Colored Diamonds

Colored Diamonds
Today, most people think of diamonds as colorless almost by definition, and so colored diamonds are at first a little baffling. Yet diamonds can be found in virtually all the colors of the rainbow. Different chemical compositions result in variations of colors. Those with a strong enough tint are called “fancy colored diamonds” or simply “fancies.” Any colored diamond is a truly rare gem. Specialists estimate that there is one fancy colored diamond for every ten thousand near-colorless ones. Among the many colors here are a few of the more desired .

Yellow is the second most commonly found color in diamond. Most yellow colorations are related to nitrogen (N). The diamonds classified by gemological laboratories as “intense” of “vivid” yellows are almost exclusively of this type. As nature would have it, such exceptional stones are also the rarest of all.

Some of the most fascinating colors in diamond are pink and its two close relatives, red and purple. Red and purple are among the rarest hues in diamonds, and pink is certainly one of the more attractive colors. Pure purple diamonds are even rarer. The cause of the color in pink diamonds remains inconclusive, though researchers believe that it is a crystal lattice defect similar to the cause of color in brown diamonds.

Blue diamonds have been sources of wonder for centuries. The best-known gem in the United States and perhaps the world is the Hope diamond, which weighs 45.52 carats. Blue diamonds contain very small amounts of boron (B). The more boron, the deeper the blue. Blue diamonds rarely have the depth of color of a blue sapphire, and some show a hint of gray.

Colored diamonds are more popular now than ever before. Even as they are receiving more notice today, natural colored diamonds remain rare, especially for colors other than gray, brown, and yellow. They play to the craving for the unusual and unknown in the public at large, as well as the desire for the authentic and the natural. Fancy colored diamonds have a bright future, as they have the timeless potential to fascinate both the artist and the craftsman and rouse the curiosity of the scientist.

A little reminder for any of your jewelry with channel set stones should be professionally checked every six to eight months. Although this way of setting is very secure, during normal wear stones can become loose and fall out.

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