What is color?
Natural Color Diamonds have been unearthed in every color of the rainbow, the physical conditions necessary to color a diamond naturally occurs very scarcely, making natural color diamonds extremely rare. It is estimated, that only a 1 in 10,000 chance that any diamond will possess any natural color, whether that color is pink, green, yellow, blue, brown, gray or any shade of the color spectrum.
Natural colored diamonds have long been valued for their rarity; coveted by many, but owned by few. In the world of luxury products, natural colored diamonds are likened to works of art, hidden treasures, and rare books. They speak the language of exclusivity, desirability, and collectability.
Through the diamond loupe. - For fancy-colored diamonds, color far surpasses the other “Cs” (clarity, cut, and carat weight) when establishing value. Therefore, it is critical to understand color appearances and how they affect color grades and descriptions. While everyone thinks they understand color, for most it is an intuitive response rather than a true knowledge of the ordering of color appearances.
Where does color come from? - Incredible circumstances created natural color diamonds. Minute amounts of trace elements interacting with carbon atoms brought about the natural color in these diamonds. Tiny amounts of nitrogen created yellow and orange shades. Boron created blues, and hydrogen produced violet. Tremendous pressure occasionally would realign or twist the diamond’s crystal structure, creating red, pink, purple and brown diamonds. Millions of years of natural radiation produced green diamonds with limitless variations in color.
Rarity & Value
What effects value? - The rarer the color, the more valuable the Natural Color Diamond. Some diamonds can contain secondary colors (modifier), which could increase or decrease the diamond’s value.