Who doesn’t know and love diamonds? Not many. That’s why it’s hard not to fall in love with natural color diamonds. While these unusual stones appear in every color of the rainbow, there are certain colors that are seen more than others at diamond dealers, jewelry stores, and in catalogues.
There are many factors that determine the worth of a diamond including carat weight, cut, clarity, and color. However, when it comes to color diamonds, it is rather understandable that color is the most important factor. It’s not just which color the diamond possesses, but rather, what shade it is.
Colors come in many different shades, from extremely intense to quite pale. When talking about diamonds, we refer to the level at which a color can be seen as the color intensity level. This is a combination of saturation and tone.
While this may sound confusing, it’s actually fairly simple. We come across different shades of yellow every day! For example, pineapples, bananas, sunflowers, lemons, corn, and yes, even baby chicks. These natural findings can present very different shades of yellow, and it’s no different with diamonds. Some are very light yellow, and some are quite vivid. Yellow appears in many shades as we can see from the world in which we live.
The primary color intensity levels for yellow diamonds are Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense, and Fancy Vivid. But what does all of this actually mean? Well, since a diamond’s color intensity level is its most important determining factor, it plays a huge part in its value.
In order to truly understand the significance of color intensity levels, it would be best to see these different stones side by side. When a Fancy Light yellow diamond is placed beside Fancy, Fancy Intense, and Fancy Vivid yellow diamonds, the difference in color is quite apparent. What is less obvious is the difference in price.
Assuming all stones are equal in all other departments including shape, cut, clarity, and carat size; they will be priced quite differently based on their color intensity levels alone.
For example, the same stone, color intensity level aside; can cost $4,000, $6,000, $8,000, or $15,000 depending on its level of color intensity.
Although one can become better informed by becoming educated through articles and videos, it is always best to consult with a professional before purchasing one of these stunning natural gemstones.