Today the popular trends points towards an increased demand for colored diamonds. Lower clarity diamonds are sometimes treated to make them beautiful and affordable for the average consumer. The diamonds are processed with irradiation and strong heat. This will take a brown or yellow diamond of a poorer quality and produce a lovely colored diamond. And the best part is that they are incredibly affordable. As a result of this process the diamonds can turn a stunning shade of green, blue, red, purple, yellow and many varieties of colors. They will most likely retain their color over time, but if there is a need for repair using a high heat the color may change further.
About the Process
This process makes diamonds an affordable item to a greater number of people. When a diamond naturally has these lovely colors it is an extremely rare find and will generally cost a great deal. If you find that the colored diamonds you see in the store are reasonably priced, you can assume that most likely they are treated diamonds. You can always ask the store owner about the origins of the stone or if it has been treated.
Synthetic diamonds that have been colored are another choice for you if you want a colored diamond. They are lab created diamonds that have been colored.
Natural diamonds that are colored achieve their color through different elements that are present in the diamond. If a diamond has nitrogen, for example, a yellow diamond will be produced. Another way that a natural diamond can become colored is from their exposure to radiation while being created. This is how a green diamond is possible.
Flaws can color a diamond as well. In a clear diamond the flaws are thought of as something to be avoided. But when a stone is colored the flaws pick up light and flash color. If you see a colored diamond in the store and it is marked as a natural stone, before you make a purchase you should see a certificate that clearly shows the stone is naturally colored.
What is termed a fancy colored diamond is a diamond that is natural and has a color. The color can be anything from red, purple, green, violet, blue, orange and pink. Any variation of these colors is possible with a natural colored diamond.
Some of the most famous diamonds are colored stones. The Hope Diamond is blue and the Tiffany Diamond is yellow. The value of a colored diamond has not gone down in almost thirty years. The price of pink and blue diamonds double every five years. So imagine how much your stone would be worth today had you bought it thirty years ago!
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