Gemstone Series: Yellow Diamonds
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You may already know that the color of a diamond is rated on a D-to-Z scale. D-rated diamonds will, in theory, be devoid of any coloring whatsoever. Z-rated diamonds, on the other hand, will have a rich hue. While a D-rated stone will be far more expensive than any other diamond of a different rating with similar characteristics, it’s a fallacy to assume that the further away on the scale from D a diamond falls, the less desirable it is. In fact, Fancy Yellow diamonds, or those that are closer to Z with a yellow tint, are extremely sought after and make beautiful accents or even center stones on any engagement or wedding ring.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a Fancy Yellow or Fancy Light Yellow diamond for your ring, learn about the basics of this special kind of stone and what factors you should consider before picking one out.
- Yellow diamonds are the most common and affordable colored diamonds on the market. Other varieties, like those with a blue or green hue, are extremely rare and expensive.
- When you’re pricing out a yellow diamond, it can be helpful to look at its white counterpart’s price. In general, a Fancy Light Yellow diamond will be priced similarly to a white diamond with a J rating, all other things equal. A Fancy Yellow diamond, which will be closer on the color scale to Z, will be approximately as expensive as a white diamond with a G color rating.
- If a yellow diamond is rated a Z or is extremely close to that rating, it will often be called a Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond. These stones can be extremely expensive, unlike their relatives lacking the “vivid” qualifier.
- Secondary, or modifying, colors on the diamond’s certificate will play a large role in its price. You may see that a less expensive stone will be called brownish-yellow because a brown tint is darkening the yellow. Stones without a modifying color will often carry a higher price than those that have one.
- Unlike with white diamonds, color is of much greater importance than clarity to a Fancy Yellow diamond’s value. If you’re considering a Fancy Yellow diamond for your ring, you may be able to save some money by selecting a stone with a clarity rating that wouldn’t be optimal in a white diamond version.
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