When you think of color in gemstones, you probably think of classics like sapphires or rubies. But natural colored diamonds are an increasingly popular way to bring some unexpected hues into your jewelry box.
Diamonds can come in a range of eye-catching hues, from yellow to brown, pink and blue. When viewed in the face-up position, they show off their natural color, with intensity classified from “very light” to “vivid.”
White, or colorless diamonds, are composed entirely of carbon with a crystalline structure. But there are a number of so-called “defects” that can form during crystal growth that cause a diamond to be colored. Rather than becoming cast-offs, these colored diamonds command some of the highest praise and prices due to their scarcity.
What to Look for in Colored Diamonds
When you’re selecting a colored diamond, clarity is not as important as it is with white diamonds, because inclusions are less discernible due to the color. Look for a diamond that is rich in color, with color consistency and depth throughout. Only one in 10,000 diamonds is colored, and those with the deepest, most vivid colors are considered more valuable.
When it comes to cut, shape, and setting, a diamond’s color is key. While white diamonds are cut to bring out brilliance, colored diamonds are cut to showcase their color.