In the recent years, the beauty and value of a diamond no longer just identified for its perfect cut or size. Nowadays, the color of a diamond also contributes to its beauty. Since there have been several reports that a diamond can change its color depending on the light that reflects it, diamond color may differ depending on the natural environment where it was mined or how it was cultured. One of the interesting facts about a diamond is that it often comes out not as colorless as we see it in jewelries but rather much darker or even has a slight discoloration on different sides which were then removed through the process of cutting and polishing. One specific diamond, the Chameleon diamond, has the ability to change its color from green or brown seconds after it is removed from a dark room and then sets back to its original color. The Chameleon diamond is also considered as one of the rarest diamonds to exist today but there are also other colored diamonds that are also as rare as the Chameleon that also displays different color variations.
In different situations, such colored diamonds are also tested for its hardness, measurements, cuts, and florescence to know its exact value. Although most of the diamonds that are sold in the market today are cultured, many color variations are also available. Diamond clarity for cultured diamonds is also tested to determine their real value and how much they should be sold in the market.
Purchasing a diamond ring is a daunting task for couples. The gem after all can vary not only in size but also quality. Although some diamonds are cut in the same way as other pieces, they show different degrees of sparkle. This is because of clarity. Gems typically have some imperfections but the fewer flaws a diamond has, the better its aesthetic appeal. Take for instance the case of a 1 carat diamond with an SI2 clarity grade. The piece is sold at 4,570usd, a lower price compared to a similar diamond with the same shape and cut but with WS1 grade. The latter has a justifiable retail price at about 9,700usd. diamond clarity is usually grouped into five categories: FL-IF, VVS1-VVS2, VS1-VS2, SI1-SI2, and I1-I3. Inclusions or blemishes inside the gem are seen with the aid of a high-powered microscope. Experienced jewelers view the stone from different angles to inspect the presence of flaws. Buyers might want to avoid I1-I3 diamonds because its imperfections are seen even with the naked eye.
Color is another factor that dictates the price of diamonds. A large number of these stones have some colors like brown, yellow, and black. However, the rarest and therefore more expensive varieties are those that are colorless or white. When diamonds are graded for their color, they are held face down on a white background. To judge Diamond Color, jewelers follow a scale for reference. This color chart uses an alphabetical rating with the colorless gems getting a D-F rating. The higher one goes up the alphabet, the greater the hue intensity. When choosing a color, buyers must consider the type of metal where the stone will be mounted. White gold or platinum settings go best with D-G rank while lower color grades will appear fine with a yellow gold setting.