The Science of Stones: How Colored Diamonds Form
Only 0.0001% of diamonds mined are naturally colored. Their rarity and beauty have not only contributed to their increase in popularity in the diamond market, but also their great expense. Colored diamonds also travel great lengths from mine to retailer, often originating in Africa, South America and Australia.
Diamonds can occur naturally in a myriad of colors in addition the most common white, or transparent with no color. Value is based upon the color, intensity of that color, hue, as well as the clarity and carat weight of the stone. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond is white, however chemical impurities or defects that impact the structure of the diamond’s crystal lattice can cause coloration. It is different trace minerals and particles in the chemical structure of the stone that result in different colors and hues. For example, boron is responsible for a blue coloration and nitrogen for yellow and orange.
Pink and blue diamonds are the auction darlings of today and can command upwards of $1 million. The most expensive diamond is red, however, as there are so few that have been mined. The market has seen an upward trend in investing against these stones as their value seems to only increase.
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