Different colored diamond jewelry options
Diamonds are available in a wide variety of colors. Find out the colors and background information here.
When you think of diamonds, you think of those gorgeous colorless stones adorned by most engaged and married women, right? But I bet you didn’t know that diamonds are available in almost any color, from blue to red, and white to almost black.
Colored diamonds are much rarer than the colorless versions. It is estimated that there is one colored diamond for every 10,000 colorless (or near colorless) diamonds. The reason why some diamonds are colored is quite simple. A colored diamond is colored as such because of the light refracting from substances contained within the diamond itself.
Below I have outlined the colors of diamonds, and some background information that I hope you will find interesting.
The most common color of diamonds. Romans adorned rings with them around 1AD to 3AD. Modern connoisseurs were not impressed with them, so they were slated for industrial use. In the 1980’s, they regained popularity when Australian marketers promoted these diamonds as “champagne” and “cognac” diamonds.
There was an auction of a red diamond in 1987. It has been said that an agent for the Sultan of Brunei purchased it for the amount of $1 million dollars. This one particular sale has heightened the interest in colored diamonds.
After brown, yellow is the most common diamond color. These stones are found in abundance in Africa, where they are known as Cape stones. “Canary” diamonds, which have the deepest and most intense color of any of the yellow diamonds, is the rarest of the yellow diamonds.
Blue diamonds, which can also be grayish in appearance, are incredibly rare. They have been found in many areas of the world including India, South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, and Australia. The most famous blue diamond is the Hope diamond, which has a reputation to bring bad luck to whomever owns it.
Typically found in Brazil, they can also be found in India and Africa. Many times black diamonds are artificially produced. When a low-clarity faceted diamond is irradiated, it turns a blue or green color, which appears to be black.
Although green diamonds are commonly found, the color is most always lost when the stone is faceted. The very thin surface layer of the green diamond, which produces its color, is shaved of when it is faceted. The famous green diamond, Dresden Green, is a 41-carat diamond that is well known for its apple-green coloration throughout the stone. It has been thought that it is of Indian origin, but many experts feel that it is from Brazil.
Pink, Red and Purple: Pink, red and purple diamonds are all closely related. The Argyle mine, in Western Australia, has become famous since the 1980’s for producing some of the highest quality of pink and red diamonds. Within just the last few years, it has been quoted that this mine received $1.6 million dollars for a top-grade pink diamond that weighed in at just under a carat. Violet and orange diamonds have also been found in the Argyle mine. These colors were not known to exist until found in Australia.