Fashion: Diamonds and Their Cuts and Colours

Two reasons for this post: One, it was recently the worlds Flawless Diamond Auction, and two, it’s wedding season, a time when people proposing or tying the knot. It’s a month where diamonds are getting considered for many different reasons, so I have taken on board some expert discussion about the lovely topic of diamonds…

In case you did not know, there are many different colours of diamonds that occur naturally, and they are not all the clear stones that most of us are used to.

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Buying diamond jewellery for your significant other is an easy way into their good books, but if you want to make a bold statement you should choose coloured diamonds. You can choose a colour of diamond that is going to compliment the colour of your partner’s eyes, and a diamond will certainly bring a twinkle to them! There are many different colours of diamonds that are available, both naturally occurring, as well as in the man-made laboratory-grown diamonds, so you don’t have to choose the white (or clear) diamonds.

  • Yellow Diamonds
  • Blue Diamonds
  • Green Diamonds
  • Pink Diamonds
  • Red Diamonds

How a diamond gets its colour

Diamonds are produced close to the earth’s core and it takes the immense pressure, heat, and also time, for the carbon atoms to form into diamonds. The end product is a diamond that we usually call a white diamond and is what the majority of people think of when they think of diamonds. However, when you add impurities to the mix, these can then affect the colour of the diamond. These impurities can change the colour of the diamond from white, to one of the 26 other colours recognised by the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America). For a yellow diamond to form, nitrogen atoms must be mixed with the carbon atoms, as the nitrogen can easily replace carbon atoms. The result is a diamond with a yellow hue, although if particular arrangements of nitrogen atoms are formed, the colour may also turn orange.  For diamonds of a blue or grey colour to form, there must be the presence of Boron, which binds with the carbon atoms and absorbs red, yellow, and green areas of the spectrum.

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Finding top quality rare coloured diamonds

Of the 27 different colours of diamonds that are available, it is not common for a jeweller to have all colours on offer. Indeed, for some of the rarer colours you may need to find a reputable dealer who can source one for you, such as Simon West Fine Jewellery. Whichever company you choose to use, make sure they are fully licensed and accredited, in order to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable and trustworthy company. Just like the Music Industry, fashions change, and so do the popularity in colours of diamonds. One year green and blue diamonds may be popular while another year pink and orange may be the colours of choice. You can expect to pay a premium for a coloured diamond, especially for the extremely rare colours, but it is an investment as well as a statement to your other half.

The rarest colour of diamonds

If you want to make a loud statement when choosing a diamond for your partner, then why not choose a red diamond? The red diamond is the rarest colour of all, and you may not find what you are looking for easily. As this colour of diamond is so rare, it is still unknown as to why this colour occurs. Scientists think that it has something to do with the structure of the electrons changing on the diamonds journey from the core, to the upper crust of the Earth.  One thing is for sure, when the diamond is found, cut, and polished, a red diamond truly stands out from the crowd and is a wonderful sight to behold.

 

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