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Guide to Colored Diamonds

Most people looks for clear colorless diamonds, but colored diamonds allow you to have a beautiful diamond engagement ring without sacrificing color. There are many gorgeous, colors to choose from, and if you do choose a colored stone, you don't have to give up quality and elegance to do so. Sure, clarity, cut, and carat are important but the right color can add value to a diamond, in the sense of intrigue and allure.

Colored diamonds are often referred to as "fancy" colored diamonds, and recently they've become most popular and is affordable to most of the people. The demand for fancy colored diamonds as it is called has exceeded the demand in the preceding decades. One might ask why this sudden popularity of fancy colored diamonds? The stars, the ones in Hollywood that is.

The most famous of fancy colored diamonds recently was the six-carat pink diamond that Jennifer Lopez wore during her engagement to actor Ben Affleck. This "penthouse of engagement rings" grabbed the media and public's attention. British singer Seal gifted Supermodel Heidi Klum a lovely canary-yellow diamond. Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey are known for their collections of colored diamonds.

The popularity of colored diamonds recently can be the new trend to colored diamonds. Colored diamonds comes in color like purest black to pink, red, green, blue, yellow, indigo, purple, and just about any intermediate hue. Around 300 colors have thus far been identified. Natural existing red diamonds are particularly rare and can be worth as much as $1,000,000 per carat. Colored diamonds result from impurities or minerals within the stone. Diamonds are primarily carbon crystals but during the formation of a diamonds a few minerals are included and this produces a colored diamond. Inclusions of Nitrogen gas result in colored diamonds that are yellow or brownish. In fact 98 percent of all diamonds are tinged yellow and inclusions of boron give the diamond a beautiful striking blue color. Green colored diamonds, are formed when the diamonds are exposed to radiation during their formation.

Even if natural colored diamonds are out of your reach, jewelers and gemologists have developed a new way to create them less expensively. This is by the treatment process. Result? Vibrant blues, reds, yellows, purples, greens, and much more exciting than their original colors. This treated diamonds are same as the original diamonds but altered to your taste of color, cut and clarity. Synthetic diamonds are another alternative to natural colored diamonds. This laboratory created ones are chemically identical to the naturally existing diamonds but have better clarity, color, cut and strength.

Colored diamonds make beautiful and fabulous alternatives to colorless stones without sacrificing the tradition and elegance of a diamond engagement ring. For a unique yet still classic ring, consider colored diamonds either as accent stones or center stones for an unusual and gorgeous ring.