When most people think about diamonds, it’s the clear, bright, colorless variety that comes to mind. Many are unaware that nature produces an array of colored diamonds that offer a chance for wearers to try something different and to express the more unique aspects of their personality and style. Colored diamonds are becoming a hot trend, and their rarity makes them a solid investment option.
How are Colored Diamonds Created?
All diamonds are formed through geological processes that take millions of years. The convergence of enormous pressure and unbelievably high levels of heat compress carbon elements together, forming rough diamond rocks. When elements other than carbon are present in particulate volumes, colored diamonds result. Different colors are produced by the introduction of various elements. For example, when Boron bonds with carbon, the result is a shade of blue. When diamonds are exposed to naturally occurring radiation in the Earth’s crust, a green tint is added to a colorless diamond. Certain types of heat and pressure can cause the crystals within a diamond to distort, leading to a pink or red shade.
Are They Valuable?
Diamonds themselves are rare, which is part of what makes them so valuable to humans across the globe. Colorless diamonds are the most common type of diamonds. When a diamond takes on a red, pink, blue, green, yellow, gray or violet tone, it becomes even rarer and therefore valuable. The scarcity of these stones makes them highly sought after and increases their value.
Colored diamonds are graded according to the standards of the Gemological Association of America. Depending on how vivid the hue, colored diamonds are assigned a grade that ranges from Faint to Fancy Vivid. The deeper the color, the more valuable the stone.
What are the Rarest Colored Diamonds?
Opinions vary among professionals, however, diamonds that take on violet, red, or purple hues are widely assumed to be the rarest in the world. Accordingly, these diamonds hold the highest value and are sought after by jewelers and their clients. Overall, colored diamonds are estimated to be 10,000 times rarer than the colorless diamonds that adorn so many fingers and throats.
At Snow’s Jewelry, our team of professionals is available and ready to discuss your jewelry needs. When it comes to colored diamonds, we are pleased to offer an array of choices and settings to suit virtually any taste. Contact us today to learn more about our services and experience, and to begin the search for your exquisite new piece of jewelry.