By reuvenveksler
November 25, 2022
6 min read

G color diamonds: how good are they to buy?

G color diamonds: how good are they to buy?

When selecting a diamond, there are several key elements to consider that determine the stone’s quality and, consequently, price.

The color is among the most significant features. Every white diamond is unique. Sometimes this can be observed by gemologists alone, and other times it is readily apparent to the unaided eye.

How can one avoid becoming perplexed? How can I get a decent diamond at a reasonable price? This article will cover the GIA Color Scale, go into great detail on G color diamonds, and outline the benefits and drawbacks of each.

The GIA Color Scale

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It’s important to understand the GIA color Scale before talking about any diamond hue.

GIA created this Color Scale in the early 1950s. Experts created this grade to assist gem lovers in identifying a diamond’s precise color, quality, and transparency. At the time, a stone’s shade may be described using a wide range of arbitrary names, such as white, blue white, AAAA, and others. The GIA Color Scale brought all color categories together, defined each shade, and simplified and increased transparency in pricing.

The five categories that make up the 23 color grades (ranging from D to Z) on the GIA color chart are: colorless (D-F), near colorless (G-J), faint (K-M), very light (N-R), and light (S-Z).

The scale starts with the letter D, which stands for “absolutely colorless,”. It goes on to the letter Z, which stands for “light yellow” or “brown,” with progressively more color. Consequently, each letter defines the amount of color in a stone.

What are G color diamonds?

The GIA Color Scale states, diamonds of a G color fall under the Near Colorless category. This range is below the Colorless range, which is the greatest and most valued. Even if the G color stone appears colorless to the unaided eye, a laboratory examination may reveal minor indications of yellow.

The color grade G is the first in the Near Colorless range. It is preceded by the colorless grade F and is followed by the grades H, I, and J.

Experts value the colorless kind, which has a higher color spectrum, the most. Less valuable is the lower color range, the Faint one, which has a considerably more noticeable yellowish hue.

Do G color diamonds display yellow?

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The Near Colorless range is where the G color grade lies. In this range, it is the highest grade.

This means that if a competent gemologist examines and grades a stone with a G color, it may exhibit a very slight yellow tint.

A gemologist studies the diamond in a well-lit laboratory environment while using specialized instruments and equipment. They employ jewelers’ loupes. They enable them to inspect a diamond at 10x and 30x magnification, to get a clear look of any color abnormalities.

A G color diamond and a D color diamond may appear slightly different when seen in high light and with magnification. However, it is considerably more difficult to distinguish the color difference in a typical setting without bright light and sophisticated tools.

Therefore, to the unaided eye, a G color diamond in a correct cut can appear exactly like a D color diamond, which is colorless.

How much does a G color diamond cost?

Purchasing diamonds with grades D, E, F, and G is more affordable. Selecting a G color stone can save you anywhere from 10% to 25%. This is a fantastic deal given that you won’t even be able to tell the difference between it and, say, a F color diamond.

But, you should consider the diamond’s cut when purchasing a G color diamond, as it can either enhance or detract from its aesthetic appeal.

When is a G color diamond a good choice?

Firstly, going down to the G color grade could save you some money if you’re searching for a nearly ideal diamond, or one that is colorless (D, E, or F). Furthermore, you might not even notice the difference visually.

Second, the G color diamond will be a fantastic option if you are in love with the Halo ring setting. Since a G color center stone won’t appear unduly yellow or dark in that setting, the majority of these sets really use diamonds in the F to G range.

When is a G color diamond NOT a good choice?

While buying a G color diamond is an excellent choice in some cases, there are situations when it makes more sense to go down to a lesser color grade, at least in terms of value for money.

Firstly, G color diamonds are typically not the ideal purchase if you’re looking for the best value in terms of cost, quality, and looks. It is true that there isn’t much of a difference in appearance. However, they are more expensive than H color diamonds. Although H range is less expensive than D, E, and F color diamonds.

There is almost any noticeable difference in look. You will spend a lot more for a G color diamond than you would for a H color diamond of the same cut, clarity, and carat weight.

Second, the G color stone won’t be the greatest choice for you if you decide on a round brilliant cut for your diamond. The true color of the stone is well concealed by the round brilliant cut. You are paying for a feature that you cannot see if you select a grade higher than H.

Thirdly, if a rose gold or yellow setting is more your style. The intense gold hue of these metals makes any diamond set in them appear darker than it is. For those metals, it is therefore virtually always preferable to select a diamond with a lower color grade.


G color diamonds are visually identical to diamonds in the highest category—colorless—with no apparent distinctions. G color diamonds can be purchased for anywhere between 10% and 25% less than diamonds with higher color grades.

For a halo setting with smaller diamonds in the G to H color range, G color diamonds can be a nice option.

But if you choose a H color diamond, for example, you will obtain the same look at a reduced cost for any shape, but mainly the round brilliant cut diamond.

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