Abstract: Color variations from brown to yellow of synthesized goethite have been studied colorimetrically and spectroscopically. Goethite with various colors was synthesized at pH 13 and 40°C by varying the incubation time. Colorimetry revealed that the b* value (yellowish chroma) in L*a*b* color space was a quantitative indicator of color variations of the diluted samples. From UV-VIS-NIR spectra, the increase in the b* value was found to be caused by the increase in crystal field absorptions due to goethite formation around 500 nm. The b* value was a good indicator of the relative proportion of goethite in the precipitates including ferrihydrite. X-ray diffraction patterns and infrared spectra revealed that crystallization of goethite was associated with loss of water from the proto-ferrihydrite.