For most people, buying a diamond is a new experience, but that doesn't mean it should be overwhelming. Understanding a diamond's quality characteristics is straightforward and simple. Our diamond education is designed to answer all your questions. It explains a diamond's characteristics, how those characteristics influence appearance, and which are more important than others. In just a few minutes you'll know everything you need to know to find your perfect diamond.
In addition to the five C’s, laboratories test for treatments, which enhance the colour and clarity of the diamond. Treatments such as fracture filling, laser drilling and high temperature high pressure, significantly reduce the value of the diamond and should be disclosed.
Between the two categories of diamonds Fancy Color or White, the color of a diamond affects its price, no matter into which category the diamond falls. What is important to know is that the grading for each group is entirely different.
Fancy Color Diamonds
Fancy Color Diamonds or FCDs are rare in general; in fact, higher the intensity grade rarer is the FCD. According to the Gemological Institute of America or GIA a scale of nine grades is used to grade FCDs.
1. Faint -> 2.Very Light -> 3.Light -> 4.Fancy Light -> 5.Fancy -> 6.Fancy Dark -> 7.Fancy Intense -> 8.Fancy Deep -> 9.Fancy Vivid
Higher grades of FCDs are rare and therefore carry a greater monetary value.
The lowest grade on the scale is “Faint” which is the borderline that separates FCDs from White diamonds (Z color). According to the GIA, there are three main elements for grading FCDs:
1. Hue •Tone •Saturation
Understanding the differences between hue, tone, and saturation is challenging.