Pink diamonds are incredibly rare diamonds nowadays, to the point where there are only fifty or sixty new pink diamonds that are released onto the market each year. And they are only the size of a pea. If that’s a disappointing figure for you, then you might also want to consider the fact that they’re able to grab almost $1,000,000 for a single karat. That’s the unfortunate reality of the beautiful Argyle pink diamonds. You’ve got to either be a royal or ridiculously rich to afford and own anything above or around a karat.
However, there is the option of lesser quality, smaller pinks that have a lighter tone. These are greater in number and are still a significant cut above the typical white, and offer some degree of uniqueness so they can still really stand out in the crowd.
An interesting fact about these colored diamonds is that they have always been referred to as “she,” most likely because of their color.
What’s A Pink Diamond Worth at Pink Diamonds Sydney?
A vivid colored, top quality pink stone can be worth up to forty times more than the white of the equivalent nature. One of the main contributing factors to how unique and stunning Argyle pink diamonds are is that they’ve not been colored as a result of a chemical presence during their formation. Instead, there has been as a stress on the structure of the stone. That has led to different light refraction, giving the diamonds their pink tone.
Argyle Pink Diamonds
There is just one mine in Australia, called the Argyle mine that acts as the supplier of 90% of the diamonds to the world. There have been random finds of the beautiful diamond in Russia, India, and Brazil. However, there has never been a find that’s remotely as large as the Argyle mine, plus they aren’t of the same color saturation.
Up until Australia’s Argyle mine began to yield pinks in the 80’s, there weren’t any reliable or “large” supplies of the diamonds to the globe.
They were so rare that they were purely in the hands of very rich collectors of diamonds and were far more commonly seen in exhibition environments, rather than on the finger of a girl.
Recently science has come to the rescue for those of us who would like to own one of these beautiful diamonds but don’t happen to own a small state or large multinational, with the development of color enhanced and synthetic diamonds. The natural color of the diamond can be enhanced by the process of irradiation and annealing.
In addition to enhancing naturally formed diamonds, laboratories can now recreate the conditions of high pressure and temperature found at the craton levels where natural diamonds are formed to create synthetic diamonds. By introducing particles of other minerals to the elementary carbon crystals created, colored diamonds can be produced which are then enhanced and fixed by the irradiation and annealing processes.
Within the last twenty years, we have seen a remarkable rise in the popularity and availability of pink diamonds. Firstly the exploitation of the Argyle mine and then the development of the synthetic and color enhancing processes have led to pink diamonds becoming the widely regarded and sought after fashion accessory we know today.