Yellow diamond guide | Novel Collection

Yellow diamonds – widely referred to as canary diamonds – are well known in pop culture, and are steadily growing in popularity among the general public. In fact, yellow diamonds can be credited with sparking the entire Fancy diamond trend altogether.


First of all, how do yellow diamonds get their color?

Well, as is the case with all diamonds, the presence of additional elements adds color; with yellow shades being a result of the existence of Nitrogen molecules. Plus, most canaries are coming from South African mines, which usually provide diamond shades varying from light yellow to pastel, and including intense and vivid yellows as well – or close to gold.

With that said, it’s important to remember that not all yellow diamonds are considered Fancy. Within the normal (white) color range – that is, ranging from D-Z colors – the lower the diamond grade from D, the less-white it is, and therefore the diamond will have a secondary tone (yellow and brown in most cases). As logic would tell, the closer the diamond is to the end of the scale, the closer to looking yellow that diamond will appear.

And, in the grand scheme of things, this means that diamonds possessing P-Z colors will look a bit yellowish, but even so, will not be graded as fancy.

Only when the diamond’s color is lower than Z will it be considered as a Fancy color diamond. These Yellow FC diamonds, like all Fancy diamonds, are graded by nine different color ratings: Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense, Fancy Vivid, Fancy Dark, and Fancy Deep.


Where does this leave yellow diamonds when comparing colors and values?

Yellow diamonds have in many cases secondary color, mostly brown, orange, and even green in rare instances. Specifically, brown as a secondary color lowers the diamond’s value in comparison to a stone that possesses solely a yellow color. On the other hand, oranges and greens as secondary colors actually upgrade a diamond’s value due to the rarity of such hues.

Of course, diamond color means nothing if not presented properly. So, to enhance their overall aesthetics, yellow diamonds are usually set in yellow gold settings, providing an amazing appearance for those doing the wearing.

Fancy Yellow Diamonds Range – from left to right: Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense, Fancy Vivid and Fancy Deep.


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