About the Pink Colored Diamond
A pink colored diamond is one of the most widely sought after colored diamonds in the world. Originally highly supplied by India, the pink colored diamond is now also produced by irradiation, which is much cheaper. The story goes that in 1526, Babur, who was the first Moghul Emperor, was given a gift by Rajah of Agra. This gift was a light pink colored diamond, given to show Rajah of Agra’s appreciation for sparing his life after the capture of his city. This colored diamond was worn on Babur’s turban.
However, now the Argyle Mine located in Australia is responsible for the majority of these colored diamonds. Today, they are very popular among celebrities, who love wearing them on the red carpet. The Argyle Mine produces the famous argyle pink colored diamond. This colored diamond sells for about 20 times what a white or colorless diamond would sell for to the public. A pink colored diamond can come in all the shapes that a colorless diamond can, with a higher value because of its rarity. In fact, they are so rare that many jewelers have never, and never will, see a natural pink colored diamond.
A pink colored diamond would not get its color from any sort of imperfection or impurity in its chemical makeup. Instead, it comes from structural anomalies. This is called plastic deformation and can be created during the crystal growth. It also affects what intensity of pink these colored diamonds would have.
As with other colored diamonds, a pink colored diamond follows a color scale. It includes three parts: hue, tone, and saturation. A pink colored diamond will have a purplish pink, a pink, or an orangy pink hue. For all colored diamonds, there are traditionally seven steps of tone, ranging from very light to very dark. For saturation, there are nine different categories, also for most colored diamonds, that range from faint to fancy vivid. These three categories are utilized to form a color grade for colored diamonds to assign them value.
The care for a pink colored diamond is generally the same as any other colored diamonds. When cleaning a pink diamond, the jewelry polish must be approved by a jeweler and bleach must be avoided. The chemicals in bleach and in some jewelry cleaners may react with the pink colored diamond and change it over time to a murky brown or yellow. Additionally, when cleaning a pink diamond, it is important not to scrub too hard. A pink colored diamond is treated with a heat coating and scrubbing too hard will remove that coating.