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FAQs about Colored Diamonds

by Maegan Crandall

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When you are shopping for beautiful jewelry, you will see many pieces featuring colored diamonds. Colored diamonds, also called fancy diamonds, are available in yellow, pink, purple, black, grey, green, blue and orange. Rings, pendants, earrings and tennis bracelets decorated with colored diamonds are very trendy and valuable. If shopping for colored diamond jewelry is new territory for you, then you might be wondering how to select the very best diamond jewelry featuring these bright gems. Use these frequently asked questions to gather information about colored diamond jewelry.

Questions about Colored Diamonds:

  1. What is the difference between white diamonds and colored diamonds?
    Colored diamonds and white diamonds have the same composition. Trace elements in the earth turn the diamonds different colors. Yellow diamonds get their color from nitrogen. Activity and heat in the earth can also change a diamond's color. Green diamonds get their color from radiation.

  2. How are colored diamonds graded?
    Fancy diamonds are graded mainly on color saturation. White diamonds are graded on their clarity, which is not applicable to most colored diamonds. White diamonds are also graded on cut, color and carat weight. Colored diamonds are graded on cut and carat weight, too. When white diamonds are graded, the best diamonds have the least amount of color. When fancy diamonds are graded, the gems with the most color are given the best ratings.

  3. Are black diamonds colored diamonds?
    When you are shopping for colored diamond jewelry, you will see many pieces featuring black and grey diamonds. Black diamonds do not have the same composition as white diamonds and fancy diamonds, but they are a part of the colored diamond jewelry category because they are incredibly stylish in rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

  4. How should I select colored diamonds for my collection?
    Fancy diamonds are available in so many different colors, it's easy for you to choose your favorites. Fancy diamond engagement rings are a fun and uncommon alternative to traditional wedding jewelry. Yellow, pink, blue and black diamonds are the most popular fancy diamonds in engagement rings. Bright green and orange diamonds are rare, so owning one will add a lot of value to your jewelry collection. Pink, blue and grey diamonds are popular in cocktail rings and stud earrings.

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