What Is A Colored Diamond?

Though colorless diamonds are the most popular engagement ring center stone, diamonds form naturally in a wide range of colors and include black diamonds, yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, blue diamonds, and more. Also known as fancy colored diamonds, the color develops when an impurity enters the diamond as it is forming. Boron creates a blue diamond, nitrogen turns a diamond yellow, and changes in electron makeup result in a red diamond. Only one in 10,000 natural diamonds are colored. Orange, green, grey, brown, and black are among the possible colors for fancy colored diamonds. The ever popular “canary” yellow, red, purple, blue, and pink are amongst the rarest diamond colors, as well as most expensive. Some colored diamonds undergo color treatment to enhance their hue.

Is A Colored Diamond Engagement Ring Right For You?

With their versatility, colored diamonds are able to work their magic as either the main center stone or as smaller accent stones. Because diamonds come in a wide range of colors and saturations, the design possibilities are endless. No matter what color you choose, you still benefit from the fact that diamonds are the hardest and most durable stone on the planet. Watch the video to learn more about designing your own colored diamond engagement ring.

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Colored Diamond Pros and Cons


  • Gemstone durability is rated from 1-10 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, diamonds are a 10
  • Nearly indestructible, diamonds are the most durable choice for an engagement ring
  • No other stone has the distinct beauty and optical properties of a diamond
  • Available in a wide range of color and clarity


  • Though the Kimberley Process’s code of ethics is industry standard for what is a “conflict free diamond,” there can be loopholes in the system. Guaranteeing a non “blood diamond” means doing research and asking questions

Who Is A Colored Diamond Engagement Ring Right For?

Colored diamond engagement rings are a great choice if you want the durability of a diamond but want a more alternative look than colorless stones. All diamonds are the best choice for you if you work with your hands, lead an active lifestyle, or are rough on your jewelry.

Additional Resources

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy an Engagement Ring

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Rough Diamonds, Rose cut Diamonds, and Raw Diamonds

Learn more about this alternative engagement ring stone.

Diamond Engagement Rings

Learn the difference to see what’s best for you.

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