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Fancy Color Diamonds Education Center

Fancy colored diamonds are extremely rare stones. Approximately one out of every 10,000 naturally produced diamonds are considered “fancy colored.” The term “fancy” was coined by the Gemological Institute of America to distinguish between natural-color polished diamonds which display color and white diamonds.Fancy color diamonds increase in value the more saturated they are with color. Whereas white diamonds are graded using D-Z scale, fancy colored diamonds are graded based on the degree to which the diamonds are saturated with color.In the 1970s, the GIA developed a grading scale for fancy color diamonds. Fancy color diamonds not referred to by letters but by the degree of saturation present in the stone. The color saturation is graded as follows: faint, very light, light, fancy light, fancy, fancy dark, fancy intense, fancy deep or fancy vivid.Fancy color diamonds come in a wide array of colors, including yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, orange diamonds, blue diamonds, pink diamonds, red diamonds, black diamonds, and purple diamonds, among others.

Fancy Yellow (Canary) Diamonds

Fancy Yellow (Canary) Diamonds

Yellow diamonds (also known as canary diamonds) are the most well-known of all fancy diamonds. Although many white diamonds appear yellow and are listed on the far end (Y-Z) of the standard diamond color scale, they are not considered fancy yellow diamonds.

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Fancy Pink Diamonds

Fancy Pink Diamonds

Pink diamonds are some of the most alluring fancy diamonds on the market. Due to their extreme rarity, pink diamonds are some of the most valuable stones that you can buy. Pink diamonds can contain any of the following hues: very light pink, light pink, fancy light pink, fancy pink, fancy intense pink, fancy vivid pink, fancy deep pink.

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Fancy Green Diamonds

Fancy Green Diamonds

Fancy green diamonds are the second rarest fancy color diamonds, after red diamonds. Since green is a mixture of blue and yellow, green colored diamonds commonly range from blue-green to yellow-green. Some fancy green diamonds can also display hints of grey or brown as well.

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Fancy Blue Diamonds

Fancy Blue Diamonds

Fancy blue diamonds are among some of the rarest colored diamonds and therefore most valuable. The diamonds range in color from light blue to dark blue. The color breakdown for blue diamonds is as follows: faint blue, very light blue, light blue, fancy light blue, fancy blue, fancy intense blue, fancy dark blue, fancy deep blue and fancy vivid blue.

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Fancy Orange Diamonds

Fancy Orange Diamonds

Orange diamonds often contain brown, yellow or pink overtones and hues. Fancy orange diamonds typically come from the Argyle mine in Australia, or from South Africa. Orange diamonds are mostly graded as fancy orange, fancy intense orange, fancy vivid orange, fancy deep orange and fancy dark orange.

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Fancy Brown Diamonds

Fancy Brown Diamonds

Fancy brown diamonds are also known as chocolate diamonds, and receive their color from a change in the diamond’s molecular structure. Light brown diamonds are known as champagne diamonds and brown diamonds that contain hues of orange are known as cognac diamonds.

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