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The Colors of Natural Diamonds
The beautiful earth tones of natural champagne diamonds range from subtle champagnes to rich cognacs and dark chocolate. Their golden tones make them a softer, gentler and sometimes more affordable talternative to the colorless diamond.
The golden sunshine of natural fancy yellow diamonds is highly prized for engagement rings. This happy color ranges from pale to vivid. While still rarely found in nature, the yellow diamond is the least rare of the natural fancies.
The beautiful pink diamond brings a soft femininity to an engagement ring. Naturally occuring in a full range of interesting hues, from salmon to purple, your unique pink diamond engagement ring can perfectly match your style.
Fancy blues range from very light shades through to a steel blue hue, and derive their color from boron impurities. Highly sought after yet extremely rare, this diamond might be considered earths most valuable treasure.
Color enhanced natural diamonds are earth-mined diamonds that are treated to create their permanent, rich jewel tones, saturated throughout the body of the diamond. After they are faceted, they are treated in a couple of different ways, which include electronic beam and high heat. The treatments simulate what actually happens in nature to give diamonds color.
Color enhanced diamonds typically have more intense color than you will find in nature, however, the cost is usually a fraction of what the natural, untreated diamond would be. This is a permanent treatment not to be confused with coating.
Origin: The creationof a natural color diamond is nothing short of a miracle. In addition to the extreme conditions that must be present for a diamond to form inside the Earth, minute amounts of trace elements must also interact with the carbon atoms to permanently alter the color. It is estimated that a diamond has only a 1 in 10,000 chance of possessing any natural color, regardless of the spectral hue, which makes any fancy colored diamond a true natural wonder.
Clarity grades can be assigned to fancy colored diamonds the same way as diamonds in the colorless range, however, clarity is not one of the most important factors in determining the value of natural color diamond. It is a consideration in the valuation, but not a critical factor. In other words, a natural color diamond with deeper color and lower clarity is considered more desirable than one with lighter color and higher clarity. Often times, the unaided eye cannot detect inclusions in a fancy colored diamond because these characteristics blend in with the diamond’s color.
Cut is also not considered a critical factor in valuating a natural color diamond, since the diamond is typically fashioned to enhance the color as much as possible while retaining the maximum amount of weight from the rough crystal. This practice lends itself to brilliant cut styles, as opposed to step-faceted, with deeper cut proportions and thicker girdles on finished diamonds. The most common shapes found in large fancy colored diamonds are radiant cuts and cushion cuts.
Shape: Though rounds are by far the most popular shape for diamonds in the colorless range, fancy colored diamonds do not hold color as well in this shape. Premium-Ideal cut proportions in rounds can improve the "face-up” color of a diamond in the normal range, but will actually cause the strength of the color in a fancy colored diamond to appear weaker due to the way light performs.
Strength of Color
Diamonds in the colorless (D-Z) range usually decrease in value as the color becomes more apparent. The opposite is true with fancy-colored diamonds. In fact, the single most important value factor that affects the rarity of a fancy colored diamond is color. Fancy-colored diamonds are found in nearly every color of the rainbow. Red, green, purple, and orange are the rarest colors, followed by pink and blue. Yellow and brown are the most common fancy colors; therefore, they are the most affordable. Aside from the spectral hue, the purity and strength of the color also affect rarity.
Hue refers to the dominant color of the stone, such as pink, blue, or yellow. There can also be modifiers, or tints, which impart more than one color to a stone. For instance, a purplish-pink diamond indicates a stone with a principal pink hue and a slight purple tint. If no modifiers or tints exist in a stone, then the hue is said to be pure.
Tone refers to how much lightness or darkness a stone appears to retain. The range of tones goes from light to dark.
Saturation describes the strength or intensity of the hue. The saturation of light diamonds can very from pastel to vivid and intense. Dark diamonds can range from dark to deep.