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What Colours Do Diamonds Come In? 5 Best Diamond Colours in Jewellery

What colours do diamonds come in jewellery? Diamonds are mined naturally in all the colours of the rainbow. The 5 main diamond hues you’re most likely to find in jewellery are yellow, black, pink, brown, and the traditional white (transparent) diamond. 

In this article, we explain their origin, properties and pricing.

1. White (transparent) diamonds

White is the most popular diamond ‘colour’. It’s what most of us think of when we hear the word diamond.

These beautiful transparent gems are formed from carbon – a substance we usually associate with black colour. Yet their crystal structure allows light to pass through, making them appear clear.

White diamonds come in various sizes and qualities, which means their prices can range from affordable to expensive. Read more about white diamond quality here.

What Colours Do Diamonds Come In Jewellery? 5 Best Natural Diamond Colours Explained

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2. Yellow Diamonds

The most commonly found type of coloured diamond, yellow diamonds get their hue from nitrogen impurities.

Yellow diamonds are rarer and more expensive than white diamonds.

Natural yellow diamond shades can vary from light yellow to vivid golden yellow.

What Colours Do Diamonds Come In Jewellery? 5 Best Natural Diamond Colours Explained

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3. Black Diamonds

Black diamonds have become very popular in the last two decades. This is mainly thanks to celebrity engagement rings, notably the ones worn by Carmen Electra and the Sex and the City TV character, Carrie.

Black diamonds get their unique hue from traces of graphite, pyrite or hematite.

They are beautiful to look at, with a distinctive opaque glimmer. They’re also affordable compared to other coloured diamonds.

What Colours Do Diamonds Come In Jewellery? 5 Best Natural Diamond Colours Explained

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4. Pink Diamonds

The pink diamond is the most sought after coloured diamond.

Gem experts don’t know what causes their pink hue. Their best guess is that it’s due to immense pressure present during their formation under the Earth’s crust millions of years ago.

Pink diamonds are expensive. Firstly, because they’re rare – less than 0.01% of diamonds mined are pink. Secondly, the commercial demand for them is high.

What Colours Do Diamonds Come In Jewellery? 5 Best Natural Diamond Colours Explained

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5. Brown Diamonds

Brown diamonds, also referred to as champagne diamonds, are popular due to their sophisticated look.

Their brown hue is due to a specific type of arrangement of molecules in the diamond crystal.

Natural brown diamonds are affordable because they’re readily available.

What Colours Do Diamonds Come In Jewellery? 5 Best Natural Diamond Colours Explained

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