Yellow diamonds

Basic facts about yellow colored diamonds

All fancy colored diamonds are quite rare. Only 1 in 10.000 diamonds will be natural fancy colored. But inside this niche the yellow colored diamonds are the most commonly found and they usually also have the better clarity grades.
A large proportion of them are found in South Africa, but they also occur in other countries such as Angola, Borneo, Congo and Brazil and Sierra Leone. One of the most special yellows with a very high color saturation is called Zimmi. This is actually named after the mine from where it is found in Sierra Leone.

Yellow diamonds attribute their color to the fact that nitrogen atoms have assembled themselves in the lattice in such a way that they absorb the blue light and hence the stone’s yellow color.

Yellow diamonds as an investment

Investing in colored diamonds is a smart idea if you are looking for a long term luxury investment. Within the diamond market, the natural fancy colored diamonds are always increasing in value due to their extremely limited availability.
When buying yellow colored diamonds, the best investments would be the stronger colors like vivid or intense.

Every stone has it’s own unique beauty which you will enjoy as a jewel forever, whereas it’s value will only increase.

Famous yellow diamonds

The biggest rough yellow diamond ever found is called ‘The Incomparable’. It is a brownish yellow diamond and weighed 890 carats when it was found by a little girl that was going through the wastes of the Miba diamond mine in Mbudji Mayi, Zaïre. After cutting it became the third largest cut diamond in the world, weighing 407,78 carats and graded Fancy Deep Brownish Yellow Diamond, Internally Flawless.

Another truely remarkable yellow diamond is called the Tiffany Yellow, which was found in 1877 at the De Beers Mine. In the rough it was a canary-yellow octahedron , weighing 287,42 carats

The most famous yellow diamond engagement ring is the one Paris Hilton received from billionaire Paris Lastis, but also Whoopy Goldberg got noticed, wearing an 80 carats yellow diamond pendant. Many other celebrities followed too, most notably Dennis Quaid’s girlfriend, Kimberly Buffington, supermodel Heidi Klum, cover girl Varonica Varekova, hockey player Petr Nedved, producer Rodney Jenkins, and singer Joy Enriquez.  Celebrities may be adopting yellow diamonds as the newest hot diamond trend due to their extreme rarity.

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Heart 6.03 VS2

fancy light brownish yellow

5191704867

PP14-41

radiant 5.38 SI2

fancy light yellow

2165772061

164

Heart 5.30 SI2

fancy yellow

2155712212

PP14-16

pear 3.02 color only

fancy intense yellow

2165155428

PP17-3

Emerald Cut 3.01 SI1

fancy vivid orangy yellow

1182027992

PRC19-1

Cushion 2.79 VS1

fancy vivid yellow

2201061914

P16-A4

pear 2.52 VVS2

fancy yellow

6177559243

PP14-22

radiant 2.43 VS2

fancy yellow

1162339483

PP13-32

cushion 2.06 VS1

fancy yellow

1156660793

151

Cut-Cornered Square 2.01 SI2

fancy vivid yellow

1162357763

484

Cut-Cornered Rectangular 2.00 VS1

fancy yellow

5206339418

HK17-U-3

Cushion 2.00 SI1

fancy light yellow

1279416428

211

Round 1.88 VS2

fancy vivid yellow

2165643814

HK17-T-1

Cushion 1.53 VVS2

fancy deep brownish yellow

2185869329

P13-G-1-A

radiant 1.52 VS1

fancy vivid yellow

2155642945

RHK16-2

pear 1.43 VVS2

fancy brownish yellow

7222829909

190

Round 1.37 VVS1

fancy light yellow

7208545405

461

Cushion 1.26 SI1

fancy intense yellow

6212644329

508

Marquise 1.17 IF

fancy yellow

2155566817

IMP19-1

marquise 1.17 color only

fancy vivid orangy yellow

2201491943

IMP19-1B

pear 1.15 color only

fancy vivid orangy yellow

6204491941

224

Round 1.06 I2

fancy yellow

6212331141

381

Round 1.02 VS2

fancy intense yellow

1162032277

HK16-J-25

cushion 1.01 VS1

fancy deep brownish orange yellow

6221415480

276

Round 1.00 I1

fancy deep yellow

6202513150

470

Round 1.00 SI1

fancy deep yellow

6205717063

P11-H-29

cushion 0.95 VS1

fancy light yellow

5131866393

HK15-G-05

cushion 0.93 VS1

fancy yellow

7201873693

B10-1-14

cushion 0.92 VS1

fancy yellow

5121116975

BD14-5

cushion 0.91 VVS1

fancy yellow

5161113739

HK15-G-13

cushion 0.90 VS2

fancy light yellow

6205873745

BD14-8

cushion 0.90 VS1

fancy yellow

5161114053

462

Cushion 0.90 SI2

fancy yellow

6205717698

142

Heart 0.82 VS2

fancy yellow

5213387357

HK15-G-23

cushion 0.80 SI1

fancy yellow

2207961445

HK15-A-12A

cushion 0.80 SI1

fancy yellow

3195886257

PY12-37

marquise 0.79 I1

natural W to X range yellow

7131643847

PY12-7

oval 0.78 SI2

fancy yellow

7131638825

PY12-74

radiant 0.76 VS2

natural W to X range yellow

6135627585

HK15-G-21

cushion 0.74 SI2

fancy yellow

7203961440

HK12-E-5

cushion 0.74 VVS1

fancy intense yellow

7141996186

55

Round 0.74 SI2

fancy deep orangy yellow

1179598716

HK15-D-06

cushion 0.73 VS2

fancy yellow

2206313948

434

Oval 0.73 SI2

fancy light yellow

5213056766

HK16-J-26

pear 0.71 color only

fancy deep brownish orange yellow

7226417090

PNA19-1-1

Round 0.71 SI1

fancy vivid orangy yellow

6207124043

HK15-C-25

cushion 0.71 VS2

fancy yellow

7208247472

PY12-12

oval 0.71 VS2

fancy yellow

1138638124

PY12-14

oval 0.71 VS1

fancy yellow

1138638106

HK15-D-12

cushion 0.70 SI2

fancy yellow

7202313954

PY12-8

oval 0.70 VVS1

fancy yellow

7131638800

PY12-6

oval 0.70 color only

fancy yellow

6135638838

HK12-D-06

cushion 0.70 VVS2

fancy yellow

2145967626

HK12-D-13

cushion 0.70 VVS2

fancy yellow

5141967622

HK12-D-11

cushion 0.70 VVS2

fancy intense yellow

1142967621

PY12-73

cushion 0.70 VS1

fancy yellow

1138627597

PY12-75

cushion 0.69 SI2

fancy yellow

1138627564

HK12-G-04

heart 0.68 SI1

fancy intense orangy yellow

6145996394

RH16-4

pear 0.64 I2

fancy intense orangy yellow

7221829646

PY12-18

oval 0.64 SI1

fancy yellow

6135638069

PY12-76

trilliant 0.63 SI2

fancy yellow

7131627548

PY12-28

oval 0.63 SI2

fancy yellow

6135638264

PY12-29

oval 0.62 color only

fancy yellow

1138638292

PY12-17

oval 0.61 VS1

fancy yellow

1138638080

HK12-G-05

cushion 0.61 VS2

fancy vivid yellow

1148227920

PY12-34

oval 0.61 VVS2

fancy yellow

1138629075

PY12-56

marquise 0.55 VS2

natural Y to Z range yellow

1138627756

PY12-58

marquise 0.55 VVS2

natural Y to Z range yellow

1138627710

HK12-D-08

cushion 0.53 VS1

fancy light yellow

5141967654

PY-12-90

marquise 0.53 VVS2

natural Y to Z range yellow

7131638497

HK15-H-57

pear 0.49 SI1

fancy intense yellow

7223559481

HK15-D-28

cushion 0.45 VS2

fancy light yellow

1209658705

98

Round 0.41 SI1

fancy intense orangy yellow

1139255317

HK-12-E-04

cushion 0.40 SI2

fancy intense yellow

5151046474

HK12-D-26

cushion 0.40 VS2

fancy intense yellow

2145967793

HK17-T-6

Pear 0.40 SI1

fancy deep brownish orangy yellow

1182953222