Fancy colored diamonds
Fancy colored diamonds are, by nature, rare. Only one in 10,000 diamonds has a natural color. That is why buying a colored diamond has different criteria than buying a colorless diamond.
Thus, although quality criteria related to cut and clarity play their role, the most important selection criteria in the value of a diamond are mainly based on the choice of color, and its intensity. The more intense the color of a colored diamond is, the rarer and more valuable it would be, unlike with white diamonds, wherein the complete absence of color makes it so valuable.
All colored diamonds on the Woodeex platform are of natural color, without ever having been artificially modified by irradiation or technical treatment.
Color and intensity
Most natural-colored diamonds found are not of a single color.
Some diamonds usually have a combination of two main colors in the stone’s composition, sometimes even three or four colors:
- The main color of the diamond (for example, yellow)
- The secondary color of the diamond (for example, orange)
The intensity of the color is described as the strength of the color in the diamond. As a general rule, a colored diamond increases in value as the intensity of the color increases.
Just as there is a wide range of colors, so is there a wide range in the degrees of intensity. The GIA Gemological Laboratory has developed a grading scale to define the intensity level of the diamond. The seven main grading levels are: Very light, Light, Fancy, Intense, Vivid, Deep.
The origin of the diamond is also another factor which affects the intensity of the color. Different diamond mines produce different shades or tones of color. For example, a pink diamond found in South Africa is not comparable to a pink diamond found in the Argyle diamond mines in Australia.
What kind of setting should I choose for my diamond?
When choosing a setting for a colored diamond, it is best to choose a gold color that will enhance the natural color of your diamond. For example, yellow diamonds are often set in yellow gold, while pink diamonds look much better when set on pink gold.