G color diamonds present the best diamond deal in terms of getting a white looking diamond in a reasonable price range. It means that if you care for high color grading when shopping for a diamond and either limited in a budget or also prioritize: size, cut or clarity as well, G color diamonds can be the right one for you.
What is Diamond color?
Color grading measures the color (lack of color) in diamonds and divide them into two groups of colors:
- White diamonds
- Fancy color diamonds.
The white color group grading is ranging from D – Z color grades. While D is the highest grade the represents the whitest (lack of any color) color. Z color on the other side of the scale represents a mild existence of color in the diamond, mostly yellow or brown. Fancy color diamonds have more color than Z and have a whole different set of grading range.
What Does G color diamond stand for?
G color grading is the 4th in the order of the white diamonds grading range. It is the first diamond in the “near-colorless” diamond group.(link to a color article on diamondgeek) The G color by GIA grading is considered white, with a very slight tint of color usually yellow or brown. To most non-trained viewers there will be no real difference between D and G color.
G color by the different gemological labs
There are several gemological labs that grade diamonds. GIA is the leading gemological laboratory; AGS, EGL, and IGI are also very known labs. The GIA and AGS are mostly known for their high accuracy, whereas the others are more “upgrading/forgiving” in comparison in regards to their grading.
It means that in order to get a true white G color diamond, choosing GIA or AGS labs is more preferable than the other labs.
* AGS does not grade color in the same manner and its parallel grading to G color is 1.5.
What makes G color diamonds so desirable?
G color diamonds provide a very high value for money in terms of color. G color looks white with a very slight tint of that is barley. On the other hand, their price is lower than D, E, and F colors.
**Two similar diamonds in terms of weight, clarity, cut, shape with D and G colors will have price difference anywhere between 20%-50% depends on the weight, clarity, cut and market demands.
How to buy the best G color diamond?
No matter if you are planning to buy a diamond in a brick and mortar store or online, the best way to buy a G color diamond is to buy it with a trusted gemological certification (GIA or AGS).
You should buy the diamond in a respectable operation that can be trusted and is recommended. When shopping online you can check vendors at websites like BBB, IVouch, BizRate and the different forums and blogs.