Your Are My Sunshine: Buying Yellow Round Diamonds
By Ashley Bailey , Friday, December 03, 2010
Fancy yellow diamonds are not, of course, simply white diamonds that fall low on the D-Z color scale. A canary yellow fancy diamond is an entirely different kind of round diamond—and is priced and ranked accordingly. Because they are relatively common compared to other fancy diamond colors, yellow diamonds can be relatively affordable, but they still provide an unusual twist on the classic colorless round diamond.
Celebrities from Rebecca Romijn to supermodel Heidi Klum have shown off their fancy yellow diamond engagement rings, and demand is rising for custom jewelry featuring the sunny beauty of these stones.
Just like colorless round diamonds, yellow diamonds are ranked based on the intensity and saturation of their yellow color—from Light Yellow all the way to Vivid Yellow. Of course, the deeper the tone is, the more expensive and desirable the diamond will be, although Light Yellow round diamonds can make beautiful engagement rings and other kinds of jewelry.
Additionally, Light Yellow diamonds are not significantly more expensive than comparable colorless stones, making them a great choice for someone who wants colorful impact without the price tag of a pink or blue diamond. However, for a Vivid Yellow round diamond with a beautifully saturated canary-yellow tone, expect to pay as much as you would for a D color round diamond.
Saturation is not the only factor to take into consideration when choosing a fancy yellow round diamond. In addition to pure yellow stones, you can find hues with hints of brown, green and orange. The choice between these hues is a purely personal one, but make sure you know exactly what you’re getting before you have the ring set!
One great way to amp up the color of a fancy yellow round diamond is to have it set in bright yellow gold. Heidi Klum wears her spectacular canary yellow 10-carat diamond in a gorgeous yellow gold setting; the overall effect is as beautiful as the supermodel herself. A yellow gold setting brings out the color of a light yellow stone and creates a unified look with a deeper tone. A yellow gold basket can even add depth to a yellow round diamond set in a white gold or platinum setting.
For those looking for the richness and beauty of a yellow round diamond at a more affordable price point, yellow sapphires can be a great alternative. Yellow sapphire rings are a beautiful gift for anytime, not only for a proposal!
Yellow round diamonds can also make beautiful accent stones in more elaborate rings, as well as the focal point in other kinds of diamond jewelry.
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