Fancy Colored Diamonds Q&A

Customers constantly ask us questions regarding fancy colored diamonds, pricing, grading and rarity. Here are a number of recurring questions, and their answers:


Q: How does color grading (intensity of color) affect pricing?

A: In terms of cost there is a correlation between intensity grading and price from Faint – Fancy Vivid (intensity gradings) in a running order. However, Fancy Dark and Fancy Deep intensity grades are judged individually for each diamond in terms of cost, depending on their specific color attributes. 

In general, Fancy Deep is more expensive than Fancy Dark and more or less between Fancy and Fancy Vivid in terms of pricing. But again, it depends on the specific stone. In terms of price, Fancy Dark is located between Fancy to Fancy Light, depending on the specific stone.


Q: How do secondary colors affect fancy color diamonds pricing?

A: Secondary colors can affect a diamond both ways, up or down. If the secondary is rarer than the main color (for example: pinkish-Brown or Green-Yellow) its price will be higher that a single primary color diamond. On the other hand if the secondary color is more common, less attractive or with less marketability (such as: brownish-Yellow or Gray-Blue) the secondary color will lower the diamond’s price in comparison to a single colored diamond.


Q: What are the rarest colors of FCD in order?

A: The rarest colors of diamonds, when they appear as solid (no secondary color) are: Red, Green, Blue, Purple, Orange, Pink and then Yellow.


Q: What do rough yellow diamonds look like, and are they cut differently than white ones?

A: The cut of a colored gemstone is important as it affects the hue and color of a diamond. The cut also enhances the color and makes it richer and darker thus increasing the value and grading of the diamond. Typical examples of shapes such as the square, radiant and cushion; correct cutting and polishing will intensify the magnificence of the color.