It is said that just one in every 10,000 natural diamonds can be classed as a fancy colour diamond. Coloured diamonds are hugely popular at the moment and we can understand why. These rare gems are truly magical. But where do they come from and what are the different colours? Read on as we get to grips with these illustrious stones.
Exceptional diamond colour can be traced to the lattice of carbon atoms that form a diamondís microscopic structure. Over billions of years, coloured diamonds were formed through exposure to heat, natural radiation or the saturation of natural elements. These incredibly rare processes result in beautiful tones and deep saturations of colour.
Are Coloured Diamonds More Expensive?
This is one of the questions we are asked most about coloured Diamonds. Even though that coloured diamonds are extremely rare, being less than 0.1% of the number of mined diamonds (some say less than 0.01%), there is actually a very nice selection of diamonds colours with prices that are much more affordable than those of white diamonds.
While there are thousands of diamond colours, there are some that are more affordable than others. Relatively affordable coloured diamonds include Grey, Brown and Fancy Yellow Diamonds, whilst you can expect to pay higher prices for Pink, Purple, Violet, Green and Blue diamonds. But the price of a diamond ultimately depends on the saturation, hue and tone of the colour itself, it can vary significantly.
Which Diamond Colour is the rarest?
Only one colour is without a doubt, the rarest diamond colour which is also the most expensive; the Red diamond. They come only in a Fancy intensity and the colour modifiers for them are purplish (purplish red diamonds) and brownish. Pure red diamonds almost donít exist. The most known red diamond is the Mousaieff Red Ė a 5.11ct Pure Red diamond.
The Popularity of Coloured Diamonds
The beauty of coloured diamonds, is that they come in a plethora of colours, so their versatility makes them desirable for a number of styles. Coloured diamonds are ever popular with celebrities as well, many taking advantage of the wide spectrum of colours in various hues to tailor make their perfect ring.
Take a look at Iggy Azalea's ring!
Do the Four Cís still matter?
In the Fancy colour market, only one thing matters Ė the quality of the diamondís colour. So, in reality, cut is important for Fancy colours. But itís a cut that brings out the stoneís colour which matters, and not the cut which maximizes symmetry and light return. And most often, these two approaches are diametrically opposed.
We hope this has helped explain some of the differences between white diamonds and colour diamonds. If you are on the lookout for one of these truly aspirational gems, why not get in touch with one of our expert team members at Hatton Jewels who will be more than willing to help you choose a coloured diamond for your needs.