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Every fancy colored diamonds boasts a distinctive combination of hue, and tone, and saturation that give it a brilliance and identity all its own. To truly capture the romance of each stone, certain shapes are essential, because they tend to maximize diamond color. Radiant and Princess shapes offer the most intense saturation. Oval and Pear shapes intensify the natural beauty of a fancy colored diamond.  Round shape fancy color diamonds are the rarest.

Part of the romance of these amazing natural phenomena is how little is known about them.  While yellows can vary widely from pale lemon to deep orange hues, they are all called canary diamonds.  Fancy pink diamonds account for fewer than 1% of all diamonds mined and can vary from pastel pinks to vivid shades that approach purple or red.

Part of the mystery of fancy colored diamonds lies in the fact that defy conventional rules. There are several conditions in nature that create colored diamonds. First, elements that create color can replace some carbon atoms in atomic matrix. For instance, the presence of nitrogen is responsible for yellow diamonds. Second, distortion in atomic structure caused by heat or pressure is believed to be the reason for creation of pink diamonds.

And the ways in which price is determined defies conventional diamonds tradition as well.  While cut, clarity, and carat weight affect the price of white diamonds, they are much less meaningful than color in determining the value for fancy colored diamonds.

To provide buyers with peace of mind, both GIA and EGL issue color grades on diamond stones they find to be natural color.  Larger fancy colored diamonds are sold exclusively using one of these reports.

The word “fancy” hardy describes these.... the world rarest gemstones. Coveted by kings and commoners alike, fancy colored diamonds occurs in nature dazzling colors that range from yellows and pink to exotic hues like blue, purple, even red.

Uniquely expressive, such diamonds have the power to inspire jewelry designers to new levels of creativity, increasing the beauty and diversity of a manufacturer’s jewelry line.

Only a few thousand carats of fancy colored rough diamonds of gem quality are mined each year, compared to ten millions of carats of white diamonds. That is primary reason fancy colored diamonds are regarded as more special than colorless diamonds.

The natural untreated diamonds provide exceptional material for creating distinctive jewelry pieces for today sophisticated woman to add to her jewelry wardrobes.

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Natural Color Diamonds
Miracles of Nature

Billions of years ago, deep in the earth, natural color diamonds were formed.  These breathtaking, wondrous stones were subject to such incredible heat and pressure, it’s amazing they found their way to the earth’s surface so intact and uniquely beautiful.

Natural color diamonds are renowned for their incomparable brilliance and broad palette of colors, including pinks, champagnes, cognacs, yellows, greens, and blues in an almost limitless variety of shades.  The presence of color in these diamonds is an entirely natural process, ensuring that every stone is one-of-a-kind.
Natural color diamonds are a unique, contemporary fashion twist on the standard white diamond.  They exude an unmistakenable warmth, beauty and sophistication; making them an ideal way for a woman to express her own unique personality.

  • Naturally Rare, Uncommonly Beautiful
    The Physical conditions necessary to color a diamond naturally occur very scarcely, making natural color diamonds extremely rare.  How rare? For every natural color diamond, there are 10,000 colorless ones.
    The formation of natural color diamonds is a process that requires the presence of trace elements as well as distortions to the typical diamond crystal.  If an element interacts with carbon atoms during diamond creation, the diamond’s color can change.  Radiation and pressure on a diamond’s structure can impact its color as well.
    The presence of nitrogen can impart yellow or orange shades to a diamond, while boron colors it blue and hydrogen produces unique violet hues.
    Tremendous pressure exerted on a diamond deep in the earth can compress its structure, creating a red, pink, purple or brown stone.
    Natural radiation over millions of years generates green and blue diamonds ranging from aqua to teal.
  • Guidelines for Buying Natural Color Diamonds
     Diamonds are bought on the basis of the 4 Cs:  Cut, Clarity, Carat, and Color.  But the value of the natural color diamond usually depends on the rarity of its color than on any of the other 3 Cs, including carat weight.  This is because some colors occur in a wide range of sizes and shapes,  while others are rare even in the smallest sizes.
    Since natural color diamonds come in such a wide range of colors and no two are identical, it is difficult to develop a grading system that can capture the special character of each individual stone.  Experts at both the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the International Gemological Institute (IGI) have three parameters by which they describe color for these exquisite diamonds:
    1. Hue
    Hue refers to the dominant color of the stone, such as pink, blue, or yellow.  There can also be modifiers, or tints, which imparts more 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.
    2. Tone
    Tone refers to how much lightness or darkness a stone appears to retain.  Tones can range from light to dark.
    3. Saturation
    Saturation describes the strength  and intensity of the hue.  The saturation of light diamonds can vary from pastel to vivid to intense.  Dark diamonds can range in saturation from dark to deep.
  • Sunshine in a Stone
    Yellow diamonds are cherished for their subtly dramatic appeal.  The glow of a yellow stone illuminates a woman with an aura, no matter which shades she chooses.
    1. Origin
    Light to vivid yellow diamonds are found in different countries, but most large and intense yellow have been discovered in South Africa.
    2. Fast Fact
    The first diamond ever to be authenticated in Africa was the Eureka, a pale yellow stone weighing 10.7 carats. It was discovered in 1866 by the child of a Boar farmer, in a small hole probably made by a Bushman digging for roots.
  • Earthy Beauty
    From subtle champagnes to rich cognacs, brown diamonds are the new classic.  Their golden tones make them a softer, gentler alternative to the colorless diamond; and their natural color makes the perfect choice for timeless jewelry with a contemporary feel.
    1. Origin
    Champagnes and cognac diamonds are found throughout southern Africa, Siberia and Australia, where the Argyle Diamond Mine is the world’s largest producer of these stones.
    2. Fast Fact
    About $5 billion of champagne and cognac diamond jewelry is sold annually throughout the world, easily making these stones the most accessible of all natural color diamonds.
  • Red-Hot Pink
    Fashion forward and beguiling, pink diamonds are considered the treasure of treasures. A pink diamond is the ultimate symbol of love, grace and femininity.
    1. Origin
    Pink diamonds have only been found in a few mines around the world.  India, Brazil and Tanzania all produced notable pink diamonds in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Today, the Argyle mine in northwestern Australia is the only mine in the world to produce a consistent volume of pink diamonds.
    2. Fast Fact
    A whole year of Argyle’s intense pink diamond production can be held in the palm of one hand.  Once a year, Argyle issues a special release of its finest pink diamonds to an exclusive clientele.  These stones are so rare, Argyle must produce 1 million carats of rough diamonds to come up with one carat suitable for sale in this special Tender.
  • Glamorous Blue
    The powerful color of the sea and the sky meet in these exceptional gems.  Blue diamonds are considered extremely rare, and each shade is exquisite.
    1. Origin
    The Cullinan mine near Pretoria is the world’s only notable blue diamond producing mine.
    2. Fast Fact
    The most famous diamond in the world is probably the Hope diamond, an extraordinary deep blue stone of 45.52 carats. It was brought from India to Europe in the 17th century, and sold to King Louis XIV of France. Due to a string of misfortunes surfaced by its subsequent owners, the Hope Diamond became a legendary symbol of bad luck. It is now part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection.

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