What do you think of when someone says Diamond? Most people imagine a round, white stone with rainbow sparkles. But did you know that diamonds can naturally form in many other colors? This miracle of nature is nothing short of amazing. Most natural diamonds get their color due to chemical impurities in the ground when the diamond is forming. And so, there is a spectrum of colors that a diamond can form into. Laboratories have a list of 27 color grades to use when describing the exact color of a diamond. And usually- the more intense the color, the more expensive the diamond. Colored diamonds are called Fancy color diamonds, and come in a rainbow of possibilities.

So, what colors do diamonds naturally form in? A natural diamond can form Blue, Pink, Yellow, Red, Orange, Purple, Brown, Grey, Green, Black or anywhere in between! Each color indicates a different chemical process occurred while the diamond was forming.

Let's take a look at how diamonds get their color!

Blue

Blue Diamond

Can diamonds be blue? Yes! Blue diamonds are very lovely, and very rare. The Hope Diamond, one of the most famous diamonds in the world, has a deep blue hue. Is it natural for a diamond be so blue? Surprisingly enough, yes! Diamonds get their blue tint when the element Boron is present at the time the diamond forms. Boron replaces carbon atoms while the diamond is forming, and these atoms give the diamond a blueish hue. This natural shade can range in intensity, and may also have hints of gray or green.

Black

Black Diamond Huggie Earrings

So, how are black diamonds made? Most black diamonds we see on the market are treated and colored solid black. Natural black diamonds are extremely rare, but possible. A black diamond forms when there is an excess of graphite, forming as inclusions within the diamond giving it a black look. A natural black diamond has a lot of black inclusions, giving it the appearance of black.

Green

Green Diamond

Green diamonds are very rare. It is believed they develop their green color when they are exposed to certain amounts of radiation while the diamond forms. For this reasons, green diamonds are not green in the body- they have an outer layer of green hue that sparkles in the light.

Orange

Orange Diamond

With the sparkle of a rainbow sunset, Orange diamonds are simply remarkable. Although the entire process behind how an orange diamond forms is unknown, scientists believe Nitrogen gives diamonds their orange color.

Pink

Yellow Diamond

Pink diamonds are extremely popular because of their flirty and feminine appeal. A natural pink diamond is thought to get its color due to high pressure, tectonic forces while the diamond forms, causing the electrons to rearrange themselves in a way that produces a pinkish hue.

Red

Red Diamond

Red diamonds are some of the rarest fancy colored diamonds. There are only about 20-30 confirmed natural red diamonds in the world! It is extremely rare to see a pure red diamond, usually they are also pinkish or brownish in hue. The red coloring is believed to form due to high amounts of pressure, changing the structure of electrons as the diamond moves to the surface.

Purple

Purple Diamond

A purple diamond forms similarly to Red and Pink diamonds, where the electron structure is changed as the diamond moves to the surface. For the diamond to turn purple, there must also be a high amount of hydrogen available. Purple diamonds are absolutely mesmerizing, and it's no wonder- they went through a lot to get their colors!

Yellow

Fancy Yellow Diamond

One of the most popular natural fancy diamond colors is yellow. The Tiffany diamond is a famous example of a fancy yellow diamond. Yellow diamonds get their color from the presence of nitrogen. While the diamond is forming, nitrogen atoms replace the carbon atoms, giving yellow diamonds their color.

Browse our selection of natural fancy color diamond jewelry! Fancy color diamonds are one of a kind, and a unique addition to any fashionista's wardrobe.