Jewel: Jasper, I have a question for you. Why do we come in so many different colors?
Jasper: Well, our colors come from what chemical we are around before we are born. That is, except if you are born pink.
Jewel: What makes pink diamonds different from the rest? How are they colored?
Jasper: Until recently, it’s been sort of a mystery. Scientists did however discover that the color is not cause by a trace element, like for example boron makes blue diamonds blue.
Jewel: So what would cause us to be colored pink?
Jasper: A colored center. Some scientists think it is colored by an atomic-level lattice defect that selectively absorb light in the visible region of the spectrum.
Jewel: Um, what?
Jasper: Ha ha ha! Let me make this a little simpler. We are colored when we undergo extreme heat and pressure. When all this is happening, disturbance during the growth process creates grain lines. These lines bend light and produce the pink hue which in turn reflects throughout the diamond. The stronger the grain line, the stronger the color.
Jewel: I see. So we can just be one shade of pink then?
Jasper: No, there are so many shades of pink! The GIA uses a grading scale called Fancy Grade. This ranges from fancy light – fancy intense.
Jewel: How does it work?
Jasper: Let me show you this chart to help you understand. See, there are 8 different shades or variations of color or in this case, pink. Grading a fancy color diamond a is complex and specialized trade, and it takes highly trained laboratory graders to complete the process accurately.
Jewel:I’d love to be purple pink like fancy vivid, does it mean I am more expensive? 🙂
Jasper: It’s true that the deeper the color, the more expensive! With diamonds in the normal range, value is based on the absence of color, because colorless diamonds are the rarest. With fancy color diamonds – Even the slightest color difference can affect the value of the diamond, especially when it comes to pink. Along with blue and green, pink and red are they highest priced colored diamonds. Clarity also plays a huge part in price.
Jewel: I hear that most our pink ladies came from Australia is that true?
Jasper: Yes, it is. They are born in the Argyle diamond mine in western Austria. You know the celebrity Argyle Pink Jubilee was born there!
Jewel: Wow, I want that to be me! Thanks for teaching me all about PINK. I want to know about all the other colors we come in sometime. Will you tell me?
Jasper: I would love to.
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