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We have recently purchased a small number of fancy coloured diamonds, as shown in our photographs. Natural fancy coloured diamonds are very rare and expensive. These particular diamonds are enhanced or treated. If this fact puts you off owning one, then please stop to consider that every diamond has been enhanced by facetting, and most coloured gemstones are heat treated to enhance their colour. We will add a page devoted to gemstone treatments when we have more time, although we do discuss gemstone treatment on the individual gemstone pages linked to our A to Z of Gemstones section. To the best of our knowledge the treatment is permanent.
Selection of Colours
At present we have available orange, green, yellow and blue. We aim to add new colours as the opportunity arises. Our photograph shows the blue diamond in its full beauty, narrowly fails to capture the colour of the yellow diamond, badly fails to do justice to the green diamond, and works out about right for the orange stone. We have selected our current stock of stones from a number of similarly coloured diamonds, and in each case we have selected only the very best colours, and the most attractive stones.
The blue diamond pictured is a beautiful bright stone, we do not know the correct name for the nearest colour, so if anyone out there can suggest an accurate description, we would appreciate your feedback. Natural fancy blue diamonds are extremely rare and expensive. We rejected a number of other blue diamonds for various reasons, some had a sea-green overtone, others were not as bright, probably due to having slightly imperfect proportions, please read our Diamonds - Cut page if you do not know the importance of proportion. Some people might think that if they wanted a blue stone they could buy a sapphire, and they would be quite right, although this is a very unimaginative way of thinking. It would be very difficult to find a sapphire as bright and attractive as our diamond, and even if it were possible to find a sapphire as intense and as sparkly, it would be very expensive. Also, although sapphires are very hard, they are nowhere near as hard as diamonds.
Some people believe that yellow means poor quality as far as diamonds are concerned, and that the best diamonds are completely colourless. The view demonstrates that a little learning is dangerous. What matters more is personal preference not received dogma. All colours have different psychological effects. Yellow is a high attention colour, and can be perceived more quickly than other colours, for this reason it is often used for safety clothing. Yellow is not, for most people, a high preference colour, so it is not as popular as other colours for gemstones. Strangely, if you asked most people for a list of their favourite colours, they would list blue, red, green, pink, amongst their favourites. Hardly anybody would list white (alright we know that white is not strictly a colour), yet so many people insist that they only wear diamonds, and don't wear coloured stones. We think these people are missing out very badly.
Our photograph shows a few dark, brownish areas in the stone, the actual stone looks better, but it is difficult to get good photographs of small highly reflective objects such as diamonds. We will try to replace it with a better photograph later.
The worst stone as far as our photograph is concerned is the green diamond. Whether it's because we failed to line the diamond up squarely to the camera, or our flash lighting has altered the apparent colour, we don't know. We will of course try to get a better photograph when we get more time, but meanwhile we can tell you that the actual stone looks far better than it's photo. The actual colour is a khaki green, and is very attractive. We cannot recall seeing this exact colour before in any gemstone. Even if we did, it would not have the fire and life which our stone possesses.
The first of the fancy diamond colours to have been produced was orange, and for some time it was the only attractive colour of fancy coloured diamond available. It is possible to produce fancy brown stones, but these are usually not as attractive as other colours. Some orange diamonds are a brownish orange, we try to ensure that any orange stones we select are closer to a pure orange than brown. Orange diamonds look very startling. They are often similar in colour to amber or precious topaz, but are far brighter and more sparkly.
Rings to Follow Soon
We intend initially to make a solitaire diamond ring with each of the colours we have. We could, of course, make a diamond pendant, but we tend to specialise in rings. We could always make a pendant to order.
Other Ring Designs
We considered making a number of two-stone diamond rings, with either one white and one coloured diamond, or with two matching coloured diamonds. One of the problems is that it is difficult to find a perfectly matching pair of these coloured diamonds. Some jewellers might be content with a near match, but we aim for an excellent match. One of the most attractive ideas we had was to make a number of three stone diamond rings, firstly with a coloured diamond centre, with two smaller white diamonds, alternatively with a larger white centre diamond and two matching coloured side stones. With this design, the match between the two coloured stones does not need to be quite as precise. We could of course make other designs, such as five stone diamond rings, clusters, or eternity rings. We can always make these to order, as the possible variations are almost limitless.
Ear-Rings & Pendants
Our coloured diamonds would make startling solitaire pendants or solitaire diamond ear-studs. Once again, we could always make these to order. Please be sure to allow us plenty of time, it is not quick or easy to find matching stones of the right quality and size. Because coloured diamonds, even enhanced ones, are far rarer than whitish ones, this job is even more difficult.
Fashion Leaders & Independent Spirits
Fancy coloured diamonds will only currently appeal to fashion leaders, and not to the sheeplike followers. They will also appeal to those who know their own minds and are capable of thinking for themselves. One day, maybe, coloured diamonds will become "fashionable", and then everybody and his dog will want one. By that time, we at Chard will have moved on as usual. When we say fashionable we really mean "as defined by the media", in other words hyped. It's your choice whether to be a slave or a free spirit.
Judging from the number of enquiries we get for pink diamonds, some pop star must have recently been reported as having acquired a pink diamond. If you would like a natural fancy coloured pink diamond of, say, one carat, be prepared to pay about a million pounds for it! We have recently bought a small parcel of pink diamonds of between 0.16 and 0.29 carats, and are hoping to source more soon.
Black diamonds are currently being "hyped" into fashion. Despite this, we have a few available at reasonable prices, together with our usual conservative advice.
Natural Fancy Coloured Diamonds
We recently sold the last of a small parcel of natural fancy coloured diamonds. Each was about half a carat, two out of the four sold to a retail jeweller, the other two we sold direct to their new owners. The last one was a striking orange colour.
For unmounted diamonds, please see our Unmounted Diamonds page.
For other unmounted gemstones, please see our Unmounted Gemstones page.
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