Jewel of the Month

Diamonds may be called “ice,” but the vast majority look more like pieces of a rainbow than chips of frozen rain. Although most contain only slight traces of color—usually yellows, browns, or grays—diamonds span a wide range of hues, varying in intensity from faintly tinted to extremely saturated and from very light to deep dark—even black. Generally, the more saturated the color, the more valuable the stone. Yellow is the most prevalent diamond hue, and stones with enough yellow body color to be considered pretty by consumers are called “fancies” by diamond merchants and graded “fancy” by the leading gem labs. History and romance. The most famous colored diamonds are the blue Hope, the Dresden Green, the black Orloff, and the yellow Tiffany, but colored diamonds lack the rich history and lore associated with colorless diamonds. Colored diamonds often were thought t

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