Yellow Diamonds

Yellow diamonds are natural diamonds with a yellow tone or chemically treated diamonds that were synthesized to achieve the yellow tone. Natural yellow diamonds are not very common. They are the result of nitrogen differences occurring during the formation of the diamond. So, most have the yellow diamonds and yellow diamond jewelry that you find will be chemically treated.

Natural Yellow Diamonds
The most valuable diamonds are those that are flawlessly clear, with no imperfections at all. Natural yellow diamonds will not be clear. Instead, they will most likely have a faded yellow tone to them. This does not make them valuable at all. The only way a natural yellow diamond would be very valuable was if the yellow tone was very distinctive.

Natural yellow diamonds are often categorized as fancy diamonds. In this category includes many highly recognized and desired diamonds. One example of this would be the “Hope Diamond”. The way that a fancy diamond is graded for quality and it’s value is different than the method used with standard diamonds. Take a look below to get an idea on how the grading system for yellow diamonds works.

How Are Yellow Diamonds Graded?
The individual that is assessing the stone for expert grading will be looking at two main factors of the stone quality – the hues and intensity of the stone. Usually it is only necessary for the basic hue (main color) of the stone to be identified. The intensity can range anywhere from “fancy faint” to “fancy vivid”. Fancy faint would refer to a very dull and unappealing stone intensity that has little value at all. Fancy vivid would refer to a very intense and detailed stone that is high quality and very valuable.

Following these measures, there will be a need to do two things. First, there must be an examination of the yellow diamond done to attempt to identify inclusions. This is not very common, and spotting them is more difficult with a yellow diamond. After this, you will have to get the yellow diamond cut so the color tone can be more prominently displayed on the stone.

Chemically Treated Yellow Diamonds
It is difficult to find natural yellow diamonds. It is even more difficult to find nearly perfect natural yellow diamonds. This is the reason for many companies getting chemically treated yellow diamonds. The result of this will be a seemingly similar appearance to natural yellow diamonds but with a more prominent basic color hue and intensity.

Heat and irradiation is done to chemically treat diamonds. The result of this will be an enhancement or donation of a certain color to the diamond stone. It is thought that when diamonds are treated with heat, the results will last forever and no fading will occur. A second exposing of the diamond to severe radiation could cause it to fade though. Most jewelry pieces with yellow diamonds will have “enchanted” yellow diamonds. These are more affordable, visually appealing, and larger in size, but they are not really the same as the natural yellow diamonds.

It is very difficult to find natural yellow diamonds, and jewelry that contains them. Most jewelry pieces with natural yellow diamonds will have smaller stones. This makes it even harder to examine and identify if the stone is actually a real yellow diamond. You can send the diamond to get certified but this can be a hassle. Unless you are dealing with a trusted jewelry store, then you may want to be very cautious when looking for natural yellow diamond stones or jewelry.

If you want, you could invest in enchanted yellow diamond stones or jewelry. The appearance of these stones is very appealing but many people do not like the fact that it is not the same as real diamond. It may come across as a cheap imitation. Unless you are happy with the visual appeal of this type of diamond, it may be better to stay away from them. This is definitely not a common choice for a stone in an engagement ring either, as many individuals prefer the more distinctly valuable clear diamond stones in their rings.

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