The color intensity scale of pink diamonds is used to describe the saturation and strength of the pink color within the diamond. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) uses a scale specifically for pink diamonds, ranging from Faint Pink to Fancy Vivid with varying degrees of color intensity in between.
The GIA grading scale for pink diamonds includes the following categories:
1. Faint Pink: Diamonds in this category have a pale pink color that is just noticeable. The pink hue is relatively subdued.
2. Very Light Pink: These diamonds exhibit a slightly stronger pink color than faint pink diamonds but are still relatively light in saturation.
3. Light Pink: This category describes diamonds with a noticeable light pink color. The pink hue becomes more apparent and may show a touch of vibrancy.
4. Fancy Light Pink: Diamonds in this category display a more pronounced and distinct light pink color. The pink hue is noticeable and may have a touch of pastel-like charm.
5. Fancy Pink: This category represents diamonds with a medium-level pink color. The pink hue is more substantial and vibrant, making the diamond visually captivating.
6. Fancy Intense Pink: Diamonds in this category exhibit a high level of pink color saturation. The pink hue is strong and rich, creating an intense and captivating visual effect.
7. Fancy Vivid Pink: This is the highest grade of color intensity for pink diamonds. Diamonds in this category display an exceptionally vivid and deep pink color. They are extremely rare and highly coveted.
It's important to note that within each color intensity category, there can be variations in the specific hues and undertones of pink diamonds. These can include subtle shifts towards purplish-pink, orangish-pink, or brownish-pink tones, adding to the diversity and allure of pink diamonds.See the full chart of all the pink diamond variations below!