Diamonds have a variety of colors colorless, white, steel, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink, brown, and black.  Colored diamonds have impurities in them or structural defects that cause the diamond to get its color over time. For instance, impurities replace a carbon atom in the crystal lattice the most common is nitrogen, causing a yellowish or brownish tinge.


Most white diamonds are discounted in price as the more yellow hue is detectable, while pink or blue diamonds can be more valuable. A diamond with intense color is labeled “fancy”  the yellow diamond for example.  When you look at a diamond and you can see a yellow tint this is considered I, or J color this is not considered a fancy diamond.  In order for a yellow diamond to be considered a “fancy diamond,” it would be a bright yellow not a hint of yellow diamonds with higher color grades are rare and more expensive.

It’s important to note that the color grading of a diamond is done on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown), with D being the most valuable and Z being the least. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that some diamonds with a slight yellow tint can still be beautiful and valuable, especially if they have other desirable characteristics, such as exceptional clarity or cut.

In addition to the traditional white and yellow diamonds, colored diamonds have become increasingly popular in recent years. These diamonds are often referred to as “fancy” and come in a wide range of colors, including pink, blue, green, and even red. The value of a fancy diamond depends on the intensity and rarity of the color, with some fetching sky-high prices at auction.

Whether you’re in the market for a traditional white diamond or a bold, colorful gemstone, it’s important to consider the color when making your purchase. With a little bit of knowledge and some careful attention to detail, you can find a diamond that perfectly suits your taste and budget.

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