Red and Blue-Violet Diamonds Unite in a Ring

November 21st, 2013 by Noam Flint

 

A red diamond or a violet diamond is a sight to behold in itself – but the two together is even more stunning. Recently, a ring was constructed that combines the majestic beauty of both colored diamonds.

A 0.75-carat fancy red diamond and a 0.78-carat fancy deep bluish violet diamond, which were found years apart in the famous Argyle Mine in Western Australia, have been united to create a 1.53-carat Diamond Twin Hearts Ring.

Fancy Red and Bluish Violet Diamond RingFancy Red and Bluish Violet Diamond Ring

Skeptics can rest assured that this ring is the real deal, as both of the heart-shaped diamonds come with certificates from the Gemological Institute of America (the GIA). The platinum and rose gold ring also includes 4.93 carats of pear-shaped diamonds.

While each exquisite Argyle Diamond in the Twin Hearts Ring is extraordinarily rare on its own, a pair so well matched in size and shape is incomparable,… For connoisseurs and collectors of Argyle Diamonds, the fancy red and the fancy deep bluish violet are investments that will triumph over time.

Said Joe Padulo, CEO of Padulo Prive, an adviser to elite and luxury jewelers

The rarity of red diamonds

The Argyle Diamond Mine is responsible for supplying over 90 percent of the world’s natural pink diamonds, and these stones are not easy to come by. In fact, pink diamonds make up only 0.01 percent of the mine’s production, and a true red diamond is even rarer than that. Only nine fancy red diamonds have been found in the 30-year history of the Argyle Mine. So it’s no surprise that, according to the Fancy Color Diamond Book, true red diamonds can rake in more than seven figures per carat – as was seen in last month’s Argyle Tender with the Red Phoenix, a 1.56 carat Fancy Red that was sold for more than $2 Million (video inside).

Not much is known about red diamonds, making much of their nature a mystery – however, one thing is for sure: Their color is remarkable. The Fancy Color Diamond Book explained that the cause of these stones’ red hue is defects in the crystal lattice that happen during their formation. The resulting color is brighter than the crimson of a ruby or a garnet, and entirely awe-inspiring. You’ll never see the word “intense” or “vivid” before a red diamond. Why? Because gemological laboratories deem that description to be unnecessary – it’s a given that a red diamond is both of these things.

The value of violet diamonds

Pair of Violet Diamonds

Violet diamonds are also a highly unusual discovery. Rare Investment reported that just over a decade ago, there was still a debate as to whether these diamonds could even be considered to have a separate category since they were so uncommon or maybe a sub-category of purple diamonds.

While their existence is undeniable, the news outlet noted that they usually come with undertones of blue or gray, making a true deep violet stone a very special find. In fact, officials that work for Rio Tinto, which owns the Argyle Diamond Mine, have stated that the total amount of violet diamonds they find over the course of a year would barely fill a teaspoon. The saturation levels of this diamond color can range between fancy, fancy dark and fancy deep.

So how do these stones get their amazing hue? Contrary to popular belief, boron does not cause the color of violet diamonds, as it does with blue diamonds. Instead, these diamonds owe their unusual color to traces of hydrogen. There’s no telling how many more violet diamonds the world will see, either. The Argyle Mine, which produces a majority of these stones, is scheduled to close in 2018. That means that five years from now, these stones will become even harder to come by – making them a truly interesting for investment.

 

The ring is on display by The one and Only One for more information visit here

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