The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the most respected and most common diamond report and sets the industry standard for colour and clarity grading.
The finest quality diamond is a colourless diamond which is graded as "D" which means it is absolutely free from any color.
The next is very slight traces of color which can be observed by any expert diamond valuer or grading laboratory. These are graded as E color or F color diamonds. Diamonds which show very little traces of color are graded as G or H color diamonds.
Slightly coloured diamonds are graded as I or J or K colour and so on.
Diamonds can be found in other colours, some coloured diamonds such as naturally occurring pink and blue diamonds can be very rare and very expensive or even priceless.
There are also coloured diamonds that are enhanced or 'coloured', resulting in generally much deeper, more primary colour compared to the pastel colours found in a naturally occurring coloured diamond.
The most common and most popular enhanced coloured diamond is a black diamond.
At Victoria James, we aim to provide you with the highest quality diamond possible, but we appreciate that budget may also enter into the equation, so we can, if you wish, guide you to achieve the perfect balance.