FANCY COLORED DIAMONDS

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We generally talk about colorless diamonds, as they are widely used & recognized for jewelry, but the world of FANCY COLORED DIAMONDS will surprise you. The fancy colored diamonds include:

  • Fancy yellow diamonds (canary diamonds)
  • Fancy orange diamonds (cognac diamonds)
  • Fancy brown diamonds (chocolate diamonds)
  • Fancy pink diamonds
  • Fancy red diamonds
  • Fancy gray diamonds
  • Fancy green diamonds (light mint to grass colors)

Does a question arise: what are fancy color diamonds?

Fancy color diamonds are yellow or brown diamonds that exhibit color beyond the Z range, or diamonds that exhibit any other color face-up.

Fancy colored diamonds are available in almost all colors you might imagine including, green, red, blue, pink, purple, orange, yellow & brown, out of which yellow and brown diamonds are the most common.

Intense pink, reddish, and blue diamonds are the rarest diamonds. Pure pinks & reds are more popular.

Fancy colored diamonds are graded by GIA in terms of color. The rating scale differs for diamonds having deep shades. The GIA grades fancy color diamonds in a growing color strength scale from faint, very light, light, fancy light, and fancy to fancy intense, fancy vivid, fancy dark, and fancy deep with fancy vivid, and fancy deep generally, holding the most valuable prices, the difference in the categories is about saturation. The saturation increases, the grade increases.

Fancy yellow diamonds (Canary diamonds):

Yellow color has a wide range in fancy colored diamonds while compared to other colors. Nitrogen's presence within a diamond is the primary source of yellow color in it. Canary yellow diamonds are the most valuable yellows. The GIA grading scale for yellow includes:

  • Faint
  • Very light
  • Light
  • Fancy light
  • Fancy
  • Fancy intense
  • Fancy vivid
  • fancy deep
  • fancy dark

Fancy orange diamonds (cognac diamonds):

Nitrogen's presence within a diamond is the primary source of orange color in it. The difference between yellow and orange color is the grouping of nitrogen atoms during the formation of a diamond, if the arrangement absorbs the blue & yellow lights, then it creates an orange.

The orange diamonds grading as per GIA includes:

  • Faint orange
  • Very light orange
  • Light orange
  • Fancy light orange
  • Fancy
  • Fancy intense orange
  • Fancy vivid orange
  • Fancy deep orange

Fancy brown diamonds (chocolate diamonds):

Brown diamonds are among the most common diamonds (with yellow), yet beautiful. Like yellow, they have a wide range of colors too. Chocolaty brown adorned in any jewelry piece adds a hint of grace to it.

Fancy pink diamonds:

Pink diamonds are regarded as the rarest diamonds. After all, they occur infrequently, as 90% of pink diamonds are found in one mine only, located in Western Australia, named Argyle diamond mine. These are extremely luxurious and graceful. The pure colored pink diamond without any secondary hue is fancied, yet secondary tones like purplish pink, orangish pink, & purplish brown are valuable too.

Fancy red diamonds:

Fancy diamond of red color does not obtain its color from any other impurities like other diamonds, then how it gets red is still unsolved. Fancy red diamonds do not vary with their intensity levels, though different modifiers like purplish red, brownish-red are present. They are pure red and beautiful.

Fancy gray diamonds:

Gray diamonds are relatively unknown to other colored diamonds. The only reason behind it is the rarity of gray diamonds. Gray fancy diamond enhances the beauty of any ring, earring, bracelet, or other jewelry pieces. Most gray fancy diamonds get their color due to the high absorption of hydrogen and boron. Literature can distinguish up to five hundred shades of a human eye, and so the same probability is for fancy gray diamond's variety.

Fancy green diamonds (light mint to grass colors):

Green Diamonds are considered to be the rarest in the fancy diamond world. Exposure of radioactivity to the stones for a longer period turns out to be green fancy diamonds. Hold on! There's no risk in wearing them. The formation process is incredible and rare. The range of green diamonds is vast, from mint green to deep tones of green. The grading of greens depends on both color intensity and the exact shade of a fancy diamond.

The GIA grades green diamonds on the following scale:

  • Faint Green
  • Very Light Green
  • Light Green
  • Fancy Light Green
  • Fancy Green
  • Fancy intense
  • fancy vivid
  • fancy deep

The fancy color diamond price depends on the types of diamond colors. Yellow and brown are the cheapest, while pink, blue, green fancy color diamonds are valuable comparatively.

The valuation of any fancy color diamond depends on the 3C's of a diamond that is the same as a colorless diamond, its clarity, cut, and color. For fancy colored diamonds, color and rarity are dominant factors. Relatively to yellow and brown, any other hint of color in a diamond is considered fancier and rare.

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