All About Fancy Yellow Diamonds

Origin of a Yellow Diamond

Yellow diamonds are naturally made through the presence of nitrogen atoms in the diamond's crystal structure, which give the diamond its yellow color. The amount of nitrogen will impact the intensity of a yellow diamond.

Yellow Diamonds Today

Natural yellow diamonds, also known  as "canary" diamonds" have been increasing in popularity for decades.  They have recently been worn by many celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, and many more. Yellow diamonds are the most commonly purchased fancy colored diamond of them all and are the top-selling diamond color at Rare Colors. They are vibrant in color, classic, and the most affordable in large sizes compared to other fancy colored diamonds which are extremely rare and valuable over 5 carats.

Yellow Diamond Colors

Yellow diamonds range in color from a pale yellow hue known by the GIA as light yellow (Y to Z range) which are still graded on a "D to Z" diamond scale, ascending to fancy light yellow, fancy yellow, fancy intense yellow fancy vivid yellow. The more intense and pure the color, the more valuable the diamond.

Yellow diamond intensities in ascending order:

Light Yellow

Fancy Light Yellow

Fancy Yellow

Fancy Intense Yellow

Fancy Vivid Yellow

In addition to a yellow diamond's intensity, it is equally important that the color should have a pure hue and tone, without traces of brown, orange or green. According to the GIA, the highest authority on grading yellow diamonds, yellow diamonds can have different color appearances based on their tones and saturations. 

Yellow diamonds can have a "warmer" tone with hints of orange and brown, as well as a "cooler" tone with hints of green and yellowish green, while having a straight yellow certificate. ( See 2 diagrams below). For these reasons we highly recommend buying only from a trusted jeweler who is experienced with yellow diamonds. The ideal yellow diamond is a well-balanced yellow color without any secondary hues. 

 Yellow diamond color chart. Courtesy of GIA                 Credit -   Yellow diamond color chart cooler GIA        Credit -   


Value of a Yellow Diamond

To determine the basic value and rarity and value of a yellow diamonds, the same "4 C's" are applied, see below. However, more expertise is required to differentiate yellow diamonds of similar grading.

Color is the most critical factor for fancy color diamonds, and they are graded based on the intensity and hue of their color. The more vibrant and saturated the color, the higher the value. 

Clarity refers to the presence of inclusions in the diamond. The highest clarity is Internally Flawless. Typically any diamond graded SI1 and better is clean to the eye and its inclusions can only be seen with a loupe or microscope.

Cut refers to the diamond's proportions, symmetry, and polish. The better the cut, the more light is reflected, creating more brilliance and fire in the diamond. Also, it determines how big the diamond will look in relation to its carat weight.

Carat weight is the measure of a diamond's size and weight. All diamonds are evaluated based on their carat weights. In fancy color diamonds, carat weight affects the rarity less than its color intensity and hue.

Yellow Diamond Ring Settings

Almost every yellow diamond gains color and saturation once set in a yellow gold setting. Even if the setting is made in platinum or white gold, the basket holding the yellow diamond can be made in yellow gold (our design tip to increase the saturation of any yellow diamond). Our two most popular styles for yellow diamond rings:

Yellow Diamond Three Stone Rings 

Most commonly set with white diamonds on the sides. Popular shapes are half moons, trapezoids and pear shapes.  The shape and size of the side diamonds can be customized to give a ring your personal touch. 

Yellow Diamond Halo Rings 

Yellow diamond rings in diamond halos are most commonly surrounded by white diamond brilliant cuts. This setting style often results in a higher saturation of the center yellow diamond, due to more gold surrounding all sides of the diamond. The contrast of a yellow diamond surrounded by white diamonds is a stunning sight

The size of the halo can be customized, and can be made with yellow brilliant cut diamonds as well. We recommend this setting style for lighter shades of yellow diamonds. 

Photos of both three stone ring styles and halo ring styles are below. Ultimately the design you choose will be a matter of personal taste and preference.


3-stone canary diamond engagement rings

yellow diamond halo rings


Exceptional Yellow Diamonds

For years, yellow diamonds have been amongst the most valuable gems sold by large auction houses like Sotheby's and Christie's. 

This is a 303 carat fancy deep brownish yellow, internally flawless, sold by Sotheby's for $12,389,000 in December 2022.

The golden canary diamond - Sotheby's


For an article on some of the most impressive yellow diamonds ever sold, read here.

Credit - Sotheby's 
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As the holiday season approaches, what better way to celebrate the spirit of giving than with the timeless elegance of color diamond jewelry? Dazzling and distinctive, color diamonds add a touch of rarity and sophistication to any piece, making them the perfect gifts for those who appreciate the extraordinary.

In this holiday gift guide, we explore the enchanting world of color diamond jewelry, offering a curated selection of exquisite pieces that will not only captivate the eyes but also create cherished memories for your loved ones. Whether you're searching for a show-stopping necklace, a pair of elegant earrings, or a statement ring, our guide is your gateway to finding the ideal color diamond creation that will make this holiday season truly unforgettable.

Color Diamond Studs

Color diamond studs make fantastic holiday gifts for a few practical reasons. Firstly, they're just plain beautiful and add a touch of class to any outfit. The range of colors available means you can choose something that matches the recipient's style. Whether it's a classic yellow diamond, a bubblegum pink shade, there's something for everyone. Diamond studs are also durable and versatile, making them suitable for everyday wear, so the recipient can enjoy them long after the holidays. Overall, the combination of beauty, personalization, durability, and versatility makes color diamond studs a great and practical holiday present.

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Color Diamond Stackable Bands

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, these bands carry significant symbolism, representing enduring love and commitment with their continuous circle of diamonds. The versatility lies in the variety of available colors, allowing for a personalized touch that aligns with the recipient's taste and style. Unlike traditional diamond bands, the introduction of colored diamonds adds a contemporary and distinctive element to the jewelry, making it a standout accessory. The timeless design of diamond eternity bands ensures their suitability for both casual and formal occasions, contributing to their practicality and enduring charm. In summary, the combination of symbolic meaning, personalization, uniqueness, and timeless design renders color diamond eternity bands a thoughtful and appreciated holiday gift.

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Color Diamond Necklaces

These color diamond necklaces carry an undeniable touch of elegance. From a diamond heart pendant, to a stunning yellow diamond tennis necklace, the range is diverse enough to cater to different tastes. The beauty of colored diamonds adds a unique charm, allowing you to select a hue that perfectly complements the recipient's style. It's a thoughtful way to show you know their preferences, and the infusion of color gives these pieces a modern twist, making them stand out in the jewelry collection. If you're aiming for a gift that's both refined and adaptable, a color diamond necklace is a solid choice for the holiday season.

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Green Diamond Rings

Green diamond rings have been making waves, emerging as best-sellers and gaining popularity, partly thanks to iconic figures like Jennifer Lopez flaunting a stunning green diamond engagement ring. It's not just about the trend, though; green diamonds bring a refreshing twist to the classic ring. Whether it's a solitaire or a more intricate design, the vibrant green hue adds a unique touch, making it a standout piece in any collection. Beyond the aesthetics, the rising popularity of green diamond rings makes them a thoughtful and on-trend choice for a holiday surprise. So, if you're looking for a gift that combines elegance with a touch of celebrity-inspired style, a green diamond ring might just be the perfect holiday present.

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Color Diamond Bracelets

Whether you go for a mixed-shape design or a classic tennis bracelet, these pieces bring a touch of sophistication and sparkle to any wrist. The mixed shapes add a contemporary flair, making the bracelet stand out, while a regular tennis bracelet exudes timeless elegance. The versatility of color diamonds allows you to tailor the bracelet to the recipient's style, whether they prefer a modern edge or a more traditional look

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