For as long as can be remembered the tell tale sign of the perfect diamond was flawless color, or to be precise, the lack there of. However, with the recent changes in the trends in fashion came the emergence of a new trend in diamonds: the emergence of the colored diamond as a must have. Often referred to as fancy colored diamonds, colored diamonds are now available in a variety of shades and tones depending on you personal style preference.
What Causes Colors in Diamonds?
Diamonds are found in nature in a variety of colors. Those colors include yellow, blue, pink, red, black, orange, green, and brown. The impurities or structural defects in the diamond during formation determine the color and intensity of the stone.
Pink and Red Diamonds
The rarest naturally colored diamonds are pink diamonds. Naturally occurring pink diamonds are so rare that many jewelers will actually never see one. In fact their rarity puts them in the category of some of the most expensive diamonds on the market today. The red diamond is among the rarest jewels on earth. The jewels are so rare in fact that there is very little information known about their formation or the variety of shades available for them. The most famous red diamond is the Moussaieff Red Diamond that was found in the mid 1990’s.
Blue diamonds are formed when traces of boron are present during the creation process. The most famous of all the blue diamonds is the Hope Diamond which is an astounding 45.52 carats. Though there are a variety of blue diamond shades ranging from a very pale blue to a deep navy, the most commonly found diamonds are aquamarines.
Naturally occurring diamonds are a result of multiple inclusions in the stone usually caused by graphite. The dark inclusions in the graphite typically result in an opaque diamond. The high inclusions also make the stone difficult to cut and easy to fracture.
There is now a diamond for everyone no matter what their style preferences are. Whether you choose a naturally occurring stone or the manufactured variety is up to you. With all the advancements in technology and options there is no limit to the amount of diamonds that you collect and you have the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision.