Fancy colored diamonds have taken the jewelry world by storm recently, and of these gorgeous, beautiful colored diamonds, blue diamond rings are certainly among the most beautiful and sought after pieces available. What do you know about blue diamond rings? Before you buy that blue diamond ring you have your eye on, you should know a few things about them.
Some Facts About Blue Diamond Rings
Blue diamonds are one of the rarest types of diamonds. The breathtaking 42.52 carat Hope Diamond is the best known blue diamond. The value of this diamond is almost incalculable. Since natural blue diamonds are so rare that most people will never even see one (including most jewelers), the blue diamonds available now are mostly treated, having been irradiated in order to induce a color change in an ordinary brown or yellow diamond. These diamonds are called enhanced fancy colored diamonds by some jewelry companies.
Some people are put off by the fact that gemstones are treated, and only want natural, untreated gems. This is really not realistic since most gemstones sold today have either been heat treated or irradiated, or treated with some sort of resin or oil to enhance the stone. Even though blue diamond rings for sale have been irradiated to induce a color change, there is no danger that it is “radioactive”, as they are left for a very long cooldown period and tested before they are released for sale.
Even enhanced blue diamonds are not commonly found in most jewelry stores, so you will need to do some research to find a jewelry store that carries them. They are more expensive than other colored diamonds and more expensive than white or colorless diamonds. This is because of the extra processing costs, and also because very clear diamonds are usually used for enhancing.
Cheap Blue Diamond Rings – Not
For those of you searching for cheap blue diamond rings, you probably should realize up front that there really is no such thing. If you find one that is very inexpensive, costing less than a colorless diamond, do some good research on it. Insist on seeing the gemological certificate for it. Cheap imitations are usually not even diamonds or may be very inferior quality diamonds, to begin with, having a low clarity rating which will result in a dull, lifeless gemstone.
For those who discover that women or men’s blue diamond rings are out of the question because of the cost, there are still some nice options to consider, like sapphire rings or even a purple-blue tanzanite ring. Aquamarine rings are also gorgeous, even if they are more of an aqua color.
Always insist on seeing a gemological certificate for any expensive gemstone jewelry as stated above, and do your due diligence when you search for a blue diamond ring. Shop at a quality retailer either in person or online, and you are sure to end up with the blue diamond ring of your dreams!