Color grading chart for Colorless
Colorless, and near colorless diamonds are
graded face down to determine the shade- as shown above. Below are the same
diamonds, face up.
For this reason not every D looks the same
"face-up". The different shapes do give diamonds a different look, but there
are no hard fast rules as to which shape shows the most color. In our
experience, each diamond needs to be judged on it's own. We've seen Emerald
cut L colored diamonds that looked white, and G colored Round Brilliant
Diamonds that seemed to show some tint. In general, a well cut diamond can
look great in any shade.
The diamonds below were all graded by GIA.
Photos are un-retouched, and in our opinion give a good idea of a diamond's
"face up" color.