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Diamond Color vs. Diamond Clarity

diamond ring inside the threadTwo of the most important factors in diamond purchasing are diamond color and diamond clarity. First, they determine significantly how beautiful the diamond looks and secondly, they are next to carat the two most important indicators of the price of the diamond. Normally, one has a limited budget available for the purchase of a diamond, for example, for an engagement ring or a watch. This means that one is forced to ask oneself whether the diamond color or the diamond clarity is more important to one.

Diamond color

Even though there are diamonds that have a distinct color, most diamonds, and the ones you look for when you are looking for an engagement ring are the colorless diamonds. The more colorless a diamond is, the more expensive it is, as it then reflects the surroundings best and shines the most. The color of a diamond is indicated on a scale from D to Z, where D stands for a colorless diamond and Z for a yellowish diamond. Since the differences in color between diamonds are very small, they can only be indicated by experts. This works under perfect light conditions on a white background. The expert will look at the diamond with a magnifying glass and hold sample stones of other shades of color next to it to categorize it afterward. The color categories were once determined by the gemological institute of America – the GIA – and have since been valid internationally. If the diamond is purchased from a reputable dealer, he will always include the GIA certificate, which is considered a mark of quality.

Diamond clarity

The clarity of a diamond indicates how many small imperfections and inclusions the diamond has. However, the search for the perfect diamond will be impossible to succeed, so small imperfections are part of the purchase of a diamond. These imperfections of the diamond are caused by the fact that diamonds are formed underground under extreme pressure and heat in rock layers – imperfections are therefore quite normal. The size of these irregularities determines the degree of clarity of a diamond, which you can also confirm on other websites, for instance click here.

Diamonds without such impurities are extremely rare. Although there are also categories of lower quality, only diamonds of the following categories should be purchased. Flawless diamonds have the highest category and are therefore extremely expensive. They have no flaws whatsoever. The next best category is VVS1 or VVS2 diamonds, which have very, very small inclusions that can only be seen under 20x magnification. Next come VS1 and VS2 diamonds with small inclusions, which still require 10x magnification. Diamonds with small inclusions, some of which are already visible to the naked eye, are classified as SI1 and SI2. Diamonds of the cheaper categories such as I1 or I2 are usually no longer suitable for engagement rings or watches and are therefore less in demand. The purchase of diamonds in these categories should be avoided.

Why Should You Buy a Diamond Engagement Ring?

What’s more important? The diamond color or the clarity?

person holding a diamond ringIn my opinion, the question has already been asked incorrectly, as there is no absolute answer to it. It depends much more on what the diamond is meant for. In the following I would like to show with a few examples of how different relevant the color and the diamond purity can be.


Diamonds on engagement rings

Very often diamonds are mounted on engagement rings. Here it must be distinguished whether it is a solitaire ring or a ring with several diamonds. If it is about a solitaire ring, you should take care to take a diamond with a high-quality color, for example, E, F or G. Especially if the material of the ring is bright, such as silver or platinum, then the diamond reflects the material strongly. So, if the diamond should come from the category L, K or M, then the yellowish glow of the diamond would be very noticeable in contrast to the light material of the ring. If you take a golden ring, the color of the diamond does not play too big a role anymore, because the diamond will take on the yellow gold of the ring anyway. If you decide against a solitaire ring, so you should make sure that the diamond which is mounted in the middle is the one with the highest color quality, so that this is the first to catch the eye of the viewer.


When is the clarity of the diamond more important?

The differences between an FL diamond and a VS1 diamond are not visible to the human eye. However, the prices for diamonds, especially the VVS and FL categories, are increasing exponentially, as they are very rare. The clarity of a diamond becomes relevant if a diamond of too low a quality is chosen, where imperfections can be seen without magnification. This can happen with an SI1 diamond, according to the GIA, in 50% of cases imperfection is visible to the naked eye with SI1 and SI2 diamonds. So it is up to the buyer’s conscience to examine each SI1 and SI2 diamond carefully and see if small inclusions are visible. Apart from that, I don’t attach much importance to the purity of a diamond, if it is used for an engagement ring or a watch, for example, as long as the diamond has a purity of at least SI1 or SI2. This means that the purchase of a VS1 or VS2 diamond can be made without hesitation, VVS1 and VVS 2 diamonds are already considered to be absolute top class.



In summary, more emphasis should be placed on the color of a diamond. Diamonds of the color G-L can be well used for golden rings, the color D-G is suitable for light materials. The purity of the diamond should play a role especially when SI1 or SI2 diamonds are on the shortlist, as they should then be examined closely for visible impurities. If a VS, VVS or FL diamond is purchased, they will all look flawless on an engagement ring or watch.