Yellow Diamonds (also known as Canary Yellow Diamonds and Canary Diamonds) are the most common form of Colored Diamonds. Within the range of rare colored diamonds (only 1 carat out of every 10,000 carats mined is a natural fancy color diamond), the yellow diamond has gained tremendous popularity because of its beautiful shine and its relatively affordable prices.
Basic Facts about Fancy Yellow Diamonds
Yellow diamonds are originated all over the world.
Nevertheless, the intense yellow diamonds come mostly from South Africa.
Yellow diamonds come in all shapes (round, oval, cushion cut, asscher cut, princess cut, etc.) and sizes and in various color intensities. The Intensities go from light yellow to fancy light yellow diamond and to the fancy yellow diamonds and all the way to the beautiful, rare and expensive intense yellow diamond and vivid yellow diamond.
The most common color combinations found in yellow diamonds are: Brown Yellow, Green Yellow and Orange Yellow. The last color that is mentioned in the color description is considered the dominant one.
This means that if a diamond is graded as a green yellow diamond it is a diamond that is yellow and has a secondary tone of green in it while a yellow green diamond is a green diamond with a secondary tone of yellow. It is important to understand that between the two diamonds mentioned here there is a vast difference in appearance, in rarity and in pricing.
Most people looking for yellow diamonds do not understand or look for diamonds with secondary hues. Because color combinations in colored diamonds is a very complex matter, from this point on, we will be talking and explaining mainly about pure yellow diamonds. Diamonds that are often referred as canary diamonds or canary yellows.
Yellow diamond color scale:
When grading colored diamonds, beside determining the color or color combination of the diamond, the color is also graded for intensity. Same goes for grading yellow diamonds.