In diamonds, rarity equals value. With white diamonds, value is based on the absence of colour, because white or ‘colourless’ diamonds are the rarest and most valued with D grade being the prized colourless diamond.
Coloured diamonds are known as fancy diamonds and yellow diamonds are one of the most popular fancy colours. Yellow diamonds are sometimes also called ‘canary’ diamonds and come in a wide range of colour strength from Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid. Intense and Vivid are the most rare and sought after.
Fancy diamonds cut in to fancy shapes often project a more intense and better colour. When setting a yellow diamond into an engagement ring it allows for a unique opportunity to make the stone’s colour even more intense. Most often, a yellow gold setting will make the diamond’s colour appear deeper, whereas a white gold setting may make it appear lighter.
Fancy coloured diamond engagement rings are a striking alternative to classic diamond rings, bringing their vivid colours to dazzling designs.
Here are some of our favourite celebrity yellow diamond engagement rings.
HEIDI KLUM AND SEAL
The ring: A 10-carat canary yellow centre diamond set in a complimenting yellow gold band of pavé diamonds. A matching band with tiny pavé yellow diamonds completes the look.
VICTORIA BECKHAM AND DAVID BECKHAM
The ring: Engagement ring upgrade 2018 – a square-cut yellow diamond on a platinum pave band.
The ring: Engagement ring upgrade 2006 – an emerald-cut yellow diamond on a yellow gold pave band.
KELLY CLARKSON AND BRANDON BLACKSTOCK
The ring: A radiant-cut fancy yellow diamond set in a diamond halo and diamond band.
NICKI MINAJ AND MEEK MILL
The ring: A 15-carat fancy yellow heart-shaped diamond ring set in a double pavé halo of smaller white diamonds.
JENNIFER LOPEZ AND MARC ANTHONY
The ring: A canary-yellow diamond ring and custom diamond earrings engraved with their children’s initials.
IGGY AZALEA AND NICK YOUNG
The ring: A 10 carat fancy yellow radiant-cut diamond, with trapezoid diamonds on the sides and a French-set halo.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND MIKE FISHER
The ring: A 5 carat fancy yellow round diamond set in a striking diamond halo.
REBECCA ROMIJN AND JERRY O’CONNELL
The ring: A 6 carat yellow diamond originally set in a classic halo of diamonds on a yellow gold band which was then upgraded to the diamond halo hanging off the band like a charm.
ANNA KOURNIKOVA AND ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
The ring: An 11 carat radiant-cut canary yellow diamond with white diamonds on either side set in a platinum gold band.