Posted on December 18, 2013 by

Not All Diamonds Are Fancy

Diamonds can be considered “fancy” for two reasons: shape and color. Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as: not plain or ordinary, the term “fancy” is an adjective that dealers and jewelry lovers alike can appreciate.  The definition is easily applied to diamonds with special traits such as beautiful color or interesting shape.  However, there are real guidelines for placing a diamond into the fancy category.


According to the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), all colored diamonds are graded in order of increasing color strength from Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, and Fancy to Fancy Intense, Fancy Vivid, Fancy Dark, and Fancy Deep. Fancy Vivid and Fancy Deep generally command the highest prices because they have the most powerful color. The saturation must be rich enough to classify the diamond as a fancy color such as yellow, pink, blue, green, purple, brown, orange, black, grey or red.


natural fancy colored diamonds

Natural Fancy Colored Diamonds in Assorted Shapes


A round diamond is universally considered the only traditional diamond shape.  All other shapes, such as princess, emerald, asscher, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, cushion and heart fall into the “fancy” group.  Although colorless diamonds can be cut in fancy shapes just based on consumer preference, fancy colored diamonds are often cut into fancy shapes to prevent the color from “leaking” and retain intensity.  Squarish shapes are considered to be of the best to choose for fancy color diamonds because they accentuate the natural color of the stone.


1.55 Carat Cushion Cut Natural Fancy Yellow Diamond

A beauty from Diamond Envy’s collection of loose diamonds: 1.55 Carat Cushion Cut Natural Fancy Yellow Diamond


So this cushion cut natural yellow diamond must be pretty darn fancy, huh?

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