TEXAS // FEATURE
ALL ABOUT COLOR Natural color diamonds: miracles of nature By: SAUMIL MANEK
the crown from the pavilion – the largest diameter to any part of the stone Pavilion: the lower portion of the diamond below the girdle (sometimes referred to as the base) Culet: the tiny facet on the pointed bottom of the pavilion, which is the portion of a cut gem below the girdle Depth: the depth of a stone measured from the table to the culet – a key factor in determining “fine cut” diamonds Facet: a plain, polished surface on a diamond or other gemstone
STRENGTH OF COLOR
CUT VERSUS CARAT
The natural color diamond’s color scale ranges in saturation from very faint to an intense vivid color. The shift in color by one grade scale can make a colored diamond more affordable or very expensive. Natural colored diamonds are among the few gemstones in which color is the main factor in determining price. In an attempt to bring some uniformity to the industry description of natural color diamonds, gem analysis laboratories have developed the fancy color diamond color scale to classify the strength or intensity of a diamond’s color. The cut of the natural color diamond affects the intensity of color in a variety of shapes. Cut plays an important part in determining the diamond’s color and brilliance. By changing angles on the pavilion or crown of the stone, the strength of the color enhances. The same proportions on a colorless diamond that are ideal do not hold same for colored diamonds. The Xaver Jewels team understands these principles and informs clients concerning the following: Diameter: the width of the diamond as measured through the girdle Table: the large, flat-top facet of a diamond – a key factor in ideal-cut diamonds Crown: the upper portion of a cut gemstone (above the girdle) Girdle: the narrow rim of a diamond that separates
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Weight is sacrificed to obtain better color, a better make or better clarity in a diamond. However, every bit of carat weight counts because these diamonds are sold based on their carat weight. A natural colored diamond’s clarity doesn’t play a vital role in determining the value of the diamond. The saturation of color makes it difficult to see inclusions, which makes it less desirable in colorless diamonds.
RARITY AND VALUE
While many factors determine the value of a natural color diamond, the most important is the face-up appearance and rarity of color. The most common colors are gray, brown and yellow. Attributes that affect value: ➊ The rarity of color: The more rare the color, the more valuable the natural diamond. A diamond’s value is either decreased or increased by the diamond’s modifying colors. The range of natural color diamonds is so broad that diamonds range from $2,500/ct (left side) to $1,500,000/ct. ➋ The strength of color: As previously stated, the value typically increases in a colored diamond with the intensity of the major color within the diamond. Laboratories grade these diamonds from light to vivid in color. ➌ The size of the stone: This holds true with size
“THE BEST COLOR IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD IS THE ONE THAT LOOKS BEST ON YOU.” – COCO CHANEL like color. The deeper the saturation, the more valuable the diamond; the larger the diamond, more valuable the natural color diamond. ➍ The shape: Some shapes are often more rare than others because of the weight loss incurred during manufacturing, the technical difficulties involved in cutting them and the overall demand. • Affordable: radiant, cushion, oval, pear shape • Highest value: round, princess, emerald cut The Xaver Jewels team offers not only top-quality diamonds and jewelry, but the priceless education you receive both during and after your purchase, as well. Nowhere in gemology is beauty and value more in the eye of the beholder than in that of natural color diamonds. It is in this world that the true value of the stone will always be exactly what it is worth to you and the lengths will you go to obtain such natural beauty.
Xaver Jewels is located at 6222 Richmond Ave., No. 315, in Houston, Texas. For more information, call 281-250-0671.
COLORED DIAMONDS, SNEHIT/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
THE EMERGENCE OF colored diamonds has made a huge impact in today’s market. They’re miracles of nature formed deep within the Earth’s surface millions of years ago. The gem’s rarity and spectacular beauty encompass a wide range of color. These one-of-a-kind gems bring warmth and style to each individual. Colored diamonds offer individuality with an array of colors not offered by any other gemstone. Natural color diamonds exist in almost every imaginable color, size and price range. They vary from the faintest shade of pastel pink to the bold and vibrant color of an orange.