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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Colored Diamonds

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Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but with the wide array of diamond colors to choose from, the process of buying diamond jewelry in Cleveland can be overwhelming. Although white diamonds are the most common and popular, diamonds naturally occur in many different shades.


Natural colored diamonds get their colors in many different ways, including trace elements, radiation present during the diamond’s creation, and inclusions. Colored diamonds are extremely rare. Only one in every 10,000 diamonds has a natural color.


Colored diamonds are quickly becoming a top choice among brides because they are unique and modern. Some colored diamonds that you can choose from include red, green, orange, yellow, blue, gray, blue, purple, pink, brown, and black.


Fancy Color Diamonds


Fancy color diamonds are prized for the intensity and distribution of their color. Characteristics that you evaluate when purchasing white diamonds don’t really apply when you purchase fancy color diamonds. For example, clarity and cut aren’t so important for fancy color diamonds. Colored diamonds are graded based on the intensity of their color. The more intense the color, the more valuable a colored diamond is.


Colored diamonds are evaluated in a special environment where color from surrounding surfaces and light sources are eliminated so that the color of the diamonds can be measured accurately. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades fancy color diamonds using the following grades, in order of increasing intensity:


-Very Light
-Fancy Light
-Fancy Intense
-Fancy Vivid
-Fancy Dark
-Fancy Deep


Aside from color, another important factor that impacts the value of a fancy color diamond is carat weight. Most fancy color diamonds are cut to emphasize their color and are cut in non-traditional shapes.


Black Diamonds


You’ve probably heard of black diamonds before. Of all colored diamonds, they are among the most renowned and popular. Black diamond is the toughest form of natural diamond. The actual name of black diamond is carbonado, and it is found in the Central African Republic and Brazil. 


Black diamonds have a bold and mysterious appearance that has made them one of the hottest trends in fine jewelry today. While black diamonds don’t sparkle like white diamonds do, they provide a stunning contrast to various types of gemstones. 


Pink Diamonds


Pink diamonds are extremely rare. Nearly all of the world’s pink diamonds come from a single mine in Western Australia. High-quality pink diamonds are the most expensive fancy color diamonds on the market today. Pink diamonds that are graded as “purplish-pink” are less valuable than diamonds graded as “pink”, however.


Blue Diamonds


Blue diamonds are another rare and expensive type of colored diamond. Blue diamonds are clear and bright. Their hue reflects that of the beautiful sea and sky.


Brown Diamonds


Brown diamonds are the most common variety of colored diamonds. It has taken some time for brown diamonds to gain popularity because they were long seen as less attractive than other colored diamonds. Nowadays, brown diamonds typically retail for the same price as white diamonds. Brown diamonds are also referred to as chocolate, caramel, cognac, or champagne diamonds.


Tips for Buying Colored Diamond Jewelry


When buying colored diamond jewelry, be sure to choose a setting that enhances the natural color of the diamond. For example, it’s best to purchase a yellow diamond set in yellow gold and a pink diamond set in rose gold.


If you’re looking for colored diamond jewelry or white diamond jewelry in Cleveland, come to IMG Jewelers! You can view our collection online or in person at our showroom in Lyndhurst



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