Natural Color Diamonds

Natural Color Diamonds

It's All About Color

Natural color diamonds are unique as they exist in almost every imaginable color, size and price range. Colored diamonds will vary from the faintest shade of pastel pink, blue or yellow to the most deep or vivid shade of brown, green or orange. The value of natural color diamonds is based on the rarity, strength and variation of color within each diamond. Below is a chart that illustrates the web of complex relationships that exists in the world of colored diamonds.


The Primary Colors of Diamonds

Colors Column 1 Yellow Colors Column 2 Green Colors Column 3 Black
Pink Orange White
Brown Purple Red
Blue Olive Grey

Strength of Color

Natural color diamonds can vary in color saturation or strength from very faint to an intense vivid color. Just a slight shift in color strength can make a colored diamond affordable. The strength of color is one of the most important factors in determining the value of a natural colored diamond. The value increases with the intensity of the most prominent color within the diamond.

In an attempt to bring some uniformity to the industry description of natural color diamonds, gem analysis laboratories have developed the fancy colored diamond color scale to classify the strength or intensity of a diamond's color. Generally speaking, such gradient scales and tools are a reflection of human attempt to categorize the color the eye sees and judge it within three parametric areas: Color Hue, Tone and Saturation.


Consumers Perception of Color

Below is a chart displaying current research on the perception of various natural colored diamond colors.

Diamond Color Perceptions


Color vs. Clarity
Color vs. Cost
Natural vs. Treated
Grading Natural Color Diamonds
Yellow Diamonds
Brown Diamonds
Pink Diamonds
Blue Diamonds
Other Diamond Colors