Colored Diamonds

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Fancy colored diamonds are all the rage

these days. Gemologists have developed

new ways to create versions that are

affordable for the average person – by

treating less desirable diamonds. These

less desirable diamonds are treated with

irradiation followed by intense heat. This

turns brown and yellowish diamonds into

beautifully colored diamonds that you can

afford. This produces stunning greens,

blues, yellows, reds, purples and other

colors. These colors are considered

permanent, but there is a possibility

they could change during repairs if a high

heat is used.

Treatments like irradiation make it possible

for more people to own these vividly colored

diamonds. Most natural colored diamonds

are rare and also extremely expensive. When

shopping for colored diamonds you need to

assume that any affordable fancy color

diamond has been treated. Ask about the

stones origin and request to view a lab

certificate to verify authenticity.

Synthetic colored diamonds are another

option if owning a colored diamond is

something you desire but cannot quite afford.

They are real diamonds, but they are created

in a lab.

Natural fancy color diamonds get their

coloring from different trace elements present

in the stones, such as nitrogen, which

produces a yellow diamond. Diamonds can

be colored by exposure to radiation during its

creation. An example of a diamond affected

by radiation is a Green diamond.

Another way that a natural colored diamond

gets color is by its inclusions. Regarded as

flaws and undesirable in a colorless diamond,

inclusions give unique tones and brilliant

flashes of color in a fancy color diamond.

Remember that Natural fancy colored

diamonds are very expensive, any colored

diamond labeled to be sold as natural should

be accompanied by a certificate from a

respected grading lab.

A “fancy” diamond is a natural diamond that

has color. These colors vary from red, green,

purple, violet, orange, blue and pink – and

most shades between. Fancy color shades

vary from faint to intense.

The most famous diamonds in the world are

Color diamonds. The Tiffany Diamond,

which is yellow and the Hope Diamond which

is blue are colored diamonds. Color

diamonds have an amazing financial track

record. The value has never decreased on

wholesale level in more than 30 years. Blue

and pink diamonds have doubled every 5

years of a strong economy. In the 1970’s

you could have bought a very high quality

blue diamond for about 50K and today the

very same stone would be worth between

2 and 3 million.

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