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The Colour Grading Scale

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Colourless: "D-F" range are considered colorless and carry a premium. However, they are icy white and look great.

Near Colourless: "G-J" range will face-up reasonably white. Some consider them better value because diamonds get substantially cheaper if you go down on colour.

Faintly Tinted: "K-M" face up with a slight tint. They are visibly yellow to most people.

Tinted: Anything worse than "N" are largely tinted and should be avoided unless you are considering a fancy coloured diamond.

In general, people cannot tell the difference in diamond colour with the naked eye unless they are at least 2 colour grades apart... but there are always exceptional people around.



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