On the Color of Diamonds

The presence of color diamonds in auctions and in high end jewelry stores has increased the consciousness and the curiosity of consumers in natural color diamonds. 

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) developed a color grading system for all color diamonds. At the core of the basic color guide are four groups of fancy diamonds: yellow, blue, pink and brown. The diamonds are also graded by their intensity: faint, light, fancy, intense and vivid. Yellow diamonds (canary diamonds) are the most popular of the fancy stones. They are the most plentiful and extremely attractive. 

When in the market for such a diamond one should be cautious of the fact that these grades apply only to the degree of color present in a diamond, not attractiveness. Accordingly, prices and grades aren’t as neatly bound together as they are in colorless stones. For example, a vivid yellow diamond will cost $25,000.00-$40,000.00 per carat, depending on the tone. A pure yellow color will command a higher price whereas a hint of orange or brown in the stone will knock it down to the lower range. 

In my opinion it is imperative to purchase your fancy diamond with a GIA grading report. The GIA offers you reassurance that the color is natural. There is a vast collection of diamonds in today’s market which is treated. The color of these stones is achieved by irradiation color coating, heating, or laser beams. These diamonds have color but they are not nearly as gorgeous as the natural fancy. Therefore they are offered at a fraction of the cost of the natural stones. 

This holiday season CID will carry extraordinary natural color diamond jewelry. Please visit us to view the collection. The real “KNOCKER” however will always remain the 10 carat fancy vivid yellow – “PRICE ON REQUEST.”