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Game Of Tones: Fancy Coloured Diamonds

In diamonds, rare means valuable and colourless diamonds are rare. However, it doesn’t mean that fancy coloured diamonds don’t hold value. Only one in 10,000 diamonds is a fancy colour diamond. Their value increases as their colour intensity increases.

Some of you may think why colour diamonds and not gemstones? The answer to that is pretty simple, only diamonds can reflect with a sparkle which is what makes it rare. Fancy diamonds come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. They make up as one of the ideal choices for engagement rings. Most popular diamond colour tones are:

Yellow Diamond

Yellow Fancy Colour Diamond Intensities - The Good Whims
Yellow Fancy Colour Diamond Intensities

Yellow Diamond is the most popular shade of fancy coloured diamonds. It is often called ‘canary yellow diamond’ after the small yellow bird. This stone is chosen by the likes of Jenifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Kelly Clarkson to name a few. It gets its colour from the nitrogen content. Yellow diamonds is an excellent choice specially for those who are seeking more affordable coloured diamond options. 

Did you know? In 2005, Paris Hilton was proposed with a 24 carat canary diamond ring valued at $5 million by Latsis. 

Pink Diamond

Pink Fancy Colour Diamond Intensities - The Good Whims
Pink Fancy Colour Diamond Intensities
It's one of the rarest and most expensive coloured diamonds to go for. Most of these originate from the Argyle diamond mine in Australia and it takes about 3 or 4 more times time to polish them than colourless diamonds. In 2017, a famous 59.60 carat pink diamond names the Pink Star diamond became the most expensive gem ever auctioned, selling at $71.2 million. 

Did you know? Daria-i-noor is the largest pink diamond weighing at an estimated 182 carats. It’s the oldest pink diamond known and is part of the Iranian crown jewels. 

Green Diamond

Green Fancy Diamond Intensities - The Good Whims
Green Fancy Diamond Intensities

For diamonds it’s not easy being green, there are only 300 pieces in the world that are above one carat in size. It’s formed by the radiation deep in the Earth over millions of years. 

Did you know? The most famous green diamond weighs an astonishing 41 carats and is on display in the Green Vault in Dresden, Germany. Some experts believe it was mined in the Kollur Mines in Andhra Pradesh, India. 

Blue Diamond

Blue Fancy Diamond Intensities - The Good Whims
Blue Fancy Diamond Intensities

Blue diamonds are incredibly rare. It can only be found in three areas of the world: Australia, South Africa, and India. More the intensity of the blue colour, the more rare and expensive it is. The colour is derived in these stones by the level of boron. 

Did you know? In 2015, the ‘Blue Moon’ diamond weight 12.03 carat was sold for a whooping $4 million per carat making it most expensive diamond per carat ever sold. 

Top questions asked about Fancy Coloured Diamonds

What is a fancy colour diamond?

Diamonds in the normal colour range are usually graded from D-to-Z. Fancy coloured diamonds are those which exhibit a colour beyond the Z range. These come in a variety of colours such as yellow, pink, blue, green, red, black, brown.

How are fancy coloured diamonds graded?

Typically as a diamond increases the intensity of the colour on the scale, its value decreases. However, for fancy coloured diamonds, just the opposite happens. As the intensity of the colour increases, they become more valuable.

Are coloured fancy diamonds more expensive?

The most rare and expensive fancy coloured diamonds are significantly more expensive than colourless diamonds. Their value increases exponentially as the carat and colour intensity increases. These include pink, purple, orange, blue to name a few.

Are fancy coloured diamonds real?

Natural fancy colour diamonds are authentic in every way. The colours were formed within the stones due to natural processes over millions of years ago. These rough stones are rare and valuable.

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