FANCY COLORED DIAMONDS

While regular diamonds are graded using the four C’s (Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight), fancy colored diamonds are graded by how intense their color is. The GIA grades fancy colored diamonds on three terms: Hue, Tone, and Saturation. The hue of a fancy colored diamond is it’s overall color. The tone refers to how light or dark the stone is. The saturation of a colored diamond would be referring to the depth of the color.

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The above chart is used for gemologists to assign a color to a fancy diamond.

 The different colors of fancy colored diamonds have different values as well, according to the rarity of the shade.

1. YELLOW DIAMONDS

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Yellow diamonds are the most common type of colored diamonds, making up around 60% of all colored diamonds.

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The yellow diamond color scale is pictured above. A vivid yellow color would be the most valuable and expensive type of yellow diamond. A vivid yellow diamond is sometimes called a canary diamond.

2. BLUE DIAMONDS

Blue colored diamonds are very rare. The hue is more of a dark and greyish blue, and less intense than other blue gemstones, such as sapphires.

The intensity greatly affects the price of a blue diamond. A 0.50 carat light blue diamond is priced around $50,000 US dollars. However, a stone of the same weight with an intense color would cost around $130,000 dollars!

Perhaps the most famous diamond in the world, the Hope diamond, which is pictured below, is a fancy dark greyish blue colored diamond.

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3. RED DIAMONDS

Red diamonds are the rarest type of colored diamonds. Only about 25-30 natural red diamonds have been discovered thus far. The largest one discovered weighs 5.11 carats, and sold for $8 million dollars in 2001. Now, it is estimated to be worth around $20 million dollars!

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Other colored diamonds get their color from added chemical impurities, but red diamonds have none. Diamond experts proclaim that these stones get their red color do to a deformation in their atomic structure.

4. BROWN DIAMONDS

Brown diamonds are the most affordable type of naturally colored diamonds, apart from black diamonds. A 1-carat brown diamonds would be priced around $2,500 dollars. Up until the 1950’s, brown diamonds were primarily used for industrial work instead of jewelry due to their color. However, around the mid 1900’s, brown diamonds were rebranded to turn peoples perspective on them. They were instead referred to as cognac, champagne, amber, and chocolate diamonds. This rebranding worked, and people began wearing these stones as jewelry.

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The above diamonds are cognac diamonds, named after the deep reddish brown liquor. On the contrary, champagne diamonds are much lighter in color. As you can see pictured below, a champagne diamond can look stunning when set.

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5. BLACK DIAMONDS

Natural colored black diamonds get their black color from many inclusions inside of a colorless diamond, which makes the stone appear black. Sometime, black diamonds are dark grey which are then treated to bring out a deeper black color.

Black diamonds have also not been popular until recently. Now, a black diamond engagement ring is a trendy and different way to express your love. It can definitely be a beautiful addition to your jewelry collection. Black diamonds are also cheaper than colorless diamonds. This gorgeous black diamond ring pictured below has a total carat weight of 1.25 cts and is only priced at $899.99.

Pair this lovely ring with our black diamond band below, and you will be sure to catch everyone’s eye with your uniquely beautiful set.