An Ultimate Guide to Yellow Diamonds

Origin of Yellow Diamonds

Yellow diamonds’ unique color comes from the presence of nitrogen in their composition. The nitrogen molecules absorb blue light, making the stone a yellow shade. Depending on the amount of nitrogen, a yellow diamond could range from light to dark.

Yellow Diamond Grading – The Intensity Levels

White diamonds are graded on a color scale of D to Z, with D being a colorless diamond and Z having a distinct yellow or brown tint. If the scale were to continue past Z—all the way to a rich, yellow color—you’d have a Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond. In other words, yellow diamonds are fully saturated with yellow and carry no traces of whiteness whatsoever.

The GIA color grading scale for yellow diamonds is:

  • Faint
  • Very Light
  • Light
  • Fancy Light
  • Fancy
  • Fancy Intense
  • Fancy Vivid, Fancy Deep or Fancy Dark

Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring Settings

Style 1: Halo setting

A halo setting can boost the size appearance of your yellow diamond engagement ring, especially if there are two layers of surrounding stones.

Style 2: Pave setting

Embedded side stones in a pave setting give the ring additional sparkle. Your side stones can match the color of your center stone or be white diamonds.

Style 3: Side stones setting

To accent and highlight your yellow diamond, consider a side stone setting. Your side stones can be round brilliants, triangle-shaped or any design that matches your style