If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then pink diamonds have to be a girl’s BFF! While some may not care for the color pink, when it comes to diamonds, I can’t imagine that anyone would not think that they are absolutely gorgeous. Sometimes called “fancy pink diamonds”, they are always breathtakingly gorgeous.
Why are Pink Diamonds Pink?
Gemologists have never quite been able to determine the exact reason why some diamonds are pinkish in color. It is thought that the atomic structure is what causes the pink tones to shine through in a pink stone. It wasn’t even until recently that experts from GIA were able to examine enough pink diamonds to even determine that much information about them. Since they are so scarce, it has been nearly impossible to get a sample of them large enough to do any exhaustive studies on. The GIA study was finally able to do a thorough check of a nice sampling of about 1500 fancy pink diamonds ranging from purplish pink to orangey pink. Even after the study though, the exact reason for the pink color still remains a mystery.
Fancy Pure Pink Diamonds, Naturally the Best
Natural pink diamonds are very hard to come by. They are so rare that only about 700 a year are found at the Argyle mine in Australia out of millions of carats of diamonds mined there every year. They are not quite as rare as orange, red, green and blue diamonds. They are, however, some of the most pricey gems ever sold. They can go for as much as $800,000 to $900,000 per carat when sold at auction. Finding natural pink diamonds for sale is not hard, but if you do, your bank account should resemble one belonging to a small country. They are graded according to their “pinkness”, with a pure medium pink color being the highest in value. Any modifiers added to “pink” when grading them decreases the value slightly, such as a diamond graded as “purplish-pink”.
Can You Ever Own a Pink Diamond of Your Very Own?
The answer to that is yes! Most people don’t have a budget that can handle the cost of natural pink diamond jewelry or even just natural loose pink diamonds. Your pink diamond will probably not be a natural pink diamond, but rather a lab created diamond. Lab created diamonds are not to be confused with simulated diamonds, like ones found in pink cubic zirconia rings. Created diamonds have exactly the same composition and structure as a diamond that has been mined from the earth. The only difference, in fact, will be the price; a created pink diamond costs a fraction of the price of natural pink diamonds. For example, 1 carat of cultured pink diamonds could cost between $3000 – $4000, while the same size natural pink diamond could cost $20,000 or more. Those interested in wedding ring sets or pink diamond engagement rings will find a wonderful selection of lab-created pink diamond wedding jewelry online.
Always do research before you buy any expensive gemstone jewelry, and buy from reputable dealers that you trust. Ask for a gemological certificate on the stones, even if they are lab created. Most of all, have fun picking out your new pink diamonds!