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Fancy Color Diamonds

What are Fancy Color Diamonds?

Fancy Color Diamonds are not our traditional diamonds! This is your ultimate fancy color diamond guide. If you need info on these wonderful gems, you are in the right place. So you have have some questions, which we are more than happy to clear up for your.

Are Fancy Color Diamonds Real Diamonds?

Yes! They are absolutely real diamonds and come certified from the most respected grading laboratories in the world, such as GIA.

Are Fancy Color Diamonds treated or dyed?

At Kyllonen, we only sell 100% geniune untreated Fancy Color Diamonds. You can find this information on a GIA certificate, which specifies our diamonds as natural even color. I would be very difficult to trust a retailer claiming to sell fancy color diamonds and not provide a reputable certificate such as GIA or AGS.

Isn't yellow in a Diamond a bad thing?

Not if it receives a Fancy Grade from GIA. Most diamonds on the market today are called white diamonds, but are actually transparent in color. These diamonds are graded on a scale of D-Z based on their lack of color. D color diamond means it is colorless, which is extremely rare and valuable. Z color diamond, on the other hand, is a diamond that has a noticeable tinge of yellow. When yellow in the diamond goes beyond the Z range, there are now fancy color diamonds. This is because they have reached a level in color which is rare and is no longer a tinge, but a noticeable color. If you want to checkout D-Z color scale with examples, click here.

What Color Diamonds are available?

Yellow Diamonds

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The Info

Yellow Diamonds are becoming more popular, especially with the rise in popularity in celebrity engagement rings such as; Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Kely Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Iggy Azalea, and more.

  • Most Famous - 128ct Tiffany Yellow Diamond
  • Location - Africa
  • Cause - Presence of Nitrogen

White Diamonds

Color Modifiers

None

The Info

Fancy White Diamonds are one of the most unique diamonds in the world. Similar to Black Diamonds, there beauty is actually derived from inclusions. These inclusions create an appearance similar to opals, called an opalescence.

  • Collectability - Connoisseurs
  • Location - Africa
  • Cause - Microscopic Inclusions

Orange Diamonds

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The Info

Orange Diamonds are one of the more rare colors of diamonds in the world. Their unique color is formed similar to yellow diamonds, coming from nitrogen. Orange diamonds often contain the color modifiers yellow, brown, and occasionally pink.

  • Most Famous - 5.54ct Pumpkin Diamond
  • Location - Africa
  • Cause - Presence of Nitrogen

Pink Diamonds

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The Info

Pink Diamonds rising in popularity and price, making them an investment diamond.The rise in popularity in celebrity engagement rings such as;Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kournikova, Queen Elizabeth, Mariah Carey, Blake Lively, and more.

  • Most Famous - 24.78ct Graff Pink Diamond
  • Location - Australia
  • Cause - Heat and pressure crystal distortion

Green Diamonds

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The Info

Green Diamonds are very rare and usually come in a gray or olive color. Other modifiers, such as blue or yellow come at a premium price. The more vivid examples of green diamonds are extremely rare and highly collectible.

  • Most Famous - 41ct The Dresden Diamond
  • Location - Africa & South America
  • Cause - Natural Radiation

Black Diamonds

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The Info

Purple Color Diamonds are extremely rare and come from some remote locations on earth. The price for one of these gems is high due this lack of supply.

  • Most Famous - 7.34ct The Royal Purple Heart Diamond
  • Location - Syberia & Australia
  • Cause - Heat and pressure crystal distortion

Black Diamonds

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The Info

Blue Diamonds are a highly prized diamond and one of the world's most famous diamond, The Hope Diamond, is blue. Another famous blue diamond is the Wittelsbach Diamond.

  • Most Famous - 45ct Hope Diamond
  • Location - India
  • Cause - Boron binding to Carbon

Black Diamonds

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The Info

Red Diamonds are the most expensive gemstone in the world by weight; ranging from 500,000 per carat to over 1.5 million per carat. Only a handful exisit in the world.

  • Most Famous - 5.11ct Moussiaf Red
  • Location - South America & Australia
  • Cause - Heat and pressure crystal distortion

Black Diamonds

Color Modifiers

None

The Info

Black Diamonds are often used for industrial purposes, such as cutting tools, but began to rise in popularity due to their unique look. Black Diamonds are cheaper than your standard white diamond.

  • Most Famous - 67.5ct Black Orloff
  • Location - Africa
  • Cause - Dark inclusions and Graphite

Gray Diamonds

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The Info

Gray Diamonds are more rare then many other shades of diamond colors; however, gray diamonds are cheaper than a traditional white diamond. There are no famous gray diamonds, but famous Hope diamond has a gray modifier.

  • Location - Africa
  • Cause - Hydrogen

Brown Diamonds

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The Info

Brown Diamonds are often cheaper than standard white diamonds, unless they have modifiers such as pink, which can go for over $50,000 per carat. Brown Diamonds have been worn by Celebrities such as Beyonce.

  • Most Famous - 69.93ct Golden Pelican
  • Location - Australia & Africa
  • Cause - Heat and pressure crystal distortion

Whats Diamond Colors are most expensive?

The market changes quite often for color diamonds, yielding returns on investment. We sorted the chart above by the current market price.

Yellow, Fancy White, Orange, Pink, Green, Purple, Blue, Red

The "Others" category consist of diamonds that are below your standard white diamonds market price.

Black, Gray, and Brown

What is Color Intensity?

These diamonds are graded on a new systemconsisting of 9 different distinctions.

Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense, Fancy Vivid, Fancy Dark, and Fancy Deep.

Interestingly, Not all diamonds are graded with Fancy Dark, such as pink diamonds. These diamonds; however, are usually no more valuable if they are Fancy Dark or Fancy Deep. Usually the most prized fancy color diamonds are Fancy, Fancy Intense, and Fancy Vivid . Here is a scale demonstrating the most valuable diamond color diamonds by color grade.

What Does Kyllonen Recommend?

Below is our minimum standard recommendations when buying fancy color diamonds. We have broken this up into 2 sets of standards, because some diamond colors are extremely rare and do not have the luxury of being as selective.

    Yellow Diamonds Minimum Standard:

    • Clarity: Si1 or Higher
    • Polish: Very Good or Excellent
    • Symmetry: Very Good or Excellent
    • Intensity: Fancy or Higher
    • Fluorescence: Medium to None

    Color Diamonds Minimum Standard:

    • Clarity: Si2 (if Rare) or Higher
    • Polish: Good (if Rare) or Higher
    • Symmetry: Good (if Rare) or Higher
    • Intensity: Fancy Light or Higher
    • Fluorescence: Medium to None

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