IGI celebrates Pantone’s Color Of The Year in Gemstones

IGI celebrates Pantone’s Color Of The Year in Gemstones
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

Pantone, the international color authority, previously announced its Colors of the Year for 2021.

Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow

The combination of these two colors conveys a message of strength and hope, of warmth and optimism.

Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow
Photo credit: Pantone

Celebrating Yellow

While gray stones are rare in the gemstone world, yellow stones are not. In fact, many jewelry brands feature yellow gemstones in their creations.

The gemologists from IGI Shanghai provided the images and information below, in celebration of Pantone’s color of the year, Illuminating Yellow, in gemstones.

Pantone’s color of the year, Illuminating Yellow, in gemstones

1. Yellow Diamonds

Yellow diamonds have a pure, vibrant yellow or golden yellow color. Diamonds with enough saturation to reach the fancy yellow designation are considered collectible.

The intensity of the color of a yellow diamond depends on the amount of nitrogen in the lattice. When nitrogen atoms replace certain carbon atoms in the diamond crystal, the diamond begins to absorb blue and purple light so the diamond takes on a yellow appearance to viewers.

Yellow Diamonds

There are many famous yellow diamonds.

Below, we present the Cora Sun Drop Diamond, a 110 carat pear-shaped golden-yellow diamond which sold for $10.9 million – a world record price for a yellow diamond at auction – and the Golden Rooster Diamond, the largest diamond ever unearthed in China, and the largest yellow diamond in the world at 281.25 carats.

the Cora Sun Drop Diamond
Photo credit: YouTube / IGI Shanghai

2. Yellow Sapphires

The main cause of color in yellow sapphires is the trace element iron.

In general, the higher the concentration of iron, the higher the saturation of the color and the wider the color range.

Yellow Sapphires
Photo credit: Gross & Currens, David Gross Group

Yellow sapphires range in color from light yellow to canary yellow, golden yellow, honey yellow, and light brownish yellow. The most popular shade is canary yellow.

Yellow sapphires

Because they present more choices in terms of color variety and cutting potential, yellow sapphires may be considered great alternatives to yellow diamonds.

While the main source of yellow sapphires is Sri Lanka, they also originate in Tanzania, Madagascar, Thailand, and Australia.

3. Golden Beryl

Emerald, Aquamarine, and Golden Beryl are all members of the beryl family. Mineralogists and gemologists call Golden Beryl “Heliodor,” which is derived from two Greek words – helios and Doron – which combine to mean “gift from the sun.”

Golden Beryl
Photo credit: John Dyer

The color of golden beryl varies from yellow-green, orange, brown, tawny, lemon yellow, and other descriptors, depending on the iron content.

Golden Beryl
Photo credit: johnjbradshaw

Beryl is most commonly found in granitic pegmatites. The main mining areas are Austria, Germany, Madagascar, and Northwest China.

4. Yellow Citrine

Citrine is a variety of quartz with a Mohs hardness of 7. It’s color ranges from pale yellow to brown, depending on its iron content. That color can be generally divided into light yellow, yellow, yellow-orange, orange, etc.

Yellow Citrine
Photo credit: AGTA

The main source of citrine is Brazil.

Natural citrine
Photo credit: AGTA

is rare and most citrine on the market is heat-treated.

5. Yellow Topaz

The name topaz comes from tapas, the Sanskrit word for flame. As a natural gemstone, its most common color is yellow (most blue topaz on the market is color-treated with irradiation). The “sherry” color, with orange tones, is considered by many to be the highest grade of topaz.

Yellow Topaz
Photo credit: AGTA

Topaz typically crystallizes in granitic pegmatites.

It’s commonly found in Brazil, Mexico, Saxony, Scotland, Japan and numerous other countries.

6. Yellow Tourmaline

Color in tourmaline is complex and variable. Yellow in tourmaline can be light yellow, yellow, brownish yellow, yellowish-brown, orange, greenish-yellow, as well as a number of other yellow-tinted descriptors.

Tourmaline has a trigonal crystal system. Mineralogically, it is divided into lithium tourmaline and magnesium tourmaline. Yellow tourmaline is a type of lithium tourmaline.

Yellow Tourmaline
Photo credit: ajsgem

Mainly found in granitic pegmatites, primary sources of tourmaline are Brazil, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Mozambique, and China.

Dancing into 2021

Crafted from a “superb fabric of gold and diamonds,” the sun-colored dress of Van Cleef & Arpels Robe Couleur du Soleil clip features yellow diamonds, yellow tourmalines, yellow sapphires, spessartine garnets, and white diamonds.

From the Maison’s high jewelry collection “Peau d’Âne raconté par Van Cleef & Arpels,” she serves as our final dancing, the scintillating celebration of Illuminating Yellow – Pantone’s Color Of The Year for 2021.

IGI celebrates Pantone’s Color Of The Year in Gemstones
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

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