The Diamond Chart of Color Combinations

The wonderful thing about Fancy Color Diamonds is that they are found in a rainbow of colors. Though many people are now aware of these remarkable stones, many are less aware of all the secondary colors available. There are only twelve main diamond colors, but there are actually over 230 possible secondary color combinations (otherwise known as overtone colors) from which to choose!

Collections of natural fancy color diamonds

An assortment of natural fancy color diamonds

Since not every secondary color is found combined with the twelve main colors, here is a short article reviewing the various color possibilities.

Diamond Color in Fancy Color Diamonds

Color diamonds can be found in twelve pure hues: yellow, blue, pink, orange, green, brown, gray, purple, violet, red, white, and black. Chameleon diamonds exist as well and are often categorized on their own, but those are essentially greenish or yellowish diamonds that temporarily change colors once exposed to light or heat.

The 12 main colors

The 12 primary colors, diamonds are found with. From left to right, yellow, pink, blue, green. orange, champagne, violet, gray, purple, red, fancy black, fancy white

Diamonds with one pure hue are the most desirable and are often more expensive. Only, because colored diamonds are actually combined elements, stones exuding two or more colors are seen more often and can also be exceptionally beautiful and the ideal diamond for many.

If the primary color of a diamond is yellow (meaning over 50%), and it also depicts a relatively strong orange hue (say 35%), once assessed it would be determined to be an orange yellow diamond. If the overtone color in the same stone was quite weak (say only 15%), it would be called an orangy yellow diamond.

Secondary Diamond Color Combinations

A color diamond possessing any one of the twelve main colors can also boast one or more secondary colors. Each main color has a number of possible color combinations. For instance, yellow diamonds can either a pure color or can be found containing secondary colors like brown, brownish, brown greenish, brownish greenish, green, greenish, orange, orangy, gray greenish, and brownish orangy. A yellow diamond with one of these secondary colors would therefore read for example as a “brownish yellow diamond,” “orangy yellow diamond,” and so forth.

Main Color - YELLOW 
Pure Yellow
Brown Yellow
Brownish Yellow
Brown Greenish Yellow
Brownish Greenish Yellow
Green Yellow
Greenish Yellow
Orange Yellow
Orangy Yellow
Gray Greenish Yellow
Brownish Orangy Yellow

Blue diamonds include secondary colors of gray, grayish, green, greenish, violetish, gray greenish, and grayish greenish.

Main Color - BLUE 
Pure Blue
Gray Blue
Grayish Blue
Green Blue
Greenish Blue
Violetish Blue
Gray Greenish Blue
Grayish Greenish Blue

Pink diamonds have eight possible secondary colors besides its pure state. These can be purple, purplish, brown, brownish, grayish, orangy, brownish orangy, and brownish purple.

Main Color - PINK 
Pure Pink
Purple Pink
Purplish Pink
Brown Pink
Brownish Pink
Grayish Pink
Orangy Pink
Brownish Orangy Pink
Brownish Purple Pink

There are six secondary colors for orange diamonds: brown, brownish, yellow, yellowish, brownish yellowish, and pinkish.

Main Color - ORANGE 
Pure Orange
Brown Orange
Brownish Orange
Yellow Orange
Yellowish Orange
Brownish Yellowish Orange
Pinkish Orange

Aside from yellow, green diamonds are the only color that has ten possible secondary colors, which are yellow, yellowish, blue, bluish, brown, brownish, gray, grayish, gray yellowish, and grayish yellowish.

Main Color - GREEN 
Pure Green
Yellow Green
Yellowish Green
Blue Green
Bluish Green
Brown Green
Brownish Green
Gray Green
Grayish Green
Gray Yellowish Green
Grayish Yellowish Green

Brown, or otherwise known as champagne diamonds, as well as gray diamonds both have nine possible secondary colors. The brown options are yellow, yellowish, pink, pinkish, orange, orangy, greenish, purple, and reddish.

Main Color - BROWN 
Pure Brown
Yellow Brown
Yellowish Brown
Pink Brown
Pinkish Brown
Orange Brown
Orangy Brown
Greenish Brown
Purple Brown
Reddish Brown

The gray diamond options are violet, violetish, blue, bluish, green, greenish, greenish yellow, greenish yellowish, and yellowish green.

Main Color - GRAY 
Pure Gray
Violet Gray
Violetish Gray
Blue Gray
Bluish Gray
Green Gray
Greenish Gray
Greenish Yellow Gray
Greenish Yellowish Gray
Yellowish Green Gray

Purple diamonds, violet, and red diamonds all have three secondary color possibilities. Purple diamonds may include pink, pinkish, and grayish pinkish.

Main Color - PURPLE 
Pure Purple
Pink Purple
Pinkish Purple
Grayish Pinkish Purple

Violet diamonds are rarely found in a pure color, and often contain the secondary colors of gray, grayish, and bluish.

Main Color - VIOLET 
Pure Violet
Gray Violet
Grayish Violet
Bluish Violet

Red diamonds, which are among the rarest diamonds on earth, can be found with purplish, brownish, and orangy.

Main Color - RED 
Pure Red
Purplish Red
Brownish Red
Orangy Red

White and black diamonds not only come in just one color intensity level, Fancy, but they also do not have secondary colors, just a single pure hue.

Main Color - WHITE 
Pure Fancy White

Main Color - BLACK 
Pure Fancy Black

Chameleon diamonds on the other hand can be green or yellow and can have a gray yellowish, grayish yellowish, gray, or grayish secondary color if green or a gray greenish, brownish greenish, or green yellow if yellow.

Main Color - CHAMELEON 
Gray Yellowish Green
Grayish Yellowish Green
Gray Green
Grayish Green
Gray Greenish Yellow
Brownish Greenish Yellow
Green Yellow Yellow

We are all beautiful to someone

The color possibilities for color diamonds are plentiful and can seem daunting to some. Once you understand the main colors as well as the possible secondary colors for each color diamond, it is a bit more understandable and less intimidating. Still, diamonds can have more than just one secondary color, leading the fairly understandable combinations to add up to more than 230 possibilities. Nevertheless, once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy to follow. Furthermore, many of these color combinations appear similar and are also not necessarily available at every selling point. Once you know the general color direction you would like to go in, and understand the make-up of a stone's color, you will be able to choose a diamond based on its color among other aspects, without the slightest hesitation.

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