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Colored Diamond Trends

Though pure white diamonds continue to reign supreme as a traditional symbol of glamour and glittering loveliness, colored diamonds are becoming more fashion forward. From sunny canary yellow diamonds to warm brown and dramatic black, colored diamonds are stylish, sophisticated, and unique. Known in gemology as “fancy” diamonds, demand for pieces made from these classy colored diamonds has grown dramatically in the past few years, driven in part by their increasing appearances on the red carpet.

Cornucopia of Colors
Occurring naturally in every hue of the rainbow, colored diamonds’ hues are actually caused by impurities within the diamond. The cost of natural colored diamonds is largely dependent on the color’s rarity, with red being the rarest of all. Luckily for today’s stylish diamond fans, the gems can be specially treated by gemologists with color treatments called irradiation, making the rich, intense tones of colored diamonds available at less prohibitive prices. Fancy colored diamonds are classified by their shade and intensity, and are typically set in a metal that will enhance their hue. Because colors can be artificially created in a diamond, any fancy colored diamond marketed as natural should be accompanied by a certificate from a respected diamond grading lab.

Sunny yellow diamonds are gleaming everywhere from Hollywood soirees to haute couture runways. Tones range from intense to pale yellow, and the stones are typically set in yellow gold prongs, regardless of the overall metals used in the piece.

 Yellow Diamond Harry Kotlar
Harry Kotlar
 Yellow diamond Norman Silverman
Norman Silverman Diamonds

Diamond-loving ladies continue to rock the pretty-in-pink vibe of rosy-colored diamonds. Often mounted in rose gold prongs as a complement to the diamond itself, pink diamonds have a sweetly nostalgic appeal. Natural pink diamonds range in tone from orangey pink to purplish pink, and are prohibitively expensive due to their rarity. However, with the advent of irradiating heat treatments, these sparkling beauties are now available to a wider range of women looking for that perfect posh pink.

Pink diamond Uneek Fine Jewelry
Uneek Fine Jewelry
Pink diamonds Gem Platinum
Gem Platinum

Known for their wide variety of colors and undertones, "chocolate," "cognac," and "champagne" diamonds are becoming more popular. These earth-toned diamonds, available in an endless assortment of hues from deep to delicately pale, are warm, neutral diamonds for accessorizing almost any outfit.

Brown diamonds Carizza Jewelry
Carizza Jewelry
Brown diamond Omi Prive
Omi Privé

Make a dramatic statement with gleaming black diamonds, stunning alone in a solitaire setting or mixed with white diamonds set in gleaming platinum. Available designs include striking chandelier earrings, black-and-white diamond combination pieces, and dramatic black solitaires. Black and silver diamonds are at the lower end of the price scale for fancy colored diamonds, making them both stylish and affordable.

Black diamond MK Diamonds & Jewelry
MK Diamonds & Jewelry
Black diamond KC Designs NY
KC Designs NY

Colored diamonds are trendy, beautiful choices when designing or choosing the perfect diamond jewelry or accessory. While white diamonds are classic, these colorful beauties are fun and festive options when making your next diamond purchase. Find a trusted diamond jeweler near you.


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