Why are some diamonds yellow?
The first image that comes to mind when we think of diamonds is a stone that is white and sparkling. This should not be surprising; not only are these the most common type of diamond used in jewelry, this is also the sign of a chemically and structurally pure diamond. However, things are sometimes made even more beautiful by their flaws. The inclusion of other minerals such as nitrogen in the structure of the diamond can lead to diamonds that are green, blue, yellow, or red.
Famous fancy yellow diamonds
There have been several fancy yellow diamonds of great size, color, and cut. One of these is the 128.54 carat Tiffany Yellow Diamond, discovered in South Africa in 1878. Another fancy yellow diamond with an interesting past is the 43.51 carat Golden Eye Diamond. This diamond was believed to have been discovered in South Africa, but its origins are unclear. In 2007 the diamond was seized by the US government as a result of the money laundering charges brought against the diamond’s owner.
How do I pawn or sell my fancy yellow diamonds?
We would recommend seeking expert advice when considering to sell or take loans on fancy yellow diamonds. Though ordinary white diamonds are graded on the basis of cut, color, carat and clarity, this is not the case with colored diamonds.
White diamonds are graded on their color on a scale from A-Z, with A being the whitest. Diamonds with a color more intense than Z are what are known as “fancy colored diamonds.” Whereas white diamonds are more valuable if they are closer to A, with fancy colored diamonds, the more intense the color, the better. The weight of the stone and the quality of the cut can make a difference in the value of the diamond. However, unlike with white diamonds, inconsistencies in the color of the diamonds or unusually colored inclusion in the stone can often be regarded as an asset.