Post # 1
Alright, so I know about the diamond color grading scale, and I know D, E, and F are colorless. I also know G-M are warmer in color. But I have a question. Are S-Z the fancy colored diamonds, known as yellow diamonds? Or a different thing altogether? It just confuses me, since G-M colored diamonds are less expensive (generally) than a D-F of the same size/clarity. But yellow diamonds are generally MORE expensive than any white diamond. I know I probably sound naive now, but I’m genuinely confused.
Post # 3
S-Z are not acutally fancy colors. Fancy yellows are rated on a whole other scale reserved for fancies – basically, below Z. BUT if you can’t afford a proper fancy (like myself) the visual difference between the lower scale between S-Z and fancy yellows are sometimes hard to differentiate especially with lighter fancies. My cushion is graded at S-T and I LOVE that in some lights it’s buttery, lemon, cream, and sometimes even white or champagne.
D-F are marketed as “ideal” colors. Everyone values something different. I wanted as yellow as possible. Some antique cuts and expecially old mine cut cushions look GORGEOUS in the lower end of the scale (around the M range). Because lower colors are marketed as “less than ideal,” which I think is total crap, it drives the price down SIGNIFICANTLY. Let’s put it this way. I was able to get my S-T 1.5ct cushion for what I would have paid for an H .75ct round. The industry likes diffinitive colors. If it’s white, they want it to be pure white. If it’s yellow, they want it to be pure yellow. Fair enough, but it orphans a lot of beautiful colors. Which is ok for me because we were able to get a stone twice the size AND I got a color I love. If you’re open to the in-between you can not only save money but sometimes have the opportunity to really upgrade the ct weight if that’s what you are going for.
Hope this helps. 🙂