Fancy Color Certified Diamonds
Diamonds form naturally in the earth under conditions of extreme temperature and pressure. Most diamonds are pure or nearly pure, causing them to be transparent and mostly colorless. Sometimes, though, other elements seep into the carbon atoms of the diamond, causing different colors to display. Gray and blue diamonds are caused by the presence of boron. Yellow and brown diamonds have been exposed to nitrogen. And diamonds that have been exposed to natural radiation turn green. Other natural colors include pink, purple, orange and even red. When the color is saturated enough, it is considered a Fancy Color Diamond.
Rarity: A naturally colored diamond is one of the rarest elements found on earth. Certain color diamonds are found more often than others, but even the most common are found less than 0.1% as often as a quality colorless diamond carat.
Color stones are found in only a handful of diamond mines in the world, and even then only appear as a small percentage of full production. Some colors, such as Fancy Red, Intense Violet, or Vivid Blues are considered so rare that most companies will never actually see them.
Supply & Demand: Different characteristics are considered when assessing the overall value of a stone. Needless to say, the rarity contributes a large portion of the value. However, just as important as supply, is the demand. Market demand for certain colors will ultimately determine how high the prices appreciate over the years, and how difficult it will be to sell when the time comes.
It was only in the beginning of the 21st century that the popularity of certain color diamond jewelry among the rich and famous began to grow. As the years passed, and more of the influential celebrities displayed their color diamond jewelry in public, fashion trends began to pick up on the style. Furthermore, with the development of the Internet, naturally colored diamonds are now available to the general public at affordable prices – demand has appreciated at a phenomenal rate.
Fancy Color Diamonds demonstrate high returns in comparison to other major investment opportunities in the market.
Argyle Pink Diamonds Compared to Colorless Diamonds
2000 to 2012 Asset Class Price Increase
Fancy Color Certified Diamonds demonstrate high returns as seen in the example below which reveals a 350% increase from 2000 to 2012 for a 5 ct Fancy Intense Yellow Certified Diamond.
Price Performance & Value Retention
The price per carat has significantly increased over the past 10 years.
*Source: Figures for Comparison Trends provided by Leibish & Co.
Value Retention: Naturally colored diamonds have always represented power, prosperity and wealth. As a result of their history, they are collected and valued all over the world. They are well established, and internationally recognized goods.
Naturally colored diamonds have demonstrated value retention as a result of their high demand and depleting supply. Since they are so rare, each one of the diamonds found is an entirely unique, one-of-a-kind piece. As a result, there is no fixed price list. Their value is determined by the prices paid at auction. Recently 13 price records have been broken for these diamonds.
Color Diamond Market
The investment market for fancy color diamonds works quite similar to other rare alternative investments. When purchasing an exquisite piece of art, one wouldn’t even consider the purchase without having someone first assess it, and perhaps consult with experts on its value and earning potential. Color diamonds are very much the same. Since there are no fixed prices, you will need to find a well connected expert within the industry that you can trust. When you acquire rare color diamonds with us, you can be assured that we have already done the homework for you, presenting only the premium diamonds that our team has determined has the best chance of appreciation over time.
One of the greatest benefits of color diamonds is the ability to enjoy your investment without devaluating it over time. Hence, it only makes sense to invest in color that you or your loved ones will enjoy. GIA has established a color grade scale that encompasses the hue, tone and saturation of color as seen by an experienced gemologist. All fancy color diamonds are accompanied by a GIA color diamond report and consist of natural colors.
Hue is the appearance of a diamond classified as green, blue, violet, red or something in between. The color description of a diamond can be a combination of 2 or more colors. When reading a diamond color description on the GIA report, the final color hue is the major color and any other color description before it, is a modifier.
There are 8 dominant color hues that are used in the GIA grading system: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet and Purple. The Red is further defined by using Pink as the dominant color completing the scale to eight colors. Brown and Gray are not considered in the same context as the dominant 8 and are often used as modifiers for specific hues, but can stand alone with a fancy certification.
Tone color grading refers to the lightness or darkness of the hue.
Saturation refers to the dominance of hue in the color, as well the intensity. Saturation measures how strong and intense the primary color of the diamond actually is, such as light, deep, intense or vivid. A fully saturated color is the truest version of that color. Primary colors (blue, yellow, red) are "true", so they are also fully saturated. There are six categories in the GIA Color Grading Scale that equate to color saturation: Fancy Dark, Fancy Deep, Fancy Vivid, Fancy Intense, Fancy and Fancy Light.
Advantages of Investing in Fancy Color Diamonds
No Maintenance Costs
Long Term Growth
No Lengthy Closings & Financing Contingencies