What is a natural pink diamond, and why is it rare?
The natural pink diamond is one of the most sought-after types of diamond due to its unique color. According to various theories, the diamond’s unique hue is due to these diamonds’ enormous pressure during their formation through millions of years in the kimberlite pipes of volcanoes.
Naturally occurring pink diamonds are free of any impurities that they derive their color from, unlike other stones in the colored diamonds family, making pink diamonds among the rarest of diamonds out there. Their attractive color has always kept them in huge demand worldwide as a beautiful stone for engagement rings, bracelets, and earrings.
The GIA grade for pink diamonds is on the following scale in ascending order:
· Very Light
· Fancy Light
· Fancy Intense
· Fancy Vivid, Fancy Deep, or Fancy Dark
The largest reserve of pink diamonds is located in the Argyle mine in Western Australia. Since only a few pink diamonds are produced each year, this beautiful gemstone remains extremely rare and valuable.
Why are they expensive?
The demand for pink diamonds has shot up over the years, while their supply remains ever low and limited, thereby making the rare pink diamonds of tremendous value today. Moreover, as diamonds commonly occur in white, brown, and yellow range of colors, the intense natural pink color of these diamonds makes them rarer and far more expensive.
Also, the main factors determining the price of pink diamonds are their color intensity and carat weight—the more their size and more saturated the color, the higher the value and price of the beautiful stone.
Therefore, certified natural, high-quality “Fancy Vivid” pink diamonds are the most expensive diamonds in the market, reaching almost 20 times the price of a white diamond.
Further, the secondary or modifying tone of the pink diamond can also affect its value. A pink diamond with a purplish modifier would probably be slightly less expensive than a natural pink gemstone without a color modifier.
Investing in Diamonds
The idea of making diamonds a lucrative investment tool has gained momentum over the last few years. This can be attributed to two reasons: predicting a huge rise in their demand from China and India’s evolving markets where the middle class populates rapidly. The second reason is the massive increase in natural colored diamonds’ popularity, among other evolved markets.
Moreover, a diamond is durable—being the hardest substance on earth, you don’t have to worry about anything happening to it. They are also inflation-proof, and the potential of investing in diamonds easily overcomes their cons.
Thus, investing in colored diamonds is lucrative, and you can also invest in diamonds by buying stocks of diamond-related companies.
Investing in Moissanites
Moissanite is considered the best diamond alternative as it is much cheaper and more sparkling than a diamond. Moreover, it resembles a diamond—in all aspects, including the cut, set, and metal, and is almost equally durable as a diamond.
Therefore, although a comparatively affordable gemstone, a high-quality Moissanite can still dominate a hefty-priced market. This can be attributed to its arduous, resource-consuming creation process that does not come cheap—not anywhere close to cubic zirconia cheap.
This diamond alternative’s prices can significantly vary depending on its quality and brand, but usually, a 1 carat colorless Moissanite costs above $600.
Also, while investing in Moissanite, keep in mind that though the stone is often chosen as an alternative to diamonds, it isn’t easy to estimate its resale value at this stage as it is still a somewhat new gemstone for commercial use. However, it is guaranteed that reselling Moissanite generally offers you a return of around half the value of what you paid for it, which is quite similar for diamonds.
Investing in Pearl
Cultured pearls are semi-precious stones regarded as fine jewelry alongside some precious gems like diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, etc. If you buy high-quality pearls such as Hanadama or South Sea pearls, your stone retains its value and may even increase in value over time.
Therefore, you can invest in jewelry made of pearl to earn you a reasonable amount of money for your return, but remember that non-white pearls are the highest earners concerning pearl prices. This is because natural colored pearls are expensive as they are scarce.
The main other factor determining the value of a colored pearl is what kind of a pearl it is. So, when investing in pearls, look for graded gemstones that are smoother, non-marred, and almost flawless, as they are the most preferred and of higher value.