Fancy Diamond Colour Guide
Natural fancy colour diamonds owe their vibrant, colourful tones and hues to structural imperfections and/or chemical impurities present within their crystalline structures, while perfectly colourless diamonds exhibit very little or no chemical impurities or structural flaws. The amount and the location of said imperfections or impurities will directly influence the intensity, as well as the hue, of any given fancy colour diamond. An increase in nitrogen atoms, for example, may imbue a diamond with a yellow or brown tint, while pink or red tinges arise in diamonds with plastic deformations.
Fancy color diamonds come in a rainbow of colors and hues, from the more common fancy yellow diamond to the incredibly rare fancy red diamond.
Caused by large aggregates of nitrogen atoms, fancy yellow diamonds are perhaps the most common of all fancy colour diamonds. Fancy yellow diamonds, also known as canary diamonds, are especially popular in high end engagement rings.
The rarest of all fancy colour diamonds, red diamonds are considered particularly valuable. In fact, only a handful of naturally formed, vividly hued, high carat fancy colour red diamonds have ever been unearthed. The more common forms of red diamonds are those tinged with secondary brown or pink hues.
Wildly popular yet incredibly rare, pink diamonds are valued for their beautiful, romantic hues. Fancy pink diamonds are perhaps the most popular fancy colour diamonds used in wedding bands and engagement rings.
Fancy blue diamonds were made popular by the discovery of the infamous deep blue 45.52 carat Hope Diamond. After fancy red diamonds, blue diamonds are the rarest diamond colour and are valued as such. Fancy blue diamonds come in a range of colours, from powder blue to deep blue, aquamarine blue to grayish-blue.
Also known as carbonados, black diamonds are favoured for their striking appearance as well as their relative affordability. Fancy black diamonds are considered relatively common and are most popularly used in men’s jewellery.
Monotone fancy grey diamonds are relatively uncommon and are thought to be rather valuable. Favoured for their smoky, ethereal look, fancy grey diamonds vary in colour from deep grey to grayish-blue.
Popular for their unique appearance and romantic hues, fancy purple diamonds are a rarity and are highly valued. Perfect for anniversary rings and engagement rings, fancy purple diamonds are in high demand.Fancy Purple Diamonds
Fancy Green Diamonds
The result of increased exposure to radiation, green diamonds are considered especially uncommon and incredibly stunning. Radiant and unique, fancy green diamonds are perfect for truly one of a kind jewellery pieces.
Fancy orange diamonds are favoured for their vibrant appearance, as well as their rarity. Fancy orange diamonds vary in colour from orangey-pink to deep orange and are considered especially valuable and unique.
Also called chocolate diamonds, brown diamonds were made popular by their warm, deep hues. Being more common than red or blue diamonds, fancy brown diamonds are also favoured for their relative affordability.
Diamond laboratories often use a list of 27 fancy diamond colour hues, which span the entire colour spectrum.
- Orangish-Red - Orangish-red diamonds feature a primary reddish hue and a secondary orange hue, producing a fiery, vibrant gemstone.
- Reddish-Orange - Reddish orange diamonds exhibit a primary orange colour, with a secondary reddish tinge, for a radiant, stunning diamond.
- Yellowish-Orange - Yellowish-orange diamonds posses a primary orange hue, complemented by a faint yellowish tinge, producing an effervescent diamond.
- Yellow-Orange - Yellow-orange diamonds exhibit a primary orange colour, tinged by a vivid yellow hue, for a radiant gemstone.
- Orange-Yellow - Orange-yellow diamonds boast a primary yellow colour, with a secondary orange tinge, producing a fiery diamond.
- Orangish-Yellow - Orangish-yellow diamonds posses a primary yellow tone, with an orangish tinge, for a beautiful, vibrant diamond.
- Greenish-Yellow - Greenish-yellow diamonds feature a yellow primary tone, with faint greenish tinges, for a truly unique diamond.
- Green-Yellow - Green-yellow diamonds boast a primary yellow hue, with a vivid green tinge, for a truly one of a kind diamond.
- Yellow-Green - Yellow-green diamonds feature a green primary colour, with a yellow secondary tinge, producing a dazzling diamond.
- Yellowish-Green - Yellowish-green diamonds posses a green primary hue, with a faint yellowish tinge, for an intriguing looking diamond.
- Bluish-Green - Bluish-green diamonds boast a green primary colour, with a bluish undertone, for a vibrant diamond.
- Blue-Green - Blue-green diamonds posses a deep green colour, with a deep blue tinge, for a dazzling, deeply coloured diamond.
- Green-Blue - Green-blue diamonds posses a primary blue hue, with a green secondary tone, for a truly spectacular diamond.
- Greenish-Blue - Greenish-blue diamonds feature a blue primary hue, with a faint greenish tinge, for a subtle, yet radiant, diamond.
- Violetish-Blue - Violetish-blue diamonds feature a blue primary colour, with a violetish tint, for a truly unique diamond.
- Bluish-Violet - Bluish-violet diamonds boast a violet primary tone, with a faint bluish tinge, for a radiant diamond.
- Violet - Violet diamonds feature a primary violet hue, for a rare and truly magnificent diamond.
- Reddish-Purple - Reddish-purple diamonds boast a purple primary hue, with a reddish tinge for a vibrant diamond.
- Red-Purple - Red-purple diamonds boast a purple primary tone, with a deep red secondary tone, for a stunning, eye catching diamond.
- Purple-Red - Purple-red diamonds feature a red primary tone, with a purple secondary tinge, for a colourful, vibrant diamond.
- Purplish-Red - Purplish-red diamonds boast a red primary tone, with faint purplish underscores, for a spectacularly coloured diamond.