All About an Argyle Pink Diamond
This article is not here to bombard you with irrelevant material (though I believe there is no such thing as too much information). A few simple facts will help you grasp the rest of this article and ultimately become a smarter, more knowledgeable shopper.
Argyle pink diamonds are tinted diamonds. Unlike “ordinary” colourless diamonds, these diamonds come in a rainbow of hues.
Included in these colours are the well-known brown and yellow diamonds and the rarer hues of orange and pink.
Argyle Pink diamonds are rare. They are unusual hues in their type. Unlike the other hues of coloured diamonds, the pink colour is still a mystery.
How Are Pink Diamonds Colored?
Pink Diamond Grading
When grading coloured diamonds, the colour description is commonly composed of two or three hues.
Pure pink diamonds are rarer than pink diamonds with secondary hues. Pink diamonds come in three colours: purple-pink, brown pink, and orange-pink.
The quantity of secondary colour is stated on the certificate. A brownish pink diamond is a pink diamond with a faint brown tint, whereas a brown-pink diamond has a heavier brown tint (though it is still mostly pink).
A brownish pink diamond is 25% brown and 75% pink, while a brown pink is 40% brown and 60% pink. It’s not precise, but it’s close enough.
The same goes for purple, pink and orange-pink.
It can even be a mix of three – a brownish orangy pink diamond, a brownish purplish pink, etc.
BUT WAIT – pink diamonds’ hues don’t end there…
Last but not least, colours have another dimension. Coloured diamonds (and pinks) are graded for both colour and intensity. The colour description on the GIA certificate has a prefix. This prefix is the vigour.
Pink diamond colour intensities include faint, light, fancy, intense, deep, and vivid.
Checklist for Pink Diamond Buying
To be a wise buyer, you must first ensure that the pink diamond is GIA certified. No one knows what they’re receiving without a GIA certificate. Thus the rest are meaningless.
GIA Certified Natural Fancy Intense Purplish Pink Diamond
Also, note this is a GIA certificate and not a gemological certificate. The GIA is renowned for its strictness and consistency. If you don’t believe this, just Google Pink Diamonds, and you’ll notice that when a firm displays pink diamonds with GIA certificates next to pink diamonds with IGI certificates, the IGI certified diamond is always cheaper!
Why? Because what the IGI (for example) considers a fancy pink diamond may be “only” a fancy light pink to the GIA or have a brownish tinge (i.e. fancy brownish pink), lowering its value.
How are Pink Diamond Prices Set?
To grade and evaluate a diamond, the GIA developed the 4C method. These are Colour, Contrast, Cut, and Carat. While many other factors influence a diamond’s price and value, these four are the most important and are in equilibrium.
A colourless diamond with high fluorescence (not one of the 4 C’s) is valued 15%-20% less than a comparable diamond without fluorescence.
The GIA created the 4Cs for colourless diamonds.
The colour is the major focus of coloured diamonds. A 1 carat pure bright pink will cost several times more than a 1 carat pretty pink (or even 2 carats). A fancy or a pale pink may cost more than a vivid pink, but the prices rise with the strength of the hue. In other circumstances, the rise is not linear but exponential as you approach the highest intensities (in multiples).
It’s considerably more difficult to analyse diamonds with a secondary colour.
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