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Do you know diamonds come in a wide range of colours? 

Yes, they do. In fact, yellow or canary diamonds are some of the most beautiful diamonds in existence.

Are you thinking of a unique engagement ring to propose to your partner? Then you should consider canary diamonds.

Canary diamond engagement rings are a perfect way to add some personality to your proposal. Not only are they stunning to look at, but they also have a symbolic meaning of long-lasting love and happiness. 

In this blog post, we will explore canary diamonds and why they’re such a special choice for engagement rings. Come along!


What are Canary Diamonds?

Canary diamonds are yellow diamonds named after the canary bird. This yellow colour is caused by a natural process of irradiation over time.

Canary diamonds are great for engagement rings. They are renowned for their unique colour caused by existing nitrogen impurities in the diamond. Canary diamonds are rare and sold at a higher price than many other diamonds.

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Types of Canary Diamonds

There are three main types of canary diamonds: natural, enhanced and synthetic.

Natural canary diamonds are the rarest and most valuable type. They are mined from the earth and have not been subjected to any treatments or enhancements. They are often found in mines in South Africa and Brazil.

Enhanced canary diamonds are natural diamonds that have been treated with chemicals or irradiation to improve their colour. These treatments are not permanent, and the diamond will lose its canary colour over time.

Synthetic canary diamonds are lab-created diamonds designed to mimic the appearance of natural canary diamonds. Synthetic diamonds are much less expensive than natural or enhanced canary diamonds.


Why Propose With a Canary Diamond Engagement Ring?

A canary diamond is a perfect choice if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring.  


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A canary diamond engagement ring is a beautiful way to show your partner how special they are. And thanks to the diamond’s rarity, the engagement ring is even more special and valuable. 

Proposing with a canary diamond engagement ring shows your partner that you are willing to go above and beyond to make them feel loved and cherished. 


Pros and Cons of Canary Diamonds

There are many pros to choosing a canary diamond ring. 

  • First, they are beautiful and eye-catching. If you want an engagement ring that stands out, this is a great option. 

  • They are durable, so you won’t have to worry about them getting damaged easily.

However, there are also some cons to consider before making a big purchase.

  • They tend to be more expensive than white diamonds (although this will vary depending on the stone’s quality). 
  • Another is that because of their yellow colour, they may look aged and antique-like.

Maintenance of Canary Diamonds

Though canary diamond engagement rings are durable and strong, they still require some maintenance. If you want to keep your ring sparkling and looking its best at all times, here are some crucial measures to put in place.

  1. Handle with care: Make sure you handle your canary diamonds with extreme care. Remove your ring when participating in activities that could damage it, such as swimming, gardening or household chores. 

  2. Clean with gentle solutions: The best way to clean your canary diamond engagement ring is by using a soft, lint-free cloth and warm water. 

    You can also use a mild soap if you wish, but be sure to rinse out all the soap before drying your ring with the cloth. Also, avoid using harsh chemicals, cleaners or abrasives, as these can damage the stone or dull your diamond’s finish.

  3. Store properly: When you’re not wearing your ring, store it in a soft cloth pouch or jewellery box lined with soft material. This will help protect the stone from scratches or other damage.

  4. Get it checked regularly: Have your ring checked by a professional jeweller every three to six months to ensure that the setting is secure and that there are no loose stones. This is especially important if you wear your ring daily.

With proper care, your canary diamond ring will last a lifetime.


Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Difference Between a Canary Diamond and a Regular Diamond?

Canary diamonds have no traces of whiteness at all. And while regular diamonds come in several colours, including yellow, they are not as vibrant as canary diamonds.

But what makes canary diamonds so unique? Their intense colour is due to a high nitrogen concentration in the diamond’s crystal structure, which gives them a unique hue not found in other diamonds.  

Are Canary Diamonds the Same as Yellow Diamonds?

Although yellow diamonds are often called canary diamonds, they are not entirely the same. Only a few yellow diamonds are true canary diamonds. The GIA colour grading scale for canary diamonds ranges from

  • Faint

  • Very Light

  • Light

  • Fancy Light

  • Fancy

  • Fancy Intense

  • Fancy Vivid

  • Fancy Deep

A canary diamond is usually a Fancy Intense or Fancy Vivid yellow, and it costs about 45% more than a regular yellow diamond.


Protect Your Canary Diamond With Specialised Jewellery Insurance

Surprise your partner with a unique engagement ring that can last forever and be passed down to future generations. A canary diamond engagement ring fits perfectly into this picture and is a thoughtful way to show your undying love for your partner.

However, without proper protection, your engagement ring can get lost or damaged—and this can be devastating.

Protect your engagement ring with an insurance policy from Q Report. It includes coverage for loss, theft or damage of your engagement ring.

With additional features like

  • Annual revaluation

  • No-impact claims

  • Agreed value policy

  • Choice of jeweller 

…and dedicated in-house consultant, your engagement ring is protected with Q Report.

Q Report is more than just comprehensive insurance for your engagement ring—it's personalised help from jewellery experts, not insurance salespeople. Get an instant quote and learn why thousands of Australians trust Q Report to insure their engagement rings.


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