Colored diamonds are being propelled into popular culture with celebrities flaunting them on the red carpet and jewelry stores offering more options than ever. “Colored diamonds” aren't dyed, the coloration of the diamond is completely natural, meaning that it was discovered in the mine already having a beautiful hue. These diamonds come in a rainbow of different colors!
The color in colored diamonds occurs when foreign elements are trapped during the crystallization process of diamond formation, creating these rare colored diamonds. Though there are many shades, there are five main colors these diamonds are found in: blue, green, pink/red, yellow/orange, and purple/violet. The color of the diamond depends on which element is trapped during the crystallization process. And the colors occur in different intensities; the more intense the color, the more rare the diamond.
Yellow diamonds are the most common. They are estimated to make up around 60% of all the colored diamonds. That may sound like a lot, but remember these diamonds are rare. To put things into perspective, it means approximately 1 out of 16,500 carats that are mined is a yellow diamond! Yellow diamonds are a symbol of love and devotion and are becoming more popular in engagement rings and wedding bands.
Blue diamonds account for only about 0.1% of the world’s colored diamonds. Not only are they beautiful, they represent faith and trust and therefore, make a wonderful gift for that special someone in your life. They became more popular after the movie Titanic featured "The Heart of the Ocean", a large and lovely blue diamond.
Green diamonds are also referred to as chameleon diamonds. They come in different shades ranging from olive to yellow-green. Green symbolizes youth, vigor, activity, and life.
Pink diamonds are the most popular of all the colors and can be mainly found in Western Australia. Pink diamonds symbolize gentleness, love, and compassion. Often cut into a heart shape, these diamonds sparkle in jewelry!
Purple diamonds are the second rarest color of diamond. Purple symbolizes passion, mystery, magic, and royalty. If you are ever lucky enough to see one of these beauties in person, be sure to snap a picture, as they are quite rare but incredibly beautiful.
The most rare colored diamonds are red and, therefore, they are the most expensive. How expensive you ask? It has been noted that a red diamond was sold for over $400,000 per carat! Red diamonds symbolize passion, power, and ritual. Obviously, these are coveted diamonds, and not something you will see everyday!
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