High Jewelry: yellow diamonds are making a great comeback


Impossible to miss the sweeping success sparked by this colored diamond, which took pride of place in almost all the high jewelry collections showcased during the Haute Couture week. So, what makes it different? Why are leading luxury brands making eyes at it? Let’s take an in-depth look.

Author By Marie-Caroline Selmer

Flashback… Sunday February 24, 2019, during the Oscars, Lady Gaga paraded proudly down the red carpet wearing a magnificent yellow diamond from the US jeweler Tiffany & Co. An exceptional 128-carat gem, estimated at over 30 million dollars, which hadn’t appeared on the scene since the 1960s. Sheer coincidence or visionary choice made by the star? Whatever… the yellow diamond is back on centrestage and it intends to stay there.

Although the yellow diamond owes its coloring to the existence of nitrogen atoms in its structure, not all varieties are the same. The higher the concentration, the more intense the shade and the more the price soars. Like white diamonds, yellow diamonds are appraised on a color scale where the most highly-valued references are fancy intense yellow and fancy vivid yellow.

To epitomize the new opus of her Born to Be Wild collection, the designer-creator Valérie Messika chose pale yellow diamonds, a nuance which she particularly adores. Her series of earrings with their ever-so novel touch embrace fancy light yellow and fancy intense yellow diamonds – cushion-cut – offering the stone body and enhancing its refractive power. Exceptional stones which perfectly echo the dazzle of the collection’s white diamonds.

The Paris Russe collection, an ode to Gabrielle Chanel’s cherished Russian inspirations and to the special relationship she pursued with the Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovitch, Czar Nicolas II’s cousin, whisks us off to a realm infused with baroque and traditional folklore allusions. In this imagined Russia, colors shimmer, exalt the body and invite to celebrate. Chanel chose to create with yellow diamonds to grace these pieces with a solar aura, as exemplified in the Roubachka necklace adorned with a sumptuous 9.50-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond.

David Morris also glorifies yellow diamonds. The English jeweler draws his inspiration from the colors of the Mediterranean and specifically the island of Mykonos for this collection which enthralls with its rich chromatic spectrum. The English jeweler selected a series of fancy vivid-quality diamonds to embellish an impressive white-gold cuff bangle whose hues conjure up the ever-so rare fish which live in the coral reefs fringing the island. The perfect color for celebrating summer which we hope will continue forever.

Tiffany & Co. – Tiffany Diamond necklace mounted on platinum set with one of the largest yellow diamonds in the world, 128.54 carats and set with 62 white diamonds
Tiffany & Co. – The Tiffany Diamond necklace mounted on platinum set with one of the largest yellow diamonds in the world, 128.54 carats and set with 62 white diamonds
Messika - Mono Cushion Lasso earring
Messika – Mono Cushion Lasso earring
Chanel - Roubachka necklace
Chanel – Roubachka necklace
David Morris - Fancy Vivid cuff
David Morris – Fancy Vivid cuff
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