Pink Diamond Buying Guide
When buying a pink diamond, it is imperative that you buy it from a vendor that supplies high quality videos or photos like James Allen or Blue Nile. Leibish & Co are also an excellent choice thanks to their sterling customer service and expertise in the colored stone market.
A Pink Diamond’s Color
We aren’t sure how pink diamonds obtain their color. Unlike other colored stones, they don’t contain impurities which imbue color. But that hasn’t stopped a number of theories being presented on where the color comes from. Some believe t is from the pressure on the diamond during formation. Others believe that it could have been caused by a shock that changed the diamond’s molecular structure.
Although we don’t know why it is pink, it still makes for a beautiful stone for engagement rings and other forms of jewelry.
The Intensity of Pink Diamonds
The shade of the pink in a pink diamond is graded by its intensity and strength. As well as pink, these diamonds can also have a secondary color such as purple or orange.
GIA grades pink diamonds in the following way:
- Very light
- Fancy light
- Fancy intense
- Fancy vivid
It is hard to evaluate the intensity of a pink diamond. That’s because each grade is also actually a range. A diamond expert is your best bet for finding out your diamond’s grade.
Pink diamonds can also be graded on a number scale from 1-9. GIA is usually the standard, however.
The Rarity and Price of Pink Diamond
Pink diamonds are found the world over, but most are found in the Argyle mine in Western Australia. It is incredibly rare and only a few are produced each year. Over the last couple of years, prices have increased significantly owing to marketing efforts and Ben Affleck’s proposal to Jennifer Lopez with a pink diamond in 2002. They are the most expensive naturally colored diamond in the world behind only red diamonds.
The price of pink diamonds shoots up as the size and intensity of the color grows. It is important to have a clear budget in mind so that you don’t overshoot and can narrow your search. As part of this, you will need to determine which intensity you want.
Just a slight increase in color or carat size can have a huge impact in price, often adding tens of thousands of dollars. We show you the full chart on the home page.
Engagement Ring Settings for Pink Diamonds
We recommend the following three setting styles to show off your pink diamond.
A Three Stone Setting
Adding side stones to your pink diamond can boost its size and sparkle.
A Halo Setting
A halo setting of loads of smaller stones or diamonds can really make your pink diamond pop.
A Double Halo Setting
If you add a second halo ring it can make your diamond pop even more.
Jewelry Settings for Pink Diamond
Pink diamonds don’t just make great engagement ring, they also look fantastic in other types of jewelry including:
- Pink diamond earrings
- Pink diamond necklaces
- Pink diamond bracelets