Until recently I thought all diamonds came in one color – clear. It turns out that this is not true. Contrary to popular thought, diamonds come in a variety of colors, including black, blue, gray, green, pink, and red. Of these color variations, red it the most prized color because it is the rarest.
Diamonds, as I’m sure you already know, are pricey. Red diamonds are about as pricey as it gets because of their rarity. The most expensive of red diamonds is the color known as “fancy red”. The reason why “fancy red” is so desirable is because the color is naturally occurring, unlike some of the other colored diamonds.
I have long known that clear diamonds are graded based on their purity of color. They can rate anywhere from D to Z, with Z representing light yellow in color. But it turns out that colored diamonds are not rated. Instead or a rating system, colored diamonds are described by their coloring.
For example, a red diamond could be described as any color ranging from Faint to Fancy Vivid. Other color descriptions include Very Light, Fancy Intense, Fancy Dark, and Fancy Deep.
As I said above, jewelers can color diamonds, even the red ones. Heat is required to color a diamond, but there is no way to control the color when a diamond is heated. And, as you might guess, a color treated diamond is worth less than a naturally colored one.
That made me wonder how I could tell if a jeweler’s colored diamond has been heat treated or not. What I found is that there are jewelers who sell non-heated diamonds. These dealers are called quality diamond dealers, and those are the ones you want to look for if you care about the authenticity of a diamond’s color.
The largest fancy red diamond was unearthed in Brazil by a farmer in the 1990s. Known as the Moussaieff Red Diamond, the original pre-cut size was a whopping 13.90 carats. The color was a lighter red along the outside, but the color deepened towards the center.
This amazing diamond is owned by Moussaieff Jewelers, Ltd. of London, hence the name of the diamond. If you want to see it, I’m sorry to say that it is not currently on display. The Moussaieff Red Diamond was last shown to the public in 2003, when it was on display at the the Smithsonian Museum in the United States. It was part of the “Splendor of Diamonds” show.
Red diamonds have become a popular stone for engagement rings in recent years. They are incredibly beautiful stones, and any woman would be lucky to have such a rare stone as a sign of her impending nuptials.
My personal favorite style for the red diamond is a marquis cut, accented by small clear diamond studs all around it. This is the style I want from my future husband whenever I get engaged. However, I admit that I would be happy with any red diamond ring.