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5 Beautiful Diamond Color Choices

Jan 8, 2016

There really is nothing quite like a diamond when it comes to elegance and beauty. When people talk about diamonds, most picture big sparkly diamonds, like the ones you see on many engagement rings.

The truth is, diamonds actually come in almost every color. In fact, people often mistake brightly colored diamonds for other gemstones, like sapphires or rubies.

beautiful diamond color choices

In today’s post, you’ll learn about a few of the most beautiful diamond color choices available. And if you’re looking to sell a diamond of any color, keep reading. We’ll cover that at the end too.

Why Are There Different Diamond Colors?

Diamonds come in a range of brilliant colors, from midnight blue to bright red.

So what gives a diamond its color. How can some diamonds be perfectly colorless, while others are bright orange?

Believe it or not, diamonds get their color from the chemical makeup of nearby rocks and soil. A regular colorless diamond is formed by the bonding of billions of carbon atoms. When other chemicals enter the mix, you get a colored diamond. Sometimes nearby radiation or changes in the diamond’s structure can also create color. So those beautiful shades of color you see are actually the result of tiny chemical impurities!

Our Favorite Diamond Colors

Now that you know how diamonds get their color, let’s look at a few of the most beautiful diamond color choices.

As diamond buyers, we love looking at diamonds of all sizes, shapes, cuts, and colors, but there’s no denying that some styles are more stunning than others.

1. White Diamonds

white diamond ringNo list would be complete without the classic white diamond. Elegant and timeless, you can’t go wrong with a well-cut white diamond.

They aren’t all the same, though. White diamonds might look nearly identical to the naked eye, but experts know how to place them on a scale from “colorless” to “light color.” This handy chart shows the range.

Generally, the closer to colorless a white diamond is, the more valuable it is.

Brightly colored — a.k.a “fancy” diamonds, like the rest of the diamonds on this list — don’t use the same scale. They’re valued by the brilliance of their color.

2. Yellow Diamonds

yellow fancy diamondYellow diamonds are one of the most common diamond colors out there, because the yellow color is caused by nitrogen.

Nitrogen is structurally similar to carbon, so this process happens fairly often.

Yellow diamonds exist in a wide range of shades, from pale to dark. It’s rare to find a really bright, vivid yellow diamond, so those tend to be more valuable.

Bright canary yellow diamonds are in demand all around the world for their bright, cheerful hue.

The brightest yellow diamonds come mostly from South Africa.

3. Red Diamonds

red diamondRed and pink diamonds are technically the most rare and expensive of all brightly colored diamonds.

Most experts believe these diamonds get their color from changes in the diamond’s atomic structure as it moves toward the surface.

Red and pink diamonds are graded according to the vibrancy and intensity of their color. The brighter the color, the more valuable the diamond. That’s why red diamonds are typically worth more than pink ones.

Red and pink diamonds only occur naturally in a few parts of the world, including Australia, Africa, and Brazil.

That’s why they’re so rare and so sought after. Did you know that there are only about 20 to 30 true natural red diamonds in existence?

4. Green Diamonds

fancy green diamondThat’s right, emeralds aren’t the only green gemstones. Diamonds can be brilliant shades of green too!

Green diamonds are also incredibly rare — so rare that they don’t occur often in nature. They’re so rare that most experts will examine them meticulously to make sure they’re genuine green diamonds from the earth, and not fake ones fabricated in a lab.

Most green diamonds get their color from natural radiation in the rocks around it. Usually, only the outside or surface area of the diamond is green. The color rarely penetrates to the center. That means you risk losing the color when you get a green diamond polished. Green diamonds should never be polished by anything less than a seasoned expert.

5. Champagne Diamonds

champagne diamond“Champagne,” “cognac,” and “chocolate” are fancy words for describing diamonds with brown hues.

The brown color is usually the result of structural imperfections in the diamond, but nitrogen can also make a diamond look brownish or champagne colored.

Where do champagne diamond come from? Most of them come from mines in Africa, Australia, and Siberia.

Brown diamonds are the most common fancy diamonds, and thus one of the least expensive. On the other hand, if you have a dark-to-medium brown diamond, or one with warm red or gold undertones, it might be worth a lot!

Other Diamond Colors

White, red, green, champagne, black, and yellow are a few of the most beautiful diamond color choices, but diamonds also come in colors like orange, blue, purple, and gray.

If you’re thinking of buying a diamond or diamond jewelry consider every option. Our advice? Don’t worry too much about a diamond’s rarity. Focus instead on the clarity, cut, and overall quality of the diamond. Those are the elements that make a diamond truly beautiful.

Interested in Selling a Diamond?

If you have a white or colored diamond to sell, you might be wondering how much it’s worth and when you should sell it.

As certified gemologists in the diamond business for years, we’ve seen diamonds of all shapes, sizes, and colors. We’d love to meet with you, evaluate your diamond, and make you a fair offer.

If you’re not sure you’re ready to part with your diamond just yet, no problem. We’ll never pressure you to sell.

Give us a call today to set up an appointment at our private, secure office.


Photos: Jørgen Håland, Fancy Diamonds, Fancy Diamonds, Cliff, Maria Panayiotou, Fancy Diamonds, Fancy Diamonds, Fancy Diamonds

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