Appraising Fancy Color Diamonds

March 31st, 2011 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG
1.97 ct Irradiated Diamond, Fancy Vivid Yellow

1.97 ct Irradiated Diamond, Fancy Vivid Yellow

We just appraised this beautiful bright yellow ~2 ct. round diamond for a client. She had inherited the stone, which was accompanied by an appraisal from a gemologist which described it as a “Canary Yellow” diamond, which implied but didn’t state specifically that the stone was natural-color. Our client said the diamond had originally been purchased at an estate sale for $1200, but this appraisal was for $43,000!

The antennae immediately went up!

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