In addition to white, diamonds also occur in any color you can imagine: blue, brown, pink, yellow, and even green.

These diamonds are known as fancy color diamonds and are very rare due to the geological conditions required to create them.

Unlike the more common “white” diamonds, fancy color diamonds are evaluated more for color intensity and less for brilliance. The deeper and more distinct the color, the higher the grade.

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The GIA describes fancy color diamonds by these nine categories:

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