November 25, 2022
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I color diamonds: are they good, bad or too yellow

I color diamonds: are they good, bad or too yellow

People from all over the world are drawn to the fascinating, seductive, and legend-filled world of diamonds. People have long had an obsession with the world’s rare specimens.

However, what do the various qualities of diamonds tell us? What impact do they have on the demand for, and price of, stones?

This article will examine the color of diamonds, which is a significant attribute, and provide a detailed analysis of the I color grade.

The GIA Color Scale

K color diamonds

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

GIA created this Color Scale in the early 1950s. The chart was created 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,” and goes on to the letter Z, which stands for “light yellow” or “brown,” with progressively more color. Consequently, the amount of color in a stone is defined by each letter.

What are I color diamonds?

Diamonds fall within the Near Colorless region on the GIA Color Scale I. The Colorless range, which stands for the finest and most expensive stones, is followed by this one. In short, this means that the I color stone appears colorless to the naked eye. However, it might have some yellow undertones that can be seen in a laboratory.

G, H, and J come before and after the I color grade, which is the third grade in the Near Colorless spectrum. The next Faint range, for example, has a significantly more noticeable yellowish hue than lower color grades.

Is it worth buying I color diamonds? 

We do not advise to purchase solely colorless grade diamonds, despite what many people think.

Surely, everyone wants to get the finest diamonds available. However, it makes sense to look into the Near Colorless diamond category if you have a tight budget and want to keep within acceptable limits. With the appropriate cut and arrangement, they won’t appear any less stunning and won’t be distinguishable from the Colorless grade to the unaided eye.

Nevertheless, purchasing the I color diamond might not be a wise decision in a certain situations.

When is an I color diamond a good choice?

When purchasing a diamond with an I color, it’s important to consider which shapes best conceal color. For instance, princess and round dazzling shapes. I color diamonds and more costly diamonds with a higher color grade don’t really stand out from one another because of how well the round brilliant cut hides color. Regarding the princess cut, the same holds true. When selecting diamonds in the Asscher and emerald cutters, the I color grade can also be a good decision.

Additionally, it’s critical to consider the hue of the metal you’re selecting for your next piece of jewelry. Feel free to select an I color diamond if you like yellow and rose gold. Such gold tones impart a little bit of their own color to nearby diamonds. Even if a colorless D, E, or F grade diamond is set in a yellow or rose gold ring, the diamond will still appear somewhat yellow.

In conclusion, consider the diamond’s shape before selecting one. Examine the stone closely in various lighting conditions and contrast it with stones of different color grades. In this manner, you’ll be able to determine whether or not a particular diamond fits your requirements. Don’t forget to select the appropriate metal!

When is an I color diamond NOT a good choice?

The I color stone seems colorless in some cuts, but its color is more visible in others. For instance, the round brilliant cut hides color better than the pear form. As a result, the pear-shaped I color stone’s yellow tinge is more visible.

Metals without a warm tone, such platinum, silver, and white gold, are more likely to draw attention to the diamond’s uneven color and shade.

How much does an I color diamond cost?

I color 1
I color

It is no surprise that the 4Cs, or most significant qualities of a diamond, have a significant impact on the price of diamonds. One of these Cs is the color as well.

The price of the stone is significantly impacted by the fact that the I color does not fall into the most sought-after group of colorless stones. Generally speaking, colorless diamonds are far more expensive than almost colorless diamonds. There may be a 40% price difference. You can save a substantial sum of money by selecting an I color diamond rather than a D color one.

Additionally, I color diamonds cost less than G or H color diamonds.


I-color diamonds offer an intriguing blend of reasonably good color and reasonable cost. You can thus acquire a good color diamond at a fair price by buying one of these.

But as with all things related to diamonds, there are complexities and potential hazards in this situation as well.

Prior to everything else, you should choose why you are buying a diamond. In the event that you are considering a long-term investment, an I-colored diamond is not a wise choice. It is best to focus on colorless stones if you hope to profit from your diamond purchase in the future. 

Additionally, consider the form of the diamonds if you have selected I color diamonds. As previously noted, stones of this grade appear significantly superior in certain shapes.The type and color of the metal should be taken into account while designing a future piece of jewelry since they can have an impact on how it looks.

In any case, I believe that diamonds should not be discounted. Depending on your needs, objectives, and preferences, they might be a fantastic choice.

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