Other Diamonds Color
Virtually every color, shade and hue the mind can imagine, nature has created within a marvelous natural color diamond…most now available for our pleasure, some still lying silently awaiting discovery. The range of color varieties is almost inexhaustible but NCDIA is committed to present, on a continuing basis, the full range of color categories expressed by these wonderful natural creations. Be sure to revisit us here on a regular basis to see new additions as they are revealed.
Pure green diamonds are very rare since their natural green color comes from exposure to irradiated particles over eons of time. With perhaps only one new green being introduced to the market each year pure green stones are more highly valued than the yellowish green or green-yellows.
It is so rare that an orange diamond receive a color grading of pure orange, that many collectors have never seen one. More common, yet hardly abundant, are orange diamonds with a color modifier such as brown or yellow. Prized for their beauty and rarity, orange diamonds are one of the most sought after colors by prominent collectors.
Often confused with a secondary color violet, purple is a dominant and rare hue in nature and color diamonds. As purple color is correlated to internal grain formation, the cut is exceedingly important to color release. So rare are these pure purples, there has yet to be revealed a large, historically important pure purple diamond.
Often confused with the green family, olive occupies a distinct, separate 3 dimensional color space adjacent to green. Bordered in this space by grey, black, brown, yellow and green, pure olive stones often have one or more of these modifiers to impart true uniqueness to its hue.
The depths of a natural black diamond are almost hypnotic as light absorbtion is almost complete and the play of light retained is most unique. With a very large range of modifying colors, collectors prize them and fashion jewelry is only now beginning to appreciate their special qualities.
Red Diamonds are the rarest of the fancy color diamonds. In fact, they are so rare in nature that most jewelers and diamond dealers have never even seen a natural red diamond. The world’s largest red diamond is known as the Red Shield, and weighs “only” 5.11 carats, compared with over 600 carats for the largest diamond of any kind.
The name “white” was used for centuries to describe apparent color of colorless stones but true white diamonds do have a true milky white inherent color and a translucent milky white apparent color. Pure whites with no secondary colors are truly rare and highly esteemed by dealers and collectors.
As a blending of black and white, grey is a non-spectral color that makes all others possible. In pure form, grey color diamonds are flinty in appearance and to an untrained eye, can come quite close to colorless stones. But they are a highly prized rarity and offer also a wondrous range of modifying color combinations.
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