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The Difference Between Yellow Diamonds And Canary Diamonds

Author : JackJ Reynolds

Although much rarer than white diamonds, the yellow diamond is fairly common among fancy colored diamonds. It is a common misconception that yellow diamonds are less valuable than clear diamonds. However, Intense and vivid yellow diamonds can be worth a great deal of money although very light or slightly yellow diamonds are fairly standard and are worth much less.

The pure yellow stones are worth much more than yellow diamonds with secondary brown hues, however, if the diamond has secondary colors of green-yellow or orange yellow, this might raise the price of the stone quite considerably. This is because these diamonds harder to come by than yellow diamonds.

Fancy color yellow diamonds are rated on the strength and intensity of color. The highest-quality grade is the Vivid Yellow, followed by the Intense Yellow diamond. The lowest quality of natural yellow diamond is the Light Yellow diamond, followed by the Fancy Yellow. A number of tones of Vivid Yellow diamonds as well as the more rare Intense Yellow diamonds are called Canary Diamonds. Canary yellow diamonds are the most rare amongst yellow diamonds and as a result they cost much more and are desirable by both collectors and sophisticated customers. The canary diamond has a very unique tone of yellow, even if you have never seen a Canary Yellow, once you see it, you will realize that it is a Canary Diamond.

Yellow diamonds look remarkable when they are combined with white diamonds and usually yellow diamonds are set in yellow gold. A 3-stone ring should include white stones and the yellow stone should be set in the center. A beautiful setting is a fancy yellow diamond with trapeze, triangle or oval white diamonds..

Like in other fancy color diamonds the coloration remains the main criterion that influences the value of the diamond, after this comes the size and clarity of the diamond. Clarity is also crucial in evaluation of yellow stones, though much less than in traditional white diamonds.

The ideal cut for fancy colored diamonds is the Radiant cut. This is the ideal shape so that it is possible to maximize the color. Yellow diamonds, however, can also be found in Oval Cut an Cushion cut and in Heart and Pear shapes. The rarest are the Emerald, Square Emerald and the Brilliant cuts (round shape). The price of these shapes are considerably higher for all fancy diamonds and not merely for yellow diamonds.

The cut quality of a colored diamond is very different to the traditional diamond. The objective when cutting a color diamond is to emphasize the depth and saturation of color while, at the same time, managing to strike a balance between carat weight and brilliance. It is vital that the stone is purchased with a grading report from a respected diamond laboratory such as GIA, HRD, IGI or EGL. This report needs to state that the diamond color is "Natural". The report should also state the intensity of color, plus the color distribution throughout the diamond.

The Octahedron is the largest naturally formed octahedral diamond in the world at 616 carats and is a Canary Diamond. This natural stone was discovered in 1964 in the Dutoitspan mine, located in the Kimberley region of South Africa. The Kimberley Octahedron remains uncut, so the color and distribution grades cannot be given to this diamond. The owners of the mine prefer to conserve the stone in the condition that it was found. The Kimberley Octahedron can be viewed at the Kimberely Big Hole mine.

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