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What are Yellow Diamonds?

July 31, 2013 2 min read

Style # HE74 was set with a 1.50ct cushion cut fancy yellow diamond.

Did you know that diamonds are found in almost every color of the spectrum, including green, pink, and blue? The majority of diamonds, however, feature tints of brown or yellow. Yellow diamonds are the most popular of all fancy colored diamonds in the marketplace because they are available in a wide variety of carat weights as well as fancy shapes. But what are yellow diamonds?

Style # HE3488Y was set with a 1.24 ct fancy intense yellow diamond.

The answer is quite simple. The presence of nitrogen is the cause of the yellow color in diamonds. Diamond color is typically graded within the GIA D-Z Color Grading Scale while the diamond is in the face-down position. Diamonds that are beyond the Z color are graded as a Fancy Color and will be evaluated by a different set of parameters while being graded face-up. A grading laboratory will evaluate a diamond’s hue, tone, and saturation to determine the Fancy Color grade.

Fancy yellow diamonds are classified as the following terms: Fancy Light Yellow, Fancy Yellow, Fancy Intense Yellow, Fancy Dark Yellow, Fancy Deep Yellow, and Fancy Vivid Yellow. The preferred color of a diamond is ultimately a personal decision, though typically the deeper the yellow the more expensive the stone.

It is also important to know that the ring setting will enhance a yellow diamond, which is often referred to as a canary diamond. We have designed our yellow diamond engagement rings with an 18kt yellow gold cup, which intensifies the color of the center diamond. We have worked with a variety of Fancy Colored Diamonds. We offer a comprehensive yellow diamond search for your convenience. If you would like to learn more about choosing the best yellow diamond for you and your needs, please feel free to contact one of our GIA graduate gemologists at your convenience.

 


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