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Diamonds have always been preferred
in the conventional white color. Infact when it comes to white
(colorless) diamonds every diamond buyer hopes to get as close
to 'pure white' as possible. The fashion industry is often
impressed with things that are not so conventionaly, this can
be seen in the increase in demand for colored diamonds.
Designers and diamond jewelry manufacturers are increasingly
offering diamond jewelry with yellow, brown, black, green,
blue and even pink and red diamonds.
Most of the diamonds that are mined
are in the white color, off white diamonds which do not fit
the 'pure white' color definition are graded lower than
absolutely white diamonds. A small fraction of diamonds are
found in colors other than white, the color is due to the
presence of certain trace elements that are naturally
present in the diamond. You need to clearly read the
term 'naturally present', as diamond experts have devised
other methods to impart color to diamonds, we will come to
that in a moment. Natural color diamonds are very expensive,
if you had to compare them with white diamonds of the same
clarity and cut - a colored diamond could cost as much as 40%
to 70% more than a white diamond. Good quality natural color
diamonds, get to be even more scarce if you look above the 1
You can understand just how rare
colored diamonds are by the fact that, even serious diamond
jewelry buyers are willing to accept a few flaws in the
(colored) diamonds that they purchase. The interesting and
impressive thing about color diamonds is that, a good design
could be created with no colored gemstones at all. The
diamonds then take center stage and bask in their own beauty.
We just mentioned that colored
diamonds that are naturally colored are very expensive, so
what about the rest of us. Since early 2002, it has become
possible to buy colored diamond jewelry at fairly moderate
prices. But in this case, the diamonds get their color by
special treatments applied to them. For our discussion, we
will refer to this category of colored diamonds as
treated colored diamonds. You will now not
confuse them with diamonds that have a color naturally. Since
these colored diamonds are actually white or near white
diamonds to begin with, they are obviously not as rare as
natural colored diamonds.
The diamonds that are
selected to be treated for color enhancement,
are obviously not of the finest quality. Diamond laboratories,
try to increase the value of a diamond by treating it for the
color change. To begin with, white diamonds that have some
flaw in the color are used to produce colored diamonds.
Treated colored diamonds are sometimes produced with rather
dark colors, dark brown, dark blue or dark green are examples
of such colored diamonds. There is an interesting fact about
choosing diamonds to make specific color diamonds. When a
diamond has a higher degree of clarity flaws, treating it to a
different but pale color, would still leave the clarity flaws
quite visible. Diamond color treating laboratories, cleverly
select and classify diamonds before beginning the treatment.
When clarity is an issue with the original diamonds, the ideal
decision would be to change the diamonds to a dark color.
Darker colored diamonds will also mean reduced visibility for
the flaws in the stone.
So what about the pricing
for treated colored diamonds, let us discuss some
related issues. Diamonds are not cheap, so treated colored
diamonds are not cheap too but there is some good news here.
The price of treated color diamonds, would generally be
cheaper than white diamonds of the same clarity, cut and size.
So if you wanted to use 2.5mm round yellow diamonds accent
stones for your ring - treated yellow diamonds would be
cheaper than naturally occuring yellow diamonds. The imporant
thing is the your jeweler should clearly
inform you that, he plans to use treated color
diamonds for your jewel. If you plan to use treated dark blue,
dark green of even brown diamonds for your jewel - prices
would be even more attractive. Just keep in mind that, in
general treated dark color diamonds use diamonds that have a
fair degree of clarity flaws.
The support team at Kaisilver is
often asked whether, treated colored diamonds are good. We
will reply to the question 'are treated colored
diamonds good' by making a few comments. Firstly,
treated color diamonds are natural diamonds that have been
enhanced for color by man. Highly sophisticated technics
backed by intense research, make the color of treated diamonds
stable. We have ot yet come across treated colored diamonds
that have faded or changed color over time. If you have a big
budget, to accomodate naturally colored diamonds, go for those
by all means. At the same time, treated color diamonds come as
a blessing, for a large number of diamond jewelry lovers who
wish to have colored diamonds but cannot afford the price of
natural color diamonds.
What about the testing of
diamonds to identify treated color diamonds. In an
ideal situation, the jeweler is expected to inform the buyer
regarding the use (if any) of treated color diamonds. Sadly,
it is not uncommon for jewelers to hide this fact from the
buyer - this brings up the topic of testing colored diamonds.
Let us take this discussion in two steps, the first relates to
the technical feasibility of testing diamonds. There was a
time before the year 2002 when laboratories could not test and
clearly identify some specific, treatments used to change the
color of diamonds. However this is not the case now and
any reputed gem and diamond testing center, should be
able to accurately identify, a treated color
diamond. There is something important
that needs to be considered here. If you are looking at a
colored diamond, supported by a laboratory certificate that is
dated prior to the years 2002-2003, it would be a good idea to
have a fresh certification done on the diamond.
Now let us talk about the
financial expenditure involved in testing a
diamond. Reputed gem testing laboratories, normally
charge around 75 U.S$ to even 200 U.S$ for a full diamond
test. Keep in mind that this price is per piece, so the amount
paid could add up to a substantial amount. Also note,
that most testing services, offer various 'levels' of diamond
and gem stone testing. For example, you might get a
cheap 50 U.S$ service that only identifies natural and
manmade diamonds. In this case, a treated color diamond would
be certified as a 'natural' diamond. But if you wanted to be
sure that the color in the diamond was natural and
not brought about by any treatment - you will need to pay
more for the certification service. If you had a colored
diamond ring with just two 3mm round diamonds, a thorough
test report could cost you more than the diamonds! Our honest
advice would be for you to, choose a
reputed jeweler to work with.
At Kaisilver we
can provide you the diamond of your choice. When you order
jewelry that has diamonds from us, specify the diamond color
choice too. Our support experts will guide you with a
comparitive price quote of natural color diamonds, and colored
diamonds that have been treated for color enhancement.
report tries to cover the most important issues related
to colored diamonds. We do not expect to make you a
diamond or jewelry expert after reading this report but, would
be glad if you have gained just little more by way of
awareness and knowledge. More specific queries and doubts can
be addressed to our support experts at firstname.lastname@example.org We
will be glad to assist you even, if you buy nothing from us.
There are thousands of jewelers wooing buyers but, almost no
other jeweler provides the kind of clear and honest
information and advice that we at Kaisilver do.
Kaisilver can custom make
all diamond rings and other jewelry, in 14k or 18k
gold. We can infact custom make silver or gold
diamond jewelry with all design modifications. The
designs for yourt rings and other gem stone jewelry can
be yours or ours. We procure all diamonds and gems from
the miners and custom cut the gems ourselves. This will
not only reduce multiple commissions through multiple
middlemen but, also ensure that you get natural
diamonds and not factory made substitutes. Our
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questions or requirements that you might have.
Yellow or White Gold
DIamond Rings ... RG180.
Custom Diamond Rings, Gold
or Silver ... RG181.
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With Three Diamonds ... RG183.
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925 Silver ... MAN65.
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