What is a Canary Diamond? Fancy Yellow Diamonds Explained.

Colored diamonds are becoming more popular every day. It is astonishing of all the different colors that a diamond can be. You may be wondering what a canary, or yellow, diamond is. Below is tons of information to answer that question, including where they come from! Let’s get started now!

Where Are Canary Yellow Diamonds Found?

While there are many diamonds on the storefronts selling these yellow/canary diamonds, they only receive them from very few places. Brazil is known to have yellow diamonds. However, yellow diamonds can be found in Australia, Central Africa, Sierra Leone or Congo.

1.50ctw Canary Yellow Princess Baguette & Round Diamond Engagement Ring

Why Are Canary Diamonds This Color?

Canary or yellow diamonds get their color a little bit differently than other diamonds. Different colored diamonds form with different natural minerals. The yellow diamond gets its color when nitrogen atoms inside the diamond are exposed to blue light. This causes yellow hues to be reflected.

14k Gold X-Large Yellow Canary Diamond Hoop Earrings

Are Canary Diamonds Real?

Yellow diamonds can put off such a stunning color that one may wonder if they are even real! Well, just as with any gem on the market they can be replicated. That does not mean that yellow diamonds are fake though. Canary Yellow Diamonds are very much real. Yellow diamonds can be found naturally occurring in the places listed above.

14K White Gold Canary Yellow Diamond Bridal Wedding Engagement Promise Ring 1-18 Ctw.

Do note that sometimes diamonds can be artificially colored to give off a yellow hue to be appealing to customers as yellow diamonds. These should be marketed in such a way to inform the buyer. However, if interested in purchasing a naturally occurring yellow diamond just ask the jeweler if the gem is so.

What Do Canary Diamonds Represent?

A certain color of diamond will represent certain things. For instance, the pink diamond represents love or innocence. Well, the fancy yellow or canary diamond is said to represent cheerfulness.

While it also means to represent prosperity, it also is meant as a sign of love or even devotion. It is no wonder that yellow or canary diamonds make a wonderful engagement ring or piece of jewelry.

14K White Gold Canary Yellow Diamond Princess Necklace Pendant 2.00 Ctw.

How Rare Are Canary Diamonds?

White diamonds are the most popular diamond for some time now. They can be found easily compared to other colored diamonds. However, a colored diamond such as yellow, may not be as easy to find as white diamonds. Yellow diamonds can be found more often than other rarer colored diamonds though.

14k Gold Yellow Canary and White Diamond Antique Style Ring 14K W Gold

Note that yellow diamonds, although found a lot more than other colored diamonds, are still rare. You can bet that one out of every 16,500 carats found are yellow diamonds. This makes the yellow diamond a lot rarer than a traditional white diamond.

How Much Are Canary Yellow Diamonds as Engagement Rings and Jewelry?

Canary diamonds (or fancy yellow diamonds) make a lovely piece of jewelry. As with any diamond, the price can vary depending on what type of ring setting it is placed in and what kind of jewelry that is used.

Fancy Yellow Canary Diamond Eternity Band 14k Yellow Gold (2.00ct)

Also, the price of a yellow diamond is determined by how deep of a yellow it is, too. The average starting price of a 1 carat round yellow diamond can be about $6,400 (see on jamesallen.com). Take a look at more yellow diamond prices here.

A List of the Most Famous Canary Yellow Diamonds

Yellow diamonds are certainly not ordinary in the least. In fact, they are actually famous. You can take a look below to read about some of the most famous yellow diamonds ever to be found! See for yourself!

  • The Incomparable Diamond.
    This diamond is said to be found by a young child. In its natural state, it had 890 carats. It was found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After all the cutting to make a stunning piece, it weighed in at 407.78 carats.
  • The Florentine Diamond.
    This diamond is a 137.27 carat diamond. It is a rose cute with nine sides.
  • The Sun of Africa.
    This yellow diamond is one of the worlds most famous yellow diamonds. It was found in an African mine in 2007. The stunning yellow color of the diamond is what brings forth such attention.
  • The Kahn Canary Diamond.
    This yellow diamond was worn by the former first lady, Hilary Clinton at the time her husband was on office. It is a whopping 4.25 carats that is set in 18k gold.

You can find more information on famous diamonds at https://www.leibish.com.

Some Things to Note!

There is more information on yellow diamonds in this YouTube video if interested.

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this information on yellow diamonds. They truly are stunning jewels! Please feel free to check out the links.


Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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