Fancy color diamonds have a story that differs from colorless diamonds. Anyone who has studied the 4Cs can tell you that when it comes to diamonds, the less color, the better. With a fancy colored diamond it is all about enjoying its inherent body color and luster, and not so much about its fiery sparkle. In fact, these diamonds will display a noticeable color when viewed from the face-up position — that’s enough color to exceed “Z” in the D-Z color scale.
The grading of fancy color diamonds is done on a scale ranging from Fancy Light to Fancy Vivid. The most important factor in evaluating a fancy color diamond is, of course, the richness and beauty of the color, so the Intense or Vivid diamonds which have the richest color are most sought after. Red, green, violet, and orange are often the most rare colors, followed by pink, and then blue color diamonds. Yellows are the more common fancy colored diamonds.
Fancy color diamonds are formed when foreign atoms get trapped internally due to radiation or changes in carbon placement in the lattice structure of the diamond. The trapped atoms of other elements like Nitrogen (yellow diamonds) and Boron (blue diamonds) give an attractive color to a diamond. Their natural formation is so rare that for every 10,000 carats of mined clear diamonds, less than 1 carat-color diamond is found. Fancy color lab grown diamonds get their color from post-growth treatments or during diamond growth.
The majestic Hope diamond – a 45.52 carats brilliant Cushion shape grayish-blue diamond – still attracts around three million visitors each year!
Grading labs like IGI, use state of the art technologies to determine naturally mined, laboratory grown or simulant origin, and color as natural, processed, or artificially treated. Experienced graduate gemologists conduct further assessment in controlled conditions, detailing relevant gemological characteristics according to the strictest international system.
Fancy yellow diamonds make 60% of all colored diamonds and are the most in-demand colored diamonds. The intensity of the color and the secondary hue (present in all colored diamonds) can impart unique shades of yellow in a diamond. They can appear a little brownish, or with slight orange tints. When nitrogen atoms get trapped inside the diamond’s crystal lattice structure, it makes the diamond yellow. Their price ranges from $3,588 for 1.56 carat to $6,464 for a 2.23-carat lab grown yellow diamond.
Fancy color diamonds like pink are much rarer than yellow diamonds. The majority of pink diamonds were found in one place – the Argyle mine in Australia. Unfortunately, this mine was shut down in 2020, making these beautiful diamonds ever more valuable and rare. The fancy pink color is a result of a process called Plastic Deformation, in which extreme pressure compresses the diamond’s crystal structure in a way that reflects red light. The degree of plastic deformation affects the saturation of the diamond’s color. Most pink diamonds have a secondary hue such as purple, brown or orange, and can be described as orange-pink or brown-pink. On LovBe, you can walk away with a lab grown pink diamond for $627 (0.75-carat princess cut)!
Beauty in a diamond is like beauty anywhere, it is in the eye of the beholder! If you are seeking fancy color gemstones with a point of difference, which are unique and non-traditional, take a look at yellow and pink color diamonds offered by LovBe.
Of all the 4Cs, color and cut are two crucial factors when it comes to a fancy color diamonds price. The intensity of the fancy color diamonds and the uniformity of it across the diamond also determines its appearance and price. As for the cut, it determines how deep light travels within the diamond before getting reflected, resulting in its color.