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H Color Diamonds

Texas H Color Diamonds: Are They Worth Your Buck?

The most highly valued diamonds are colorless.

But white diamonds, which are the most coveted, are the rarest and the most expensive.

Choosing a diamond in the lower end of the color grading spectrum for diamonds can save you lots of money.

But will it be worth it?

H color diamonds belong to the faint yellow color grade of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) diamond color grade scale.

Shira Diamonds offers H color diamonds to our Texas customers because it offers the best bang for the buck without sacrificing quality.

Our diamond experts consider the H color diamond value-priced with an almost colorless look.

In fact, it is one of the most popular choices of our customers because they look like the D color diamonds and are sold at a much lesser price.

What is an H Color Diamond?

We use the GIA diamond color grade scale as its standard in determining how a diamond approaches colorlessness.

In summary, here is where H color diamonds are located on the scale:

  • D, E, F: Colorless
  • G, H, I, J: Near Colorless
  • K, L, M: Faint
  • N, O, P, Q, R: Very Light
  • S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z: Light

The chart shows that an H color diamond, under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions, has a near-colorless hue.

However, if viewed by the naked eye, there is no significant difference of hue between an H color diamond and a D color diamond.

This is especially true knowing that the color of a diamond may be affected by chemical impurities and/or structural defects in the crystal lattice, both of which are microscopic and not visible to the untrained eye.

Why an H Color Diamond is the Sweet Spot

As mentioned earlier, the H color diamond is a favorite pick of our customers because it gives the best value for a diamond budget.

In general, you get a 20% or even lesser price for an H color diamond that’s nearly identical to a higher-priced D, E, or F color diamond.

Balancing color, cut, and clarity, we at Shira Diamonds highly recommend H color diamonds with VVS2, VS1, or VS2 clarity, especially for 1-carat weight and higher carat weight diamonds.

H color is also the best minimum color grade for large table diamond shapes like the radiant and cushion cuts.

h color diamond si1

A Guide to Using Diamond Color to Your Advantage

Since we value your style and budget in choosing the best option for a piece of wholesale diamond jewelry, here are specifics in a diamond color that you can use to your advantage:

  • You don’t have to buy a diamond with the best color grade unless you have a hefty amount of budget for it. An H color diamond will look just as good as a D color diamond when it is set on a designer metal jewelry.
  • The shape of your diamond affects the diamond’s color grade. The ROUND BRILLIANT CUT is the best shape that hides color. H color diamonds are thus best for this cut.
  • The type of metal you choose for a setting also affects which diamond color grade is best. Metals like yellow gold and rose gold tend to hide the faint yellow color of diamonds in the lower grades.

    For example, a yellow or rose gold setting for a D color and H color diamond with the same carat weight, clarity, and cut quality will have an identical appearance, negating the higher color grade.

    However, even experts recommend the H color diamond with white gold and platinum metals.

  • Color grade can have a significant effect on the price of a diamond. See comparisons below:
    • Round SI1 clarity with excellent cut:
      H color (0.5 carat) – $1,500
      D color (0.56 carat) – $2,120
    • Round VS2 with true hearts cut:
      H color (1.02 carat) – $7,540
      D color (1.05 carat) – $11,410
    • Round VVS2 with excellent cut:
      H color (2.03 carat) – $25,660
      D color (2.00 carat) – $41,930

Get the Best Value for an H Color Diamond from Shira Diamonds

We recommend the H color diamond as the undoubtedly sweet spot in diamond color grade where you can save a substantial amount of money without sacrificing the beauty and quality of a diamond.

Our diamond experts will help you get an excellent cut with a recommended shape and a beautiful metal setting for your H color diamond to make the stunningly beautiful diamond jewelry that you desire.

Why Choose Shira Diamonds?

We’re one of the trusted diamond wholesalers in Texas in locations such as Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth, and McKinney.

We’ve worked with only the reputable diamonds in the country which are De Beers and Alrosa. Our diamonds range from loose to studs. Whichever style you prefer, we’re ready to provide.

Schedule a virtual consultation by calling 214-466-1776. For any questions, feel free to contact us via the website.


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