The celebrity world is inundated with color - fancy colored diamonds that is. It's a trend that is making its way into the popular culture with growing intensity. Who can forget the amazing six-carat pink diamond ring Jennifer Lopez sported during her engagement to actor Ben Affleck? British singer Seal recently presented his wife, supermodel Heidi Klum, with her own stunning canary-yellow diamond. And catching the attention of the media and public alike, Maria Carey was presented a 17-carat pink diamond ring by beau Nick Canon. The spectacular stone is surrounded by 58 smaller pink diamonds and two half moon-shaped diamonds.
Yellow and pink diamonds are topping today's charts as the most commonly sought-after stones, as attested to by the choices of today's movers and shakers. Other colors reaching the trend include orange, blue and green. These are particularly rare in nature, which means the demand for them will continue to shift prices upward. The rarest color is red. These are so rare that most diamond dealers have never laid eyes on one. Their worth can exceed $1,000,000 per carat. This is especially ironic as many colored diamonds are created from impurities within the stone. While diamonds are formed primarily of carbon, a few stray elements in small traces produce a colored diamond. Nitrogen gas creates a yellow or brownish color. Boron inclusions create the elusive blue hue. Some diamonds, such as the green, are exposed to radiation while being formed.
Clues to Fancy Colored Diamonds
Colored diamonds are named after the predominant hue of the stone. Secondary colors that may exist precede the primary hue. For instance a diamond with the predominant color of pink and a secondary color of purple would be expressed as "purplish pink," indicating the stone is predominantly pink with hints of purple. A diamond referred to as brown pink indicates the two colors are nearly even throughout the stone.
When judging the value of a colored stone, the "Four C's" apply, but the aspects applied to judge these qualities differ from colorless diamonds. Grading a colored diamond first begins by examining its basic hue, such as yellow, or blue. The second factor considered is the stone's intensity. Both of these elements help determine the diamond's worth.
A stone that is more intense in color is considered rarer and is therefore more expensive. So it follows that a fancy vivid yellow diamond is more expensive than a fancy light yellow diamond of equal size, shape and clarity.
The existence of a secondary hue can also boost the diamond's worth. For example, a purplish pink diamond may be worth more than a pink diamond, depending on the amount and intensity of the hue. Diamonds that contain a brownish tint typically decrease in value, making the stone more affordable.
While clarity can make or break the value of a white diamond, clarity is not the most important factor for a colored diamond as long as it is not apparent to the naked eye. Color is the most important issue to determine the stone's value. When it comes to carat weight, it's important to compare diamonds of similar characteristics, but for the most part, the larger the stone, the higher the price.
For some, fancy colored diamonds may be a bit of reach. However, less expensive gems are also available. Gemologists have created a method to transform less-desirable brown and yellow stones. By treating them with radiation, followed by a heat treatment, they can create an amazing rainbow of colors in greens, blues, reds, yellows, and more. Another more affordable alternative are synthetic diamonds. Grown in a laboratory from carbon, these stones are still considered real and obtain their colors by the right mix of impurities and radiation.
While most of us will not be sporting a six-carat Bennifer engagement ring anytime soon, growing education and advancements in technology give average consumers options galore in the colored diamond market.
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