Value for a fancy color diamond is directly related to how rich
and strong the hue is, as well as their cut, carat weight and
clarity. The cost of fancy colored diamonds is directly related
to their rarity, size and intensity of color, with less importance
being placed upon the clarity. Fancy colored diamonds may be
more expensive than the white diamonds, because they are more
"Fancy color" diamonds
may range from vibrant yellows (canary), browns (cognac), blues,
greens, oranges, violets, and pinks to the rare red diamond.
The colors are influenced by the presence of trace mineral elements
in the carbon structure of the diamond. Aluminum induces the
blue color, manganese attributes for the pink color and traces
of nitrogen account for yellow color.
The color grade for "fancy colored" diamonds is based
on the hue, tone and saturation of the diamond color. Color
gradations are: faint, very light, light, fancy, fancy dark,
fancy intense, fancy deep and fancy vivid in varying degrees
of saturation from lower to higher.
Colored Diamonds Unique Attributes
Scarcity - Natural colored diamonds are exceedingly rare. There
is about 1 colored diamond for every 10,000 colorless diamonds.
Distinction - Every fancy color diamond is unique and it is
unlikely you will ever see someone with your identical fancy
Demand - Interest in fancy colored diamonds has caused demand
to increase 1,000% in the last 10 years.