1930M.F. WormserOstrich Indust. in S. Afr. 11Towards the end of the series of wing quills, 3 or 4 plumes of the cock, instead of being pure white, are a particolour of black and white; these are called fancies or byocks.
[1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 123Many tinted stones are found, from the faintest tinge of yellow, green or bluish and but rarely rose, to the full coloured positive shades of orange, blue, green, and even brown (called fancy stones) and fetching a fancy price accordingly.]
1946J.R. McCarthyFire in Earth 210In the diamond trade they are called ‘fancies,’ the rare stones of well-marked colours. They may be red, pea green, apple green, rose, violet-blue, pale sapphire blue, absinthe green, golden brown, orange, and every colour and combination of colours extant.
1969J.M. WhiteLand God Made in Anger 279‘Fancies’ are coloured diamonds, produced by eccentric conditions of chemical content or of firing in the volcanic pipes...Fancies are not favoured by the public, and are therefore not greatly sought after by the trade.
1973A. HockingDiamonds 19Often a particular mine is noted for stones of a particular colour that it produces — and they are known in the trade as ‘fancies’.
1977Weekend Post 18 June (Suppl.) 2Diamonds occur naturally in five different shapes and nine colours — four of white and five yellow (Cape) — as well as the fancies, like reds, greens and blues.
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