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.