A Unique Diamond Makes a Unique Diamond Engagement Ring

May 17th, 2012 by Noam Flint

Canary Yellow Diamond Engagement RingWhen the time comes to propose to your loved one, your one and only, the ring that would leave the strongest impression, has to be one of a kind. What better way to do so than to use a one of a kind diamond – a fancy color diamond.

Only 1 out of 10,000 carats is a Fancy Diamond

When you set your ring with a rare diamond you get a rare ring, a unique ring. The rarity of natural colored diamonds begins with their availability (or lack of it). Natural Fancy Colored diamonds are found in a ratio of only 1 to 10,000 to white colorless diamonds. This means that less than 0.01% of the diamonds that are out there are fancy colored diamonds.

No two Colored Diamonds are alike

Now that we’ve established just how rare these diamonds are, there is the matter of endless color combinations. The colored diamonds color rainbow is based on the following colors:
Red, Blue, Pink, Purple, Orange, Green, Yellow, Grey, Brown, Black and White (there are fancy white diamonds…).

Fancy White Diamond

Fancy White Diamond

On most occasions, the color description of a colored diamond is comprised from two or even three colors. Here are few examples for popular color combinations:

  • Fancy Yellow Orange Diamond – this is a diamond that is mainly orange but has a noticeable secondary yellow hue.
  • Fancy Pinkish Purple Diamond – this is a purple diamond that has a weak secondary hue of pink (pinkish means slight tone VS pink).
  • Fancy Grey Yellowish Green Diamond – a green diamond that has two additional hues, one is Grey and the other is Yellowish.

Due to this puzzle of color combinations over 300 colors for colored diamonds have already been identified. But wait this doesn’t end here…

Colored Diamonds Various Color Intensities

With over 300 different color combinations available you might think that it is as unique as it gets, however it doesn’t end there. Another factor in colored diamonds that does not exist in colorless diamonds, another dimension if you will, and it is the intensity of the color.

There are nine color intensity grades. Even though Colored diamonds are often referred to as fancy diamonds, Fancy is actually only one of the intensities in the scale (the most commonly known). :
Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Deep, Fancy Dark, Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid.
Two diamonds with the exact same color description but with different intensity will look completely different.

One Last Problem

A ring mounted with a colored diamond makes a statement – a unique diamond engagement ring to my one of a kind loved one.
However, one problem arises – how to choose the right diamond out of endless possibilities…