Yellow and Orange Diamonds
Everyone knows that a natural fancy color diamond is extremely rare, but do you know how rare it is?
For diamond mining, over 250 tons of rock needs to be blasted, crushed, processed and x-rayed to yield just a 1-carat diamond. More than 120 million carats are mined every year and less than a quarter of them will end up in jewelry based on their gem quality. Out of that amount, only one in a few hundreds of thousands possesses enough color to be classified as a “natural fancy color diamond”.
The positioning of fancy yellows is unique — they are the most popular natural fancy color diamonds while relatively speaking of course, they are the most common ones,. It is estimated that around 60% of all natural colored diamonds belong to the fancy yellow category. As a “common” color diamond and a “rare” gem, many customers regard yellow diamonds as their favorite stones. Let’s explore into these irresistible diamonds.
A diamond’s yellow color is the result of nitrogen molecules absorbing blue light, making the diamond appear yellow, yellow being the complement of the color blue. The higher concentration of the gas present in the formation period of the gemstone, the more saturated the yellow coloring. The stronger the color of a fancy color diamond is, the more valuable it is.
II. Major Origins
South Africa and Australia are renowned for producing natural fancy color diamonds. South Africa has seen the most notable production of large and intense yellow diamonds.
Natural fancy yellows are popular diamonds that are frequently worn by celebrities and featured in magazines. Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett wore a pair of earrings, each with a 3-carat yellow diamond, in Oscars 2011.She also wore a magnificent Tiffany yellow diamond necklace. These extravagant items captured the media’s attention easily. A pair of earrings studded with natural fancy color diamonds is always precious, because it is not easy to find a matching set due to the rarity of these stones. Celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, Mary Hart and Kathy Griffin are also in love with these exquisite stones and have shown up at various events with stunning yellow diamond jewellery.
Famous jewellery with yellows
When it comes to jewellery with natural fancy yellow diamonds, jewel fans may probably think of the Tiffany Diamond ― one of the largest fancy yellow diamonds ever discovered. As a rough It weighed 287.42 carats and it was cut into a cushion-shaped 128.54-carat stone. This diamond is known to have been worn by only two women a of now: Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball held in Newport, Rhode Island, mounted for the occasion in a necklace of white diamonds; and it was subsequently worn by Audrey Hepburn in publicity photos for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
V. Nickname for Yellow Diamonds
Sometimes you may see “Canary diamonds” on jewellery-related articles and you may wonder what they are. Actually, canary diamonds are not little-yellow-bird-shaped gemstones. For diamond collectors, the term “Canary diamonds” usually refers to fancy vivid or intense yellow diamonds.
Natural fancy orange diamonds are somewhat of an anomaly. Being the ultimate possession for diamond lovers, it is extremely rare to find a pure orange diamond. To be classified as a “fancy color orange diamond”, there must be a complete absence of brown in the gemstone. Although the orange hue is not as rare in nature as some other hues, the GIA rarely grades an orange diamond as “pure” orange. As a result, orange stones that receive this grade are even rarer than the natural fancy red diamonds. However, why the market value of oranges is not as high as that of reds or blues even though the orange gemstones are rarer? From the position of the connoisseur, the only thing holding back the price of natural fancy orange diamonds is that orange is not a primary color.
Due to the rarity of orange diamonds, the gemological knowledge about the jewels is limited. What is known is that most diamonds in the orange color range are considered dark in tone and weak to moderate in saturation. As the color orange is a mixture of the primary colors red and yellow, natural fancy orange diamonds range from brown-orange to yellow orange, with most stones having brown or brownish color appearance to the naked eye.
Natural fancy orange diamonds are very appealing to celebrities. Famous actress Halle Berry wore a ring from high-profile jeweler, Harry Winston which adorned “The Pumpkin Diamond”, one of the largest natural fancy vivid orange diamonds in the world, to the 2002 Oscars where she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. This year, actress Kelly MacDonald , nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Boardwalk Empire , attended the 2011 Golden Globe Awards with a pair of sparkling earrings encrusted with two oval orange diamonds. Hollywood’s A-list actresses are definitely in love with orange gemstones, because we guess that those jewels make them feel as unique as those stones.
Rachminov Diamonds 1891; All Rights Reserved.
Rachminov Diamonds 1891; All Rights Reserved.
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