col·or | ˈkə-lər
A term used to measure the saturation of a diamond
Color is the primary determiner of a quality diamond. Laboratories follow specific protocols to describe the overall color of any given diamond. Nevertheless, to this day, labeling a color remains subjective and many arguments are surfaced with the assessment of specific hues. The diamond grading system for natural colored diamonds is based on the 4 Cs, which is quite similar to the widely known colorless diamond grading system. Assessing a natural color diamond’s hue is no easy feat - the process is far more complex as color diamonds range in immeasurable colors and schemes. Furthermore, contradictory to the colorless grading system, the assessment of colored diamonds is a recent discipline, and therefore, it is continuously progressing. Currently, there are not any immediate concerns with the methods used to assess natural color diamonds. Lastly, the 3 primary laboratories that assess color diamonds are: IGI, GIA, and HRD.