Guide to Coloured Diamonds & Coloured Diamond Engagement Rings
Introducing the rarest and most beautiful miracles of nature, natural fancy coloured diamonds. Coloured diamonds are amongst the world’s rarest natural resources and have for centuries been the symbol of strength, purity, status and power. It is worth stating how rare fancy coloured diamonds are.For every 10,000 carats of white diamonds mined each year there are only 5-10 carats of coloured diamonds found. Coloured diamonds evoke a sense of romance and luxury. Their scarcity and stunning beauty make them spectacular additions to any collection. Not to mention, they are highly valuable.In recent years we have seen an increase in demand towards coloured diamonds. As fashions change, so has the traditional design of the diamond engagement ring. Creative jewellery designers have taken advantage of these beautiful coloured diamonds in modern engagement ring design.Coloured diamonds are also referred to as “fancy colour diamonds” and come in a range of cuts and colour strengths with the intense and vivid coloured diamonds being the most rare.
With fancy colour diamonds, colour is the dominant value factor. In the normal range, value is based on the absence of colour where colourless diamonds are the rarest. With fancy colour diamonds, the ones outside the normal colour range are the rarest and most valuable. This includes hues of saturated pinks, blues, yellows and greens. In all cases, even very slight colour differences can have a big impact on value.
Yellow diamonds are the most commonly known and sought coloured diamond. According to colour psychology, Yellow is the colour of Knowledge, Intellect and Wisdom. It is uplifting, illuminating, cheerful and fun – it is the best colour to provide optimism and enthusiasm. All great features to go along with a newly established life as a married couple.
Yellow Diamonds also known as Canary Diamonds are the most sought of all fancy coloured diamonds. In recent years the Yellow Diamond has gained incredible popularity, its Yellow glow speaks for itself radiating life and brilliance.
Yellow Diamonds originate across the globe. That being said the most intense Yellow Diamonds hail from South Africa. They come in all shapes and sizes and like other fancy coloured diamonds sometimes are found with a unique colour combination. That being said natural yellow diamonds with secondary hues are less valuable than pure Yellow Diamonds which is also referred to as a Canary Yellow Diamond.
It is a matter of personal taste – they look stunning no matter how they are set on an engagement ring.
If you have ever lay eyes upon a natural pink diamond, then you have certainly been mesmerised by their magnificence. Pink Diamonds are rarer than rare making their glowing beauty looking elegant in any engagement ring or jewellery collection.
It is worth noting that for fancy coloured diamonds the most dominant “C”, colour overlooks its other characteristics, consisting on clarity, carat and cut when determining value and grading which is most evident in the case of Argyle Pink Diamonds, which value increases hand in hand with the intensity of the colour.
The Argyle Diamond Mine is a diamond mine located in the East Kimberley region in the remote north of Western Australia. Argyle is virtually the largest diamond producer in the world and the only known significant source of pink diamonds, producing over 90% of the world’s supply.
According to The Argyle Diamond Mine, a pink diamond can cost 20 times the price of its white equivalent (as far as can be compared). As with other coloured diamonds, pink diamonds can be graded faint, very light, light, fancy light, fancy intense, fancy deep and fancy vivid. And like other hues, the stronger the colour, the higher the price tag.
Pink diamonds often feature secondary hues – an additional modifying colour. The most common modifying colours are orange, brown and purple. These diamonds would be described in the certificate as orange pink, brown pink and purple pink. As with other coloured diamonds, pink diamonds can be graded faint, very light, light, fancy light, fancy intense, fancy deep and fancy vivid. And like other hues, the stronger the color, the higher the price tag.
With the Argyle Pink Diamond mine expected to be exhausted by 2018 they are becoming natural artefacts of the world. It is no wonder that pink diamonds are rarer than rare.