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Tinted Color

Tinted Color Diamonds

Below an "M" in color, diamonds move from the "faint tint" category to the "tinted" category. Tinted colors are natural diamond body colors and can be extremely gorgeous when cut right. While most consumers don't consider the tinted color range when it comes to engagement rings, there is a growing number of consumers who, after learning about them, are making a conscious choice for them and it's not just because of their more attractive price points. Vintage diamond lovers are particularly attracted to these warmer colors. Most diamonds traded in the early 20th century and before were in fact of the L/M/N/O/P color range.

When diamonds graduate down to the yellow variety they take on what could be considered more of a creamy vanilla or antique lace look which goes along with the vintage theme of the older cut diamonds and is absolutely gorgeous when the diamond is cut to maximize its optics. The brownish varieties can take on a light rosy pink hue which is also beautiful as well.

This is how these colors look in the lab when being graded. See Figure A.

Figure A: Tinted Diamonds in a Color Grading Environment

Colorimeter Results of the Above Diamonds

Figures B, C, and D show the contrast between a D color and various tinted diamonds against a flat white background both face down and face up.

Figure B: An N Color Diamond Alongside a D
Figure C: An O Color Diamond Alongside a D
Figure D: A Fancy Brown Diamond Alongside a D

Color in Diamond: Comparing a W-X Color to a Fancy Light Brownish, Greenish Yellow
Warm and Fancy Colored Diamonds

Now to the last of our tutorials on color. Next we have two video's on Fancy Color diamonds.

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