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For the most part diamonds are graded for their lack of colour, on a scale of Colourless to Light Yellow (D-Z). Fancy Coloured Diamonds, on the other hand, are incredibly rare diamonds which exhibit all colours of the spectrum, including yellow, blue, pink, green and red.

Fancy coloured diamonds

Fancy Coloured Diamonds are incredibly rare with only 1 in every 10,000 diamonds being graded as fancy. Almost 60% of all Fancy Coloured Diamonds are Yellow.

Diamonds graded based on their lack of colour, those in the D-Z range, will decrease in value as the colour becomes more obvious. The opposite happens with Fancy Coloured Diamonds, as the intensity and purity of the colour increases, the value and cost of the diamond will generally increase with that.

When choosing a Fancy Coloured Diamond the factors which are seen as most important with a colourless (D-Z) diamond actually become much less relevant. The Cut and Clarity of a Fancy Shape Diamond aren’t as important because the colour tends to mask imperfections in the diamond. While the diamond will still exhibit brilliance it is the colour which is the most important factor to consider when choosing your diamond.
The classifications of Fancy Coloured Diamonds are Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid/Fancy Deep/Fancy Dark.

Fancy coloured diamonds scale

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