Natural fancy colored diamonds are the ‘Rembrandts’ of the diamond industry.

Colored diamonds are not what you normally visualize when you think about diamonds. What your mind’s eye rather sees is a crystal clear diamond with no perceivable color. Such clear colorless stones still remain the traditional and popular choice. However, diamonds do come in every color imaginable. From Yellow, Green and Blue to Pink and Red and much more. Vivid shades of the rainbow with limitless variations!

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So Where does color come from?

Phenomenal conditions create natural color diamonds. Minute quantities of trace elements interact with carbon atoms bringing about the natural color in these spellbinding gemstones.

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Diamonds with a detectable natural hue, are known as natural color diamonds. If the color is strong enough, the diamond is referred to as a natural fancy colored diamond.

In the past few years, colored diamonds have taken the jewelry market by storm with pink, blue & yellow fancy stones being greatly sought after by those who are able to afford these rare & luxurious substitutes to white.

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8.05Cts Black Diamond Engagement Extraordinary Ring Set in 18K White Rose Gold 14k Gold Round-cut Brown Natural Fancy Cognac Diamond Ring

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Their rarity & beauty makes these gemstones worth well into the millions. The high scarcity and skyrocketing demand for colored diamonds is making them not just a girl’s best friend but an investor’s too.

In the last twenty years or so, rare fancy color diamonds have seen upto thirty-fold increase in value. The appreciation is mainly fuelled by the need of investors to find alternative avenues of investment to secure their wealth and to protect inheritance for the next generation.

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Most people are still not aware that diamonds exist in colors other than white & when they come to know that they do, they are fascinated. The rare & the beautiful always remain in demand.

How does a diamond become colored?

The development of natural color diamonds is a process that needs not only the original magical recipe for diamond creation, namely that of unimaginable heat & pressure placed on carbon crystals, but also the presence of additional trace elements as well.

A diamond is nothing but a crystallized isotope of carbon. The majority of natural diamonds develop in the high pressure & high temperature conditions existing at extreme depths of 140 kms to 190 kms within the Earth’s Mantle. Carbon or carbon containing minerals provide the seed carbon source. The miraculous metamorphosis of carbon into a diamond crystal happens over a period of hundreds of millions of years.

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Purer the carbon seed and the more perfect the crystalline lattice structure, clearer and more colorless is the resulting diamond. However, the conditions in which a diamond develops are far removed from the ideal and sanitized conditions of a laboratory.

Round Brilliant Cut Blue Diamond Earring Studs

Round Brilliant Cut Blue Diamond Earring Studs

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At times the crystalline structure of the diamond gets distorted by the immense pressure at those depths. At other times, the seed carbons source gets impregnated with impurities like nitrogen, boron or hydrogen and many a times both the above factors occur together.

Occasionally, a diamond can also get exposed to a source of radioactivity during its formative years. Mostly, such radiation comes in the form of alpha and beta particles emitted by underground uranium compounds or by seeping groundwater.

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Depending on the type of impurity or crystalline distortion or exposure to radioactivity, the resulting diamond absorbs certain spectrum of light and reflects others. We perceive the color of the diamond based on the reflected spectrum of light.

Though all natural fancy colored diamonds are rare wonders of nature, there are differences in degree of rarity among the colors. Natural fancy Red diamonds, together with natural fancy Pink, Blue, Pure Orange, Green and Violet are among the rarest of natural fancy colored diamonds. Yellow and brown diamonds are comparatively more common.

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Yellow-Diamonds

The most common color-causing factor in fancy colored diamonds is the occurrence of trace elements within the chemical composition of a diamond. As a case in point, Nitrogen impurities impart a yellow tinge. We all know that nitrogen is among the most plentiful constituent of our environment. The air we breathe is seventy percent nitrogen. And sure enough, a vast majority of diamonds show yellowy shades.

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Argyle Fancy Light Orangy Pink Cushion Diamond Ring (0.51Ct TW) Fancy Light Purplish Pink & Half Moon Diamond Ring (1.15Ct TW)
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Under different conditions, Boron contamination causes the diamond to look blue. Such blue diamonds (gray-blue, grayish blue, blackish blue or black-blue colored diamonds) are inconceivably rare and supremely valuable.

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Violet-Diamonds

Violet diamonds owe their color to presence of hydrogen in their crystalline lattice structure. They can display deep violet hues with gray or silver modifying colors. Natural fancy violet diamonds with a Violet hue are incredibly rare in nature.

Since natural fancy violet diamonds are virtually non-existent, there has been a considerable debate as to whether these gemstones actually exist or not. However, it is a fact that natural fancy violet diamonds do exist and are separate from natural fancy Purple diamonds.

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Colored-Diamonds

It is thought that the intense pressure beneath the Earth’s surface causes a non-reversible change in the crystal lattice of the diamond causing it to absorb certain spectrum of light and producing color. The tremendous pressure exerted on the diamond deep in the earth abnormally compresses  & distorts its crystalline structure, thus creating a purple, brown, red or pink diamond.

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A shower of natural radiation during the process of creation of a diamond can impact its color. Green diamond hues are a result of such natural radiation in the earth.

MODIFIERS

Almost all colored diamonds exhibit multiple spectral hues. The predominant color is mingled with modifiers, one or more additional colors that factor in the overall impression. The combination of modifying colors contributing to a colored diamond’s final appearance also contributes to the final per carat price of a gem.

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Fancy Intense Yellow Cushion Diamond Double Halo Ring (1.56Ct TW) Fancy Intense Yellow Cushion Diamond Halo Ring (1.45Ct TW)
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Natural colored diamonds are graded for color in a different way than white diamonds. They are graded in the following order: faint, very light, light, fancy light, fancy, fancy dark, fancy intense, fancy deep, and fancy vivid. With most natural colored diamonds, the more desirable stones are the ones closer to fancy vivid.

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Faint Pink Radiant & Triangle Diamond Ring (1.66Ct TW) Ruby & Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Halo Ring (1.09Ct TW)
Of extraordinary beauty…an 0.86 carat, GIA certified, Faint Pink, radiant diamond with and Internally Flawless clarity, mounted in a platinum and rose gold ring setting. The halo around the center diamond is mounted in rose gold and set with matching pink round brilliant diamonds. The outer halo and shank are set with colorless round brilliants. The ring is also set with colorless triangles on either side of the center stone. A superb round Ruby & Fancy Intense Yellow diamond ring mounted in 18K white and yellow gold. The ring is set with a beautiful vivid round Ruby, surrounded by Fancy Intense Yellow round brilliants around the inner halo, and colorless round brilliants around the outer halo and along the shank.

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Colored diamonds can range from under $2,000 per carat for some orangy brown diamonds to more than $22,000 per carat for fancy pink brown diamonds, amply demonstrating the effect of modifying colors on the final value of colored diamonds.

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Fancy colored diamonds fall into a whole other category from white diamonds. Usually, shoppers looking for fancy colored diamonds have different needs than those looking for white diamonds.

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Platinum Fancy Yellow Radiant & Triangle Diamond Ring (1.25Ct TW) Internally Flawless Fancy Yellow Cushion Diamond (2.50Ct TW)
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“If gems are the flowers of the mineral kingdom, fancy color diamonds are the orchids” (R. J. Huay, 1817).

These poignant words, written by French mineralogist R.J. Huay, perfectly express the appeal of colored diamonds as exotic and rare beauties of nature. Diamonds come in the largest variety of colors of any known natural gemstone. The two most famous diamonds in the world are colored diamonds. The Tiffany Diamond is a magnificent Fancy Yellow, 128.54 carat diamond and the Hope Diamond is a stunning blue, weighing 45.52 carats.

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Argyle Pink & Greenish Yellow Diamond Cross-over Halo Ring (1.18Ct TW) Fancy Light Pink Cushion Diamond Double Halo Ring (0.95Ct TW)
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Colored diamonds are very much in vogue these days. The rage for these stones was triggered by celebrities sporting them on the Red Carpet. Moreover, when A-list figures, like Jennifer Lopez & Victoria Beckham received pink diamond engagement & eternity rings, curiosities were bound to be fueled. And where the celebrities go, high fashion follows.

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Fancy Pink Round Diamond Halo Ring (1.36Ct TW)
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