diamonds here.
We know you love the little things in life, so as you shop for that perfect stone, keep these facts in mind. They will allow you to truly cherish the unique personality of the special stone you choose that makes you “you”!