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A ring is not just a piece of jewelry. It is an emotional and physical embodiment of your relationship. It should represent your unique love story, something you will cherish and look back on fondly for years to come.

When shopping for the perfect diamond ring, a flash of golden-hued light may catch your eye. And while most diamonds are colorless, some boast a beautiful yellow hue. But what exactly is a yellow diamond?

What Is a Yellow Diamond?

Under GIA color grading, a yellow diamond is any diamond with a hue that falls as Fancy Light Yellow, Fancy Yellow, Intense Yellow, Deep Yellow, or Vivid Yellow. The degree of saturation will affect where the diamond falls on this scale, with the lightest yellow diamonds being at the Fancy Light end of the spectrum and the deepest yellow diamonds being at the Vivid end.

The Fancy Yellow is the most common type of yellow diamond, which comprises the majority of stones in this category. These diamonds get their color from traces of nitrogen present during their formation deep within the Earth. The longer a diamond spends underground, the more time it has to absorb these nitrogen atoms into its structure.

The GIA grades a Fancy Yellow diamond’s color on a scale from 0.0 (no hue) to 10.0 (a pale yellow). The stones with the highest ratings will be the most valuable because they are the rarest.

How Can You Tell If a Yellow Diamond Is Real?

Unfortunately, because of their unique color, yellow diamonds are often faked. But there are a few key things you can look for to ensure your stone is the real deal.

First, check the GIA certificate. Any yellow diamond that a reputable jeweler is selling should come with a grading report from the GIA. This will include all the information about the diamond, including its color grade, carat weight, cut, clarity, and more.

Next, take a close look at the diamond itself. A real yellow diamond will have a distinct yellow hue that is even throughout the stone. If you see any other colors present, such as green or brown, then it is likely that the stone has been treated to artificially enhance its color.

Finally, hold the diamond up to the light. A real yellow diamond will allow light to pass through it easily, resulting in a bright sparkle. If the stone looks dull or opaque, it is likely a fake.

Are Yellow Diamonds Expensive?

The price of a yellow diamond will depend on several factors, including its color, carat weight, cut, and clarity. The rarer the stone, the more expensive it will be.

For example, a Fancy Light Yellow diamond is less rare than a Fancy Yellow diamond making it less expensive. However, a Vivid Yellow diamond is extremely rare so, it is much more expensive than a Fancy Light Yellow diamond.

In general, yellow diamonds are less expensive than white diamonds because of their lower grading.


At  Solomon Brothers Jewelers, we offer a wide selection of yellow and white diamond engagement rings to fit any budget. Even better, we can work with you to create a custom design that will wow your loved one. So, visit our store today or browse our online collection to find the perfect ring for your special someone.