The Many Colours of a Diamond
Last month, Australian miners in Angola unearthed a rare, pure pink diamond, believed to be the largest found in 300 years. Dubbed The Lulo Rose, it weighed in at a whopping 170 carats!
For context, coloured diamonds represent only 0.01% of diamonds mined in the world.
“While whites are still the most popular, there are a whole rainbow of diamonds to be discovered – yellow, pink, orange, blue, green, purple, even black or red,” says Matthew Ely.
Similar diamonds have been bought and sold for tens of millions of dollars in the past. The most expensive was the 59.6ct ‘Pink Star’, which sold at a Hong Kong auction in 2017 for US$71.2 million (more than AU$102 million).
So… white or fancy coloured? Which is right for you? And what makes each diamond colour so unique?
“Similar to Argyle pinks, blue diamonds – particularly fancy vivid blues – are often favoured by collectors, investors and diamond enthusiasts. They are generally considered to be the rarest of all coloured diamonds,” says Matthew.
“Their colour comes from traces of boron, and can range from a faint, pale blue to a really vivid, deep blue. They’re not colour treated or enhanced; it’s all natural!”