One of the growing trends for new couples are coloured diamonds, partly thanks to A-listers flaunting their own colourful, sparkling beauties during award shows or in fashion magazines. So the question now is: Are coloured diamonds in bespoke engagement rings the ideal choice for you?
Diamonds are highly valued for their lack of colour. In fact, “colourless” ones receive the highest grades, D to F—a classification used by a number of gem laboratories in categorising diamond colour.
However, diamonds naturally occur in varying colours, with some of the most valuable being anything but “colourless”. Take for example one of the most popular jewels in the world—the Hope Diamond. Displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, this 45-ct. blue diamond the 2nd most-visited art piece in the world, trailing behind the Mona Lisa.
Then there’s the 24-ct. emerald-cut, fancy intense pink diamond ring, which set the record for the highest paid for jewellery at an auction. This single ring was sold in 2010 at Sotheby’s, Geneva, Switzerland, for a whopping $46 million (or £34 million).
Diamonds occur in almost every colour of the rainbow, ranging from bright to gorgeous colours—from “colourless” and black, to brown, yellow, pink and red, blue and violet to green, with blue, green and red (“fancy colours”) being extremely rare in nature, carrying staggering price tags.
The fancy-coloured diamonds come in 9 different saturation levels, the deepest hue being the most highly priced. In fact, the saturation levels will affect the stone’s price. The following are the saturation levels, from the most saturated to the lightest:
- Fancy vivid
- Fancy intense
- Fancy deep
- Fancy dark
- Fancy light
- Very light
Rebranding Coloured Diamonds
Brown, black and yellow diamonds are in a way complicated. Sometimes referred to as “canary”, vivid yellow diamonds rose to popularity over the years when Hollywood legends and royalty began flaunting these sparkly babies.
Although “canary” is a fancy marketing term employed by appraiser and labs, most brown and yellow diamonds were considered as the commoner cousins of the highly valued colourless or almost colourless diamonds.
Then companies found a way to rebrand black, brown and yellow diamonds with fancy terms as “champagne”, “cognac” and “golden” or “sun” (for the yellow diamond). This rebranding captured the attention of celebs, who wanted a head-turning piece of jewellery.
Now, thanks to musicians, models and celebrities, brown, black and yellow diamonds are also hot items as their precious colourless counterparts.
So, is a coloured diamond the right choice for your bespoke engagement rings?
There are a few factors to consider if you intend on veering away from the traditional “colourless” diamond. You think about colour if:
- You want a stone that has meaning. All kinds of associations are attached to coloured diamonds, just like coloured gemstones, each with different interpretations. For example, many believe red symbolises strength and true love, while yellow stands for calm, caring and selflessness and blue for peace and tranquillity. So as a couple, you’re looking for something symbolising your fiancée or your relationship.
- Your fiancée wants to be unique or is fashion-forward. Most women today want something that sets them apart from the crowd. Check for clues and study her style. She may adore coloured diamonds if she has a flair for artful jewelleries or loves distinctive fashion.
- She is drawn to romance and glamour. Does she loved the sophistication and glamour of hold Hollywood films or is she highly fascinated by watching the royal family? A coloured diamond could be just the thing to add a bit of glamour in your fiancée’s everyday life.
- She has a signature colour. Does blue make her eyes pop? Or does yellow complements her skin tone? A coloured diamond set on her engagement ring will definitely be a home run if there is a particular colour she often tends to wear.
Affordably Purchasing a Coloured Diamond
You don’t need to fly to Paris or Switzerland just so you could get your hands on a coloured diamond because your best bet—and affordably as well—are colour-enhanced diamonds.
Don’t worry. These are defitneily real diamonds. In fact, they are natural diamonds that have been in some way treated to change their colour.
A high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) treatment mimics the natural way coloured diamonds are formed underground, thus turning yellowish diamonds into ones with more vivid colours. Additionally, HPHT could also change brown and yellow diamonds into almost colourless ones.
Coloured diamonds for bespoke jewellery are perfect for fashion-forward brides-to-be and for women who want a show-stopper ring. Tickle her pink with an engagement ring that looks like it rolled just out of the red carpet.
For more than ten years, Daniel Greenberg has been hand crafting DG Bespoke Jewellery and is known as a trained master diamond mounter and goldsmith. As he was taught by one of the best jewellers in London (his father), Daniel makes certain that all his unique pieces are pure perfection.