Natural pink diamonds stand out as a highly coveted subset within the world of colored diamonds, making up less than 1% of the total global natural diamond production. Renowned for their captivating and delicate pink hues, these diamonds are among the rarest and most sought-after varieties in the realm of colored diamonds, with pure vivid pink diamonds being particularly esteemed. Let's get into what these gems exactly are.
What are Pink Diamonds?
Natural pink diamonds showcase their uniqueness when their intensity is exceptionally remarkable and vibrant. The origin of their pink color is a fascinating aspect, which is the presence of nitrogen causing impurities in the diamond's lattice structure. While nitrogen is also responsible for the coloration of yellow diamonds, the distinction lies in the absorption wavelength, amazing gemologists to this day. The interaction of blue and yellow light absorption in the diamond causes an alluring pink color. Pure pink diamonds are a rarity, and more often than not, they may display secondary hues of purple, orange, brown, or even red.
Why are Pink Diamonds so Rare?
The scarcity of pure, unmodified pink diamonds is emphasized by the Gemological Institute of America's estimate that they make up only 0.05% of all natural fancy color diamonds. While it is more common to find pink diamonds with secondary hues, like brownish pink diamonds or orangey pink diamonds, these vivid pink diamonds are highly sought after and can command premium prices. Read about some of the rarest pink diamonds ever sold at auction by clicking here.
GIA Gradings of Pink Diamonds
The Gemological Institute of America meticulously evaluates pink diamonds based on the fundamental 4Cs, giving utmost importance to the assessment of the diamond's color. The grading of pink diamonds includes various intensities, ranging from faint pink to vivid pink. The color gradings for natural pink diamonds go as follows: faint pink, very light pink, light pink, fancy light pink, fancy pink, fancy intense pink, and fancy vivid pink.
Where Do Pink Diamonds Come From?
The majority of pink diamonds originate from the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia, which has been a huge source of these rare stones. However, with the closure of the Argyle mine in 2020, the scarcity of pink diamonds has intensified, further enhancing their desirability and making them even more sought after in the world of rare and precious gemstones.
Despite the closure of the Argyle mine, other mines, such as the Ellendale mine in Western Australia and the Grib diamond field in Russia, also produce pink diamonds, however in smaller quantities. The rarity of pink diamonds, combined with their unique geological formation, continues to make them highly prized by collectors and investors. As the Argyle mine's legacy lives on through the exquisite pink diamonds it produced, the search for these rare diamonds has reached a new level, driving interest in their origin and contributing to the ongoing fascination with pink diamonds.
Are Pink Diamonds More Expensive?
Yes, pink diamonds are generally more expensive than white diamonds and many other fancy color diamonds. The rarity and unique beauty of pink diamonds contribute to their higher market value. Pink diamonds are one of the rarest colors in the diamond spectrum, and their prices are often driven by factors such as the intensity and saturation of the pink color, as well as the overall quality of the diamond.
In comparison to white diamonds, which are more common, pink diamonds command a premium due to their scarcity and the increased demand for these exceptionally rare gems.
When it comes to comparing pink diamonds to other fancy color diamonds, it depends on the specific hue and intensity of color. Generally, pink diamonds can be among the most expensive of all fancy color diamonds, but certain colors like blue, red, and green may also command high prices. The unique combination of color rarity, demand, and market trends influences the relative pricing of fancy color diamonds.
It's worth noting that the closure of the Argyle mine in 2020, has further increased the perceived rarity of pink diamonds, potentially impacting their market prices.
Some of our Best Pink Diamonds
1ct GIA Intense Pink Pear Shape Diamond
This is our iconic 1 Carat, GIA certified Intense Pink pear shape diamond. As you've read, intense pink diamonds are not your average pink diamond. This is definitely one of our most impressive pink stones, valued at over $200,000. This diamond has SI2 Clarity, with a 'Strong Blue' fluorescence, according to the GIA, which gives this diamond an extra special vibrant hue. For more details on this diamond, click here.
2ct GIA Faint Pink VS1 Cushion
This is a beautiful GIA certified Faint Pink cushion cut diamond. What makes this diamond stand out from other pink cushion cut diamonds, is its exceptional cutting. This diamond is a 2 carat, but has the measurements of a 3 carat diamond, due to the excellent workmanship when cutting this stone from rough.
It's not your typical cushion cut; it's a unique 'scissor cut.' Take a look, and you'll see it gives the diamond this super sharp, mirror-like shine that's just next level. Plus, this beauty has crystal-clear VS1 clarity, making it not just big but ultra clear.
6ct Pink Internally Flawless (IF) Emerald Cut Diamond
This is an absolutely special 6 Carat, GIA 'Very Light Pink' Internally Flawless, Type IIa, emerald cut diamond, recently set into a rose gold ring. Pink emerald cuts are not something something you see every day. Fancy color diamonds are not very often cut into an emerald cut, but this stone is not your average pink diamond.
Type IIa diamonds are certified to be completely devoid of impurity, and are extremely rare. Type IIa diamonds make up only 1-2% of all natural diamonds in the world, making this special pink emerald cut an exceptionally intriguing collectors piece. On top of that rarity, this diamond is certified by the GIA as 'Internally Flawless'. Valued at about $465,000, this is a truly remarkable diamond.