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The Different Colors of Natural Diamonds

July 5th, 2023

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Natural diamonds exhibit a wide spectrum of hues, including the most popular white. From the elegant steel gray to the vibrant blues, yellows, oranges, reds, greens, pinks, purples, browns, and even mesmerizing blacks, each color tells a unique story. These captivating hues arise from interstitial impurities or structural defects, adding a unique vibrancy to these precious gems. While pure diamonds remain transparent and colorless, the allure of colored diamonds is undeniable, offering a stunning and diverse range of options for those seeking a truly exceptional piece of jewelry. Discover the enchanting world of diamond colors at Rogers Jewelry Co.

Chocolate Brown Diamonds

Brown diamonds, the most common color variation of natural diamonds, have historically been less sought after as gemstones due to their reduced sparkle. Often utilized for industrial purposes, brown diamonds have undergone a transformation in recent years. Enhanced marketing efforts, particularly in Australia and the United States, have elevated their status, leading to their recognition as gem-quality stones and even earning the moniker "chocolate diamonds." Australian diamond mines contribute a significant portion of brown diamond production. Extensive scientific research has explored the origins of the brown color, attributing it to factors such as irradiation treatment, nickel impurities, and lattice defects resulting from plastic deformation. Advanced high-pressure, high-temperature treatments have been developed to heal lattice defects, converting brown diamonds into vivid yellow or even colorless stones.

A pink diamond crystal

Perfect Pink Diamonds

Pink diamonds are formed when the intense heat and pressure in the Earth's depths cause distortions in the crystal lattice structure. These distortions lead to the absorption of green light, resulting in the mesmerizing pink coloration. Pink diamonds often exhibit parallel bands of color within the stone. They can also be modified with shades of orange, brown, or purplish tones. Pink diamonds are graded on a scale ranging from faint to fancy vivid, with fancy vivid being the most vibrant and valuable. The strength of the pink color directly influences the price of these extraordinary gemstones, with stronger hues commanding higher price tags.

Delicate Yellow Diamonds

Yellow diamonds acquire their color due to the specific grouping of nitrogen atoms during and after their formation. This arrangement causes them to absorb blue light, resulting in their striking yellow appearance. Along with yellow, these diamonds can exhibit modifying colors like orange, green, or brown. South Africa has been a notable source for large and intensely colored yellow diamonds. The Allnatt, a 101-carat cushion-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond, is one of the most significant yellow diamonds in history, named after its original owner Major Allnatt in the 1950s. Another remarkable diamond is the Incomparable, one of the world's largest polished diamonds, weighing 407 carats and displaying an internally flawless brownish-yellow color.

Colorful blue and black crystal diamond background

Bold Black Diamonds

Black diamonds are prized for their rarity and distinctive appearance. Their dark coloration is attributed to inclusions composed of graphite within the diamond. While large black diamonds are uncommon, one notable exception is the renowned Black Orloff, weighing 67.50 carats. Typically opaque, black diamonds exhibit an alluring adamantine luster that reflects light from their surface, showcasing their unique beauty. Frequently utilized as melee stones in fashion jewelry, black diamonds are increasingly gaining popularity. Their striking contrast when combined with colorless diamonds adds a modern and dramatic touch, making them a sought-after choice for contemporary designs.

Wintry White Diamonds

White diamonds, often referred to as colorless diamonds, possess a captivating beauty. Contrary to popular belief, true white diamonds are not completely devoid of color but rather appear white to the naked eye. The presence of sub-microscopic inclusions can give white diamonds a translucent or even opaque appearance, creating their distinct white hue. Occasionally, white diamonds exhibit a subtle play of color known as opalescence, reminiscent of the vivid shimmer seen in opals. This opalescent effect adds an ambiance of enchantment to these diamonds and is highly valued by discerning collectors and enthusiasts. The timeless elegance and purity of white diamonds make them a cherished choice for various jewelry designs.

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Shop Natural Diamonds at Rogers Jewelry Co.

At Rogers Jewelry Co., we proudly welcome you to browse our stunning selection of natural diamonds, as the go-to destination for diamond enthusiasts in central California and Nevada. Our local jewelry stores are desirable places to explore and find the most wonderful diamond that matches your unique style and preferences. With our commitment to quality and unwavering customer service, we promise that your diamond shopping experience is both enjoyable and memorable. Whether you're searching for an engagement ring, a special gift, or simply want to indulge in the beauty of natural diamonds, we invite you to visit one of our jewelry stores near you in Modesto, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Folsom, Fresno, and Elk Grove, California along with a location in Reno, Nevada as well. Contact us or stop in to discover the brilliance and timeless elegance of our remarkable diamond collection at Rogers Jewelry Co.