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  • Diamond Colors

Diamonds exist in practically all colors of the rainbow – 

 

  • Pink - Since pink diamonds are so rare, they have become very collectible as both an investment opportunity and a luxury fashion statement. Argyle pink diamonds are especially coveted. Learn more about them with our expert guide.
 
  • Purple - The most expensive of all purple diamonds are those that are uniformly pure purple without any secondary color modifiers.
 
  • Red - Natural red diamonds are indeed so hard to come by that up to a mere thirty are known to exist.
 
  • Orange - Fancy orange diamonds are commonly found with modifying colors of brown and yellow and such diamonds are typically less expensive.
 
  • Yellow - Thanks to a large celebrity following, yellow diamonds have become a very fashionable diamond color.
 
  • Green - Natural green diamonds owe their color to radiation exposure that unfolded over millions of years during their formation.
 
  • Blue - Most years, only one natural blue diamond rough is mined, emphasizing how truly rare they are.
 
  • Champagne (Brown) - Although a champagne diamond may look luxurious, its price is often quite affordable since the color is more abundant in nature.
 
  • Black - Black diamonds are opaque instead of translucent and owe their color to evenly distributed, dark inclusions.
 
  • Grey - fancy grey diamonds are generally considered to rank among the most affordable color diamonds.
 
  • Chameleon - Chameleon diamonds got their name because they are the only diamond that can change color (often from green to yellow.)

 

Among these main colors of diamonds, secondary color modifiers, and occasionally secondary base colors are often present to transform the overall hue, resulting in the creation of a unique colored diamond hybrid.

 

 

What Color Is A Diamond?

 

Natural fancy colored diamonds are an entirely separate group that exists and is graded independently of colorless diamonds. The colorless (often called “white”) diamonds are graded on a D-Z scale. This is because even white diamonds can have slight hints of color in the form of yellow or brown. However, colorless diamonds are prized for their lack of color, so these hints of yellow or brown negatively affect a diamond’s value. The exact opposite is true for colored diamonds, where the color is the most important factor of value.  All diamond colors, including a yellow or brown color diamond with color that is stronger than the D-Z scale, will be graded based on intensity of color. Intensity refers to the combination of tone and saturation.  Tone is how much lightness or darkness exists in the diamond and saturation refers to the depth of color.

 

Diamond color grading proceeds in the following ascending order of intensity: Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Deep, Fancy Dark, Fancy Intense, and Fancy Vivid. The more intense the color of diamonds, the more rare, and rarity determines overall value. For example: A Fancy Vivid Pink is rarer and more valuable than a Fancy Brown-Yellow.  Below is a pink color chart for reference.

 

diamond color intensity scale 

 

A diamond with a light tone and light saturation is either Light or Fancy Light.  

 

A diamond with a medium tone and deep saturation is Fancy Intense.

 

A diamond with a dark tone and deep saturation is Fancy Dark.

 

The most desired intensities are usually Fancy Vivid and Fancy Intense—the perfect marriage of tone and saturation. 

 

 

Colors of Diamonds, Explained

 

We mentioned earlier that diamonds can have one or two base colors as well as color modifiers. The first color in a description is the modifier and the last is a base color.  This means that a colored diamond can have:

 

  • One dominant (base) color - Example: Fancy Intense Yellow

  • Two base colors - Example: Fancy Light Brown-Pink

  • One modifier and one base color - Example: Fancy Vivid Purplish Red

  • One modifier two base colors - Fancy Greenish Yellow-Grey
 
  • Two modifiers and one base color - Example: Fancy Dark Grayish Greenish Yellow


Because of this amazing phenomenon, virtually all colors of diamonds exist to suit our uniquely individual tastes.

 

 

 

Learn more about the specifics of each diamond color by clicking the links below:

 

 

Pink

 

 

Yellow

 

Brown

 

Green

 

 

Blue

 

Orange

 

Red

 

 

Purple

 

Violet

 

Grey

 

 

Black

 

Chameleon 

 

Shop the collection of fancy colored diamonds and find yours today.