Colored diamonds like all rare and unique creations in Nature are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Today, these rare colored creations are accessible like never before. In this article, we will be discussing the beauty and value of blue diamonds, a fancy diamond that has captured the hearts and awe of millions around the world.
Let’s dive in.
The first blue diamond was found in the 17th century in the Kollur Mine of Andhra Pradesh in India. The famous “Hope Diamond” is one of the most famous precious stones in the world weighing in at an incredible 45.52 carats! It didn’t stay in India for long. It was purchased by a French merchant and sold to King Louis XIV. Once it was recut it was re-named “Hope” and sold to a socialite from Washington who wore the unique gem often. To see it today you can visit the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. as part of their National Gem and Mineral Collection.
The Unique Color
Now that you know the history let’s take a peek at the science behind blue diamonds. Color refers to three separate attributes: hue, saturation, and tone. According to the diamond standard, this is one of the most critical elements of a colored diamond. The 4 C’s of gems have been instituted as color, clarity, cut, and carat.
Let’s take a look at the color element first, as this is the most critical part of a fancy colored diamond.
The blue in blue diamonds is derived from the element Boron. The more Boron present, the more saturated the gen will appear. The value of a blue diamond then is determined by how vivid the color is. The Gemological Institute of America has listed it as follows:
● Faint Blue
● Very Light Blue
● Light Blue
● Fancy Light Blue
● Fancy Blue
● Fancy Intense Blue
● Fancy Deep Blue
● Fancy Vivid Blue
Choosing a great blue diamond begins with choosing the right vendor. Experts like those at Astteria Diamonds will be able to walk you through the intricacies as well as the value of each diamond.
They will also help you choose the right setting to show off your specific piece. Next, let’s look at the cut of the stone.
The Cut of a Blue Diamond
The cut, not to be confused with the shape, is an integral part of how your diamond will sparkle and how the color will appear. This is in major contrast to a colorless diamond, where the objective is to be as clear as possible. In a fancy color diamond, however, the longer the light stays in the stones’ facets the more color shows.
This is also why the next criteria, Clarity, is less important for colored stones as it is for colorless diamonds.
Although many people may think this refers to the size it is actually the weight of the stone. All of the C’s together will impact the value, rarity, and price of the blue diamond. If you are looking to choose a phenomenal stone the color outweighs the clarity hands down for fancy diamonds. You can find a beautiful selection online or in stores, such as Astteria Diamonds’ Blue Diamonds collection.
Famous Blue Diamonds
The “Hope” Diamond is one of the most famous Blue Diamonds but it isn’t alone. The Heart of Eternity, an impressive 27 carats Fancy Vivid Blue was found and cut by the Steinmetz Group for De Beers. If ever auctioned it would come out to a whopping $80 million! Another $80 million piece with a fascinating history is the Wittelsbach-Graff. This incredible gem was mounted in the crown of the King of Bavaria.
Blue diamonds are truly rare For a truly unique and breathtaking piece, add a blue diamond to your collection today! Remember to choose the top quality of the 4 C’s and always choose an accredited vendor with a stellar reputation, like Asterria Diamonds.