The Rare and Beautiful Yellow Diamond
Yellow Diamonds (also known as Canary Yellow Diamonds and Canary Diamonds) are the most common form of Colored Diamonds. Within the range of rare colored diamonds (only 1 carat out of every 10,000 carats mined is a natural fancy color diamond), the yellow diamond has gained tremendous popularity because of its beautiful shine and its relatively affordable prices.
Yellow diamonds are originated all over the world. Nevertheless, the intense yellow diamonds come mostly from South Africa.
Yellow diamonds come in all shapes (round, oval, cushion cut, asscher cut, princess cut, etc.) and sizes and in various color intensities. The Intensities go from light yellow to fancy light yellow diamond and to the fancy yellow diamonds and all the way to the beautiful, rare and expensive intense yellow diamond and vivid yellow diamond.
Yellow diamonds, like all natural colored diamonds, are quite rare. On top of that, yellow diamonds are often found with high clarity grading. Both facts have obvious impact on their pricing. With that in mind, the nice thing about natural Yellow Diamonds is that they are considered relatively affordable when examining the niche of natural colored diamonds.
A 1 carat radiant fancy yellow diamond with vs2 clarity costs approx. $5,000 while a similar 1 carat diamond with SI1 clarity can cost less than $4,500. If you choose to go for stronger color - meaning intense yellow the prices for such diamonds would be 30%-50% higher and if you go for vivid then the prices can easily be even 100% higher!
Please note that these are general numbers and at the end, each and every diamond is graded and evaluated based on many parameters - many more than the well known diamonds 4Cs.
Due to their the growing popularity of yellow diamonds, more and more brides to be are changing their preference from the classic diamond engagement ring to yellow diamond engagement rings - adding a little touch of NOW to the classics…
The price for yellow diamonds rings when buying from the manufacturer should be comprised mainly with the price of the yellow diamond and an additional $500-$1000 for a basic solitaire ring.
Due to the financial crisis of 2008 when the markets collapsed people started investing in gold and lately we encounter more and more people who wish to invest in diamonds. When you think about it, it actually makes lots of sense. Unlike with gold, you can use your diamonds and enjoy them. It is nice to know that the yellow diamond engagement ring you bought your wife has a good potential for a price increase over the years. It is something that can be passed to the children. The color of yellow diamonds doesn't fade over time and they do not require special attention of any sort. But the question comes which yellow diamonds will be worth buying as an investment…?
Yellow diamonds are relatively more common in the niche of colored diamonds. This is why we recommend buying something which is a bit more unique. Fancy Intense Yellow Diamonds and Fancy vivid Yellow diamonds seem to be a good choice. From our experience, diamond investors and diamond collectors usually go for intense yellow diamonds.