How to Buy a Fancy Colored Diamond
When buying fancy colored diamonds online, it’s crucial to be able to see an actual photo of them, rather than just their specs. A grading certificate will list the color, but yellow diamonds, for instance, come in many different shades, with vivid canary yellow being the most sought after and valuable. Purity of color is important–yellow diamonds with hints of brown, orange, or green, are much less desirable. Second most important is the saturation of color. Fancy colored diamonds are graded as either fancy light, fancy, fancy intense, or fancy vivid, with fancy light being the faintest in color and fancy vivid being the brightest in color. The more saturated the color of fancy colored diamonds, the more desirable, rare and valuable. But, it is also true that fancy and fancy intense colored diamonds can be very beautiful, and some people prefer to wear colored diamonds in a more demure, pastel shade. No matter what color grade you choose, make sure the color saturation is even throughout the diamond. Prices for fancy yellow diamond will be somewhat higher than colorless diamonds depending on their color saturation, but they are way less expensive than fancy color blue or pink diamonds.
The other three C’s for diamond buying–cut, clarity, and carat (weight)–apply in exactly the same way to fancy colored diamonds as they do to colorless diamonds. If you haven’t yet read my article about them, you can read it here.
I recommend buying colored diamonds online through James Allen as they have the largest selection, and most importantly, high definition 360 degree images of all of them. I’ve searched through their current selection and picked six of the best yellow diamonds in the one carat size range–in a range of prices for every budget.
Budget Yellow Diamond Picks
This pear-shaped yellow diamond is such a beautiful shade of light canary yellow and has perfect proportions. It’s a great price for a VVS2 yellow diamond just a little under a carat.
This oval-cut diamond yellow diamond has a shade and saturation similar to the pear shape above. It’s a great price for a one carat fancy yellow diamond as it’s only graded SI1, but its only visible inclusion is a barely noticeable feather, and it has no visible carbon spots which are much more distracting.
Mid-Range Yellow Diamond Picks
While this emerald-cut yellow diamond is graded SI1, it is amazingly clear. The only visible inclusion, is along the bottom, right edge in the below photo. It could easily be mostly covered by a bezel setting.
This VS2 yellow radiant-cut diamond is the perfect shade of yellow, intense in color, and “eye-clean.” A truly gorgeous stone.
High-End Yellow Diamond Picks
This modified-cushion cut diamond is just a hair on the orange side. But, it’s one of the best cut cushion-cuts I’ve ever seen, with amazing brilliance, nice saturation of color and completely “eye-clean.” (Cushion cuts are notorious for being poorly cut and lacking brilliance.) Cushion-cuts are a good choice for those who like the antique look as they are an old cut, and lend themselves well to vintage or antique style settings.
Absolutely stunning, this fancy intense VVS2 yellow diamond is cut in an almost square emerald shape, giving it almost the look of an Asscher cut. Like the cushion-cut diamond above, this would be a good choice for a vintage setting, especially one art-deco in style.
Not what you are looking for? Contact me with your budget and desired stone specs and I’ll find you the perfect stone.