Violet diamonds, which are close in color to blue and purple diamonds, are a rare and extremely unique type of natural color diamond. They are arguably the RAREST of all natural fancy color diamonds, even red diamond!
In over 20 years in business we have seen more red diamonds by far than we have seen true violet diamonds. They are extremely difficult to source and when you do come across this rarity they are all under 1 carat in size. With only a few known sources of violet diamond production in the world. Most violets came from the Argyle Mine in Australia which since 2020 has closed operations.
The color of violet diamonds is caused by the presence of hydrogen (which are in purple and red diamonds) and boron (which are in blue diamonds) impurities in the diamond's crystal lattice. The shade of violet can range from a pale lilac to a deep, rich purple. The more intense and pure the color, the more valuable the diamond.
Most of the violets you see today often come with a secondary color of grey or blue and are not as expensive as a natural violet.
Violet diamonds are often cut in fancy shapes, such as cushion, pear, and oval cuts, to showcase their unique color and maximize their beauty. They are typically found in smaller sizes, with larger stones being extremely rare. That being said the largest violet known is 2.83 carat Argyle Violet GIA Certified as Fancy Deep Greyish Bluish Violet that came from the 2016 Argyle tender.