Diamond Color Grades Explained
How do all the other diamond color grading systems compare with the GIA color grades?
Although the GIA color grading system and nomenclature are the best known and most often used by dealers around the world, other systems are still popular in other countries. We developed the charts below to help you understand how they compare.
See the GIA color scale for basic definitions of these terms.
Color Grading Scales
for diamonds 0.46 carats and above
(NOTE: comparisons are approximate due to limits of html)
|Colorless||D||0||Exceptional White +||River|
|F||2||Rare White +||Top|
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