The Gemological Institute of America is the world's foremost authority on diamonds. GIA invented the Diamond Grading System after WWII when diamonds began to be available to regular people as a way of standardizing the language used to value diamonds across the US and around the world. Cliff earned his Diamonds Graduate diploma from GIA in 1998. :-)
The Four C's that GIA came up with are Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat Weight. If you are familiar with the Color scale, you know that diamonds at the top of the scale (D,E,F) are considered colorless and are generally speaking more expensive than those further down the color scale. That is the case UNTIL you go far enough down the color scaled to get into fancy colors and then the price jumps up. The reason for this - it is all about rarity. Natural, fancy color diamonds make up less than .01% of all the diamonds mined from the earth. The come in red, pink, blue, orange, green, and yellow.
Of all the natural, fancy color diamonds yellow are the most affordable. (FYI - red and blue diamonds command insane prices!) Our favorite diamond supplier, Jason, has his office in the New York diamond district and he keeps a nice supply of natural fancy colored diamonds on hand.
Chimera Design is pleased to offer natural fancy yellow diamond rings to West Michigan. Every one of them comes with a Diamond Report from GIA that assures you that what you are purchasing is a natural fancy color diamond - the rarest of the rare.
The reason we mention the GIA documentation on our fancy yellows is because lab grown diamonds can be treated to turn colors. In fact, High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) treatments can also be used to turn white mined diamonds various colors as well. Reputable diamond sellers will inform you of the source of any colored diamonds they sell. We consider ourselves very reputable.
No other yellow gemstone can match the fire and sparkle of a yellow diamond. We really enjoy our relationship with Jason and our ability to offer natural fancy yellow diamond rings in our little shop.
Here are four examples of natural yellow diamonds that we have in our case. We would love it if you stopped in to see them in person - they are amazing.