The Sheer Brilliance of the Yellow Diamond

When you’re looking for a gift for that special someone in your life, you may think that jewelry is the best option. If you want to make a truly romantic statement, you should start by looking at diamonds. To make things more interesting, try going with a colored variety like yellow. This adds a bit more interest and a lovely sun-like “pop” of color to any piece. Listed below are some of the important factors that you should consider before choosing a yellow diamond.

First, you should learn about what these diamonds are. They are a type of fancy diamond and the most common and sought after of the colored diamond varieties. They are diamonds with yellow hues. If they occur naturally, they have been caused by nitrogen impurities in their formation. If they are not naturally created, then they are lab-created or synthetic. They have various colors and intensities, some of the most common being Canary and Sunlight, among many others. These gems are no different chemically than their natural counterparts. They’re used in various manufacturing processes and fancy jewelry pieces. The largest known example is the Tiffany Yellow Diamond that was discovered in 1878 in South Africa that weighed 287.42 carats and had 90 facets.

These diamonds are graded differently than colorless or white diamonds are. They still use the “4 C’s of diamonds,” which are cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. Unlike a colorless diamond, they’re graded harder for color. The grading relies on a couple factors: basic hue and intensity. Clarity is still important, but not as much as the colorless variety since the inclusions in fancy diamonds tend to be hardly visible. Many of these inclusions are actually crystals, but to untrained eyes, they just make the diamonds appear more brilliant. The more intense the hue is, the more the diamond costs. The Gemologist Institute of America or “GIA” has nine saturation categories that are used to judge colored diamonds. These are Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy, Fancy Dark, Fancy Intense, Fancy Deep, and Fancy Vivid. Those are in order from the cheapest to the most expensive. The value is also determined by any presence of a secondary tone and whether or not that complements or detracts from the natural hue of the diamond.

These diamonds require careful consideration before being cut and set into jewelry. The cutter must consider their hue and inclusions to achieve maximum brilliance. The most popular cuts for these gems are round, brilliant, princess, and oval, while fancy cuts like princess, Asschers, etc. are also becoming popular. Setting them in yellow metals makes their yellow hues more intense, while using white meals make them appear paler. Many colored diamond purchases include “diamond origin reports” from international gem labs like EGL, GIA, IGL, etc. These reports ensure that you’re getting naturally occurring colored gems instead of lab-created ones, if that is important to you. Since these gems are mined in Africa, make sure to check the sources of your jeweler to avoid blood and conflict diamonds.

As you can see, a yellow diamond is a great addition to any special jewelry for a loved one. They can be natural or lab-created, they can be more brilliant than colorless diamonds, and they can be found in various hues, prices, cuts, and settings for any tastes, budgets, or jewelry.

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