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3 Reasons Yellow Diamonds Are Cooler Than You Think

yellow diamond with yellow diamond rough

Your Diamond Doesn’t Have to Be Fancy to Be a Yellow Diamond





Alllllright Mr. Fancy Pants.


There are two types of yellow diamonds. There are the diamonds that you know and love that just happen to have some yellow in them and then there are diamonds with so much yellow color that they’re called fancy colored diamonds, also referred to as canary diamonds. You see, the yellow color in diamonds comes from Nitrogen. Nitrogen is the most plentiful gas on Earth, making up 78.1% of the atmosphere. Let’s think of Nitrogen as your annoying little brother—he’s everywhere you go and bound to get into messes.


It’s actually more uncommon for a diamond to form without any yellow-causing Nitrogen than for it to form with it. This is why colorless diamonds are rarer than “low color” diamonds like L or M. But if you keep moving along the scale away from colorless diamonds, you will get to the opposite side—very vivid yellow diamonds. These have such a strong and even saturation of yellow color that they’re as rare as colorless diamonds.  Hooray for chem 101!


The Largest Cut Diamond in the World is a Yellow Diamond


the largest yellow diamond

The Golden Jubilee Diamond


Can you imagine being the most amazing, classy, wonderful person with lots and lots of depth and intrigue, but who also likes to stay off the radar?  No, of course you can’t, because if you were that amazing you would want to be known as number 1.  Sadly, this is the fate of the Golden Jubilee diamond.  It’s the largest cut and faceted diamond in the entire world, but have you ever heard of it?  Of course not, because people only care about the Hope Diamond.


The Golden Jubilee will forever be Jan.


The Golden Jubilee diamond was cut in an underground room free from vibrations with brand new tools by the world renowned diamond cutter Gabriel Tolkowsky (grandson of the inventor of the modern brilliant cut).  Even that wasn’t so much of an honor—it was considered the “practice round” for when Mr. Tolkowsky would cut the colorless Centenary diamond


The Golden Jubilee is still very special–it was gifted to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in 1995 for his 50th coronation anniversary.


Eureka! The Diamond That Started It All Was a Yellow Diamond


eureka yellow diamond

The Eureka.


Let’s travel back in time to 1867.  You’re a young boy saddled with the unfortunate name Erasmus who’s living in South Africa with your parents.  One day you’re out searching for sticks near the river and you notice a nice size rock twinkling in the sunlight.  “That’d be amazing for five stones!” you think because you’re 15 and diamonds haven’t been discovered in Africa yet.  You toss the rock into your pocket and use it to play the older version of Jacks later.  Unbeknownst to you, you just discovered the first diamond in Africa.  Eureka!


The Eureka diamond is a 10.73 ct. brownish yellow diamond in its cut and polished form.  When found, the rough was 21.25 carats.  Its discovery led to the diamond rush in South Africa and began the Mineral Revolution.  100 years after it was first discovered, De Beers purchased the diamond and donated it to the people of South Africa.  It resides in the Kimberley Mine Museum and can be seen there.


Learn more about this amazing diamond color by visiting our expert guide to natural fancy yellow diamonds.

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One Response to 3 Reasons Yellow Diamonds Are Cooler Than You Think

  1. Lisa says:

    I didn’t know the first diamond found in Africa was yellow. I wonder why we think by default diamonds should be white.