5 Things You Must Know About Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings

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Nothing beats the magnificence of a Diamond Engagement Ring, especially when showcasing your love for your to-be partner. Besides, engagement is an occasion that embarks the beginning of an everlasting romantic tale.


You’d want it to be special, wouldn’t you?


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Image 1: Beautiful Yellow Diamond Engagement rings by Hazoorilal Jewellers
My suggestion, what could possibly be more exciting than a beautiful, vivacious Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring?

Yellow Diamond definitely drives curiosity and excitement, won’t you agree to that?
In case you haven’t seen one yet, you ought to visit your nearest trusted jeweler to check out their latest collection of yellow diamond engagement rings. I’m sure you’d be impressed by the charm of each and every design.
By the way, Yellow Diamond comes in different color tones, i.e., they are available on a scale of light to dark yellow. So you get variety in color too!

 

The sparkle of a Yellow Diamond is surely a treat to the eye. No wonder they are in great demand lately.

Here onwards, I will talk about 5 important things you must know about Yellow Diamond Engagement rings. Being mindful about these 5 points, you’ll be able to take a proactive decision when purchasing yellow diamond jewelry.

  1. Color: It’s Variety and Effect on Price

Yellow Diamonds are available in different shades of yellow. Even more, they are quite rare to be found, and thus exported all across the globe from major supplying nations such as Africa and Brazil.

When it comes to the price of Yellow Diamonds, the color is definitely a major factor.

Since Yellow Diamonds are available in vivid shades of Yellow, the price of each shade also varies according to factors such as the 4 c’s- cut, clarity, color and carat, the size, shape etc. Some shades of Yellow Diamond are costlier than colorless Diamond. While some shades are cheaper. To understand in detail, you’ll need to visit a trusted jeweler and dedicate some time to learn the nitty-gritty.

The Color Scale

If you are new to Diamond jewelry, you might not be aware of the color scale.

Image 2: The color scale of colorless diamonds

The color of a Diamond is scaled from D to Z.
Grades K, L, and M have a tint of Yellow color. While X-Y-Z color grades (also known as *Cape Diamonds) set the beginning of the Yellow color scale.
As per the color scale, we get the following shades of yellow:

Image 3: Yellow Diamond Color Scale

  1. Light Yellow
  2. Fancy Yellow
  3. Intense Yellow
  4. Vivid Yellow
  5. Deep Yellow

*Cape Diamonds: Diamonds with a tint of Yellow inside the White color

2) Yellow Diamond Ring Settings

There is a great amount of difference in the way a White Diamond and a Colored Diamond are mounted. Generally, all White Diamonds are cut the same way. While the process of cutting Colored Diamond is unique for each colored diamond. Case in point, the settings to cut White Diamonds can be done for masses, but the same can’t be done for Colored Diamonds. Here’s why.


Image 4: Different cuts of fancy colored diamonds, from L to R: Round-Edge Fancy, Step Cut, Modified Cut, Mixed Cut

Preparation of Yellow Diamond begins with a modified cut. The cut is majorly asymmetric, rather elongated with faceted arrangements. After this, the color of the diamond is enhanced.

To augment the color, the Diamond is placed in a special cup. Each colored Diamond will have a cup with the same color. Hence, in case of a Yellow Diamond, it is placed within a Yellow cup.
Likewise the process would differ for each colored diamond.

3) The effect of 4 C’s on Yellow Diamond Price

It is very difficult to evaluate the price of a diamond, any diamond for that matter. Speaking of colorless diamonds, well, the price list fluctuates a lot.

Below is a table containing all the levels of clarity in the GIA clarity scale for both white and color diamonds.

 

Flawless FL – Flawless A stone that is completely flawless. This is an extremely rare find.
Internally Flawless IF – Internally Flawless A stone that has no internal flaws at all but does have surface flaws. Also, an extremely rare find.
VVS1/VVS2 VVS1/VVS2 – Very Very Slight Inclusion A stone with very small internal inclusions. These inclusions can only be determined with a X30 magnification.
VS1_VS2 VS1/VS2 – Very Slight Inclusion A stone with very small internal inclusions. These inclusions can be determined with a X10 magnification.
SI1/SI2 SI1/SI2 – Slight Inclusion A stone that has slight inclusions that can be determined with a X10 magnification.
L1/L2/L3 Clarity Grades I1/I2/I3 (P1/P2/P3) – Inclusion or Pique A stone that has inclusions most often visible with the naked eye. Inclusions of this level drastically bring down the diamond’s value.

Table 1: Data compiled from www.leibish.com

However, evaluation of colored diamonds is a task only for experts in the field. The reason is quite understandable. Since there are hundreds of possible color combinations, the price differences between them is equally vast.
For instance, a yellow diamond with brownish tint will be of lesser value than one with green or orange tint.

When grading yellow diamonds, the first thing we will look at is obviously the color. While in colorless diamonds some might say that clarity and color equally influence the price and value, thus a priority.

 

4) The effect of Fluorescence on Yellow Diamond price

An important attribute of grading colored diamond outside the 4 C’s is Fluorescence. Generally, in the case of colorless diamonds, fluorescence is a flaw and acts as a reason that cuts down the value of the diamond. But it’s not the same in case of colored diamonds, however yellow diamond is an exception.

Image 5: Pic courtesy – www.leibish.com

Unlike colored diamonds, fluorescence does reduce the value of yellow diamonds to quite an extent. The exact reason remains unknown. Case in point, pure natural elements like diamonds with no fluorescence are rarer and costlier.

Image 6: The fluorescence of different colored diamonds

The fluorescence of yellow diamond is usually blue. Therefore, if you look at a yellow diamond with strong blue fluorescence, you’d notice that it won’t affect the color.

5) The 5th C i.e. Certificate
The purpose of gemstone certificate is to:

  1. Ensure the color is natural
  2. And identification of attributes of the diamond

The most common certification authorities, globally accredited are:

  1. GIA – Gemological Institute of America and
  2. IGI – International Gemological Institute

Even minor color changes may lead to a huge difference in price of colored diamonds. For instance, a vivid yellow diamond would cost about twice the price of an intense yellow diamond. Likewise, you may expect the rate of intense yellow diamonds to be at least 50 % more than fancy yellow diamonds.

In conclusion
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Image 7: Buy beautiful engagement rings from Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang

Do not consider the process of finding an ideal Yellow Diamond Engagement ring easy. Do your research and keep the aforementioned points in mind when visiting a jeweller to make the best yellow diamond purchase.