Did you know that there was such a thing as a yellow diamond? A lot of people don’t, funnily enough. And that makes sense when you think about it. White diamonds are easily the most common kind of diamond, with a lot more exposure in media and popular culture.
Nevertheless, yellow diamonds are a thing, and they certainly have their audience. There are all kinds of jewellery that showcase yellow diamonds, and we’ve certainly sold our fair share of yellow diamonds here at Holdsworth Bros. Keep reading to find out more about this rare and precious gemstone.
How do yellow diamonds compare to white diamonds?
Diamonds are a solid form of carbon with an extremely rigid atomic structure. As a result, white diamonds are free from impurities, which is why they are considered to be so valuable. Coloured diamonds are still valuable, but they derive their colour from impurities and/or structural defects.
In the case of yellow diamonds specifically, their carbon crystal structure is affected by nitrogen atoms, which give them their yellow hue by absorbing the blue part of the visible light spectrum.
Are yellow diamonds rarer than white diamonds?
Because there is a higher demand for white diamonds, they are more commonly mined than yellow diamonds, which technically makes yellow diamonds the rarer of the two forms of diamond.
However, when it comes to diamond rarity, coloured diamonds in general are rarer than white diamonds. And, yellow diamonds are actually more common than other kinds of coloured diamonds (with red diamonds being the most rare).
Are yellow diamonds more expensive than white diamonds?
It actually depends on the diamond. When it comes to appraising the price of any diamond, your best bet is to abide by the four Cs of cut, clarity, carat and colour.
You have to remember that; when you’re talking about yellow diamonds, you’re not just talking about a single diamond, you’re talking about diamonds whose individual shade of yellow exists on a spectrum.
So, a white diamond with a yellow tinge will cost less than a pure white diamond, but the rarity of a yellow diamond means that a vivid yellow diamond has the capacity to command the same price.
Are yellow diamonds better than white diamonds?
Ultimately, it depends on what you’re looking for in a diamond. If you, or the person you are buying for, prefer the aesthetic qualities of a yellow diamond, then you have no reason not to go for it.
As long as the diamond you are receiving is a colour that you like, and also of a good quality (like the kind we have in stock at Holdsworth Bros), then it doesn’t really matter whether or not it’s a white or yellow diamond.
How can you tell if a yellow diamond is good quality?
As previously mentioned, the most common way of identifying the quality of any gemstone, let alone a yellow diamond, is to observe the four Cs of cut, colour, clarity and carat. That is how we assess the quality of our gemstones and determine that they are of the highest quality possible before we sell them to you.
In the following section, we will have a deep dive into what the 4 Cs are, what they mean and how they relate to yellow diamonds specifically. That way, you’ll know that you’re getting your money’s worth when it comes to yellow diamonds from Holdsworth Bros.
There are all kinds of gemstone cuts, such as marquise, round, trilliant, oval, pear, square, octagon, baguette, cushion, heart, briolette, cabochon, etc. It’s worth knowing that your choice of cut is purely aesthetic and won’t affect the quality of the diamond.
What will, however, is the quality of the cut. A gem that has not been cut properly will appear asymmetrical and lose its vibrance due its inability to properly reflect light.
The colour of yellow diamonds is graded on a scale based on the intensity of their yellow hue. We distinguish these grades as fancy light, fancy, intense, deep and vivid. The further to the right end of the spectrum a yellow diamond is, the more valuable it is considered to be.
Additionally, yellow diamonds can have different colour tints to them that affect their value. A pure yellow diamond is going to be more valuable than a yellow diamond with an orange, brown or even green tint.
Funnily enough, a lack of imperfections in a gem to the naked eye aren’t always a guaranteed indicator of quality. Keep in mind, gemstones are a naturally occurring structure, so it’s very likely that a gemstone will feature imperfections (if not visible to the human eye, then at a microscopic level).
Gemstones with zero imperfections, including yellow diamonds, could potentially be fakes. So, make sure that you buy your yellow diamonds from a reputable supplier like Holdsworth Bros. where you can be sure that you’re receiving a good quality gemstone.
Carat is the unit of measurement for the physical weight of a gemstone, such as a yellow diamond. This one is pretty straightforward; the higher a diamond’s carat, the heavier its weight and therefore the higher in value it is.
Prices for gemstones, including yellow diamonds, tend to be valued on a per carat basis, meaning that a flat rate is determined via the cut, colour and clarity of the yellow diamond – and that flat rate is then multiplied by the carats to determine the gem’s overall price.
What else do I need to know about yellow diamonds?
Here are some common miscellaneous questions that we at Holdsworth Bros. tend to get regarding yellow diamonds. Hopefully, we can clear some things up and assuage any concerns you may have, using our expertise in jewellery.
Of course, if you have any more questions, feel free to drop us a line so we can give you the answers. We’re always happy to dispense some gems of wisdom.
Do yellow diamonds fade?
One of the major benefits of a diamond is that its colours never fade, unlike sapphires that can lose their colour with age, improper care and prolonged exposure to sunlight. Of course, you still need to take care of your yellow diamond if you want it to last a long time and retain its gorgeous appearance, but at least you have one less thing to worry about.
Are yellow diamonds durable?
Not only are yellow diamonds durable, they’re the most durable. Diamonds in general rank a perfect 10 on Mohs scale of hardness, which makes them the most durable gemstone in the world, and yellow diamonds are no exception.
If you decide to buy yellow diamond jewellery, you’ll be purchasing high quality jewellery that will last a lifetime as long as you give it proper care. We, of course, will help you by telling you everything you need to know about caring for your yellow diamond jewellery.
How can I care for a yellow diamond?
One of the best things about yellow diamonds is that they are easy to care for. Caring for a yellow diamond is simple, just use a drop of soapy liquid and carefully scrub the diamond using a toothbrush or another gentle tool made for jewellery cleaning. Use warm water to wash off the soap and then dry with a clean towel.
Of course, the best way to take care of a yellow diamond is to get it appraised by professional jewellers, such as Holdsworth Bros. We know how to make sure your gem is properly taken care of and good as new every time.
What kinds of jewellery can I get with yellow diamonds?
There are many different kinds of jewellery that look amazing with yellow diamonds. Not only do we, at Holdsworth Bros, stock high quality and aesthetically pleasing jewellery with yellow diamonds, but we also offer custom jewellery services.
So, if you have a perfect vision for yellow diamond jewellery, let us know so we can help make that vision a reality. Below, we’ve listed the different kinds of jewellery that you can get, as well as how they’d go perfectly with a yellow diamond.
Gold bracelets are a dime a dozen. If you want the luminescent sheen of gold, but with the vibrance of a beautiful gemstone, switch that metal alloy out for a bracelet of yellow diamonds and you’ll have something a lot more unique.
Better yet, if you want to create a true feast for the eyes, combine yellow and white diamonds. It’s a gorgeous light show for your wrist.
Earrings are the perfect complement to any outfit, and yellow diamonds are nothing if not complementary. Whether you’ve got studs, hoops or huggies; a yellow diamond does a fantastic job as the centrepiece, standing out and giving your look a unique and eye-catching edge.
We’ve heard someone compare the yellow diamond at the end of a pendant as “a burst of sunshine”, and frankly we could not agree more. Pendants are the type of subtle jewellery that carry a lot of emotional weight to them, so why not give yours the warm tinge of a ray of sunlight with a yellow diamond?
Who doesn’t love a diamond ring? Whether it’s for an engagement, or the big day itself, why not switch things up with a vibrant yellow diamond as opposed to the more common white diamond? Nothing tells that special someone that they’re truly special like a ring with a diamond that truly stands out from the rest.
Is there anything more regal than a vintage brooch? How else do you visually represent a golden era than a refined brooch with a golden gemstone, delicately worked into an intricate design that commands attention and showcases your meticulous tastes? Nothing communicates the warmth of your personality than a brooch with a yellow diamond at its centre.
Your watch tells the time. Great. Does it reflect your style? Does it complement your outfit? Is it eye catching – intrigue-inducing? Does it bring that certain je ne sais quois that has everybody leaving a conversation with you wanting to know more? If you answered “I’m not sure” or “no” to any of those questions, we recommend you look into adding a yellow diamond to your next time-piece.
How much is a yellow diamond going to cost me?
Yellow diamonds will vary in price depending on the jewellery they accompany and quality of the yellow diamond itself. Sterling silver and a fancy yellow diamond are going to be cheaper than gold and a vivid diamond.
The price range for our yellow diamond jewellery ranges from $6,250.00 to $19,750.00. Of course, as true jewellery connoisseurs, we only source superior quality gold and gemstones, so you won’t have a problem finding the perfect yellow diamond jewellery for that special someone.
Where can I get the best quality yellow diamond?
There are many different kinds of yellow diamonds that you can buy. There are also a large number of outlets that sell yellow diamonds. But, they all vary in quality. And, how do you know which ones are going to stock high quality yellow diamonds? You don’t want to waste time and money on yellow diamonds that aren’t going to last, let alone compliment your looks.
But, at Holdsworth Bros, we’ve dedicated our lives to jewellery. We know the ins-and-outs, and we know exactly how to give our customers the highest quality jewellery at the best possible price – and that definitely includes yellow diamonds.
So, you could try dedicating all of your spare time towards studying decades of jewellery-making theory, or you could contact us so we can help you find the perfect yellow diamond.