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What other factors determine the price of COLORed DIAMONDS?
The prices are determined by a variation on the ‘Four C’s’: carat, clarity, color and cut – the standard way to determine the price in white diamonds.
Are COLORed DIAMONDS cheaper than white diamonds?
If the diamonds’ clarity is similar, most enhanced colored diamonds have prices slightly lower than naturally white diamonds, because the diamonds we use as raw material are not white but off-colors. However, colors which are particularly difficult to produce such as pink can be more expensive than white. Also, colors such as Aqua Blue, Ice green & Coated Pink are more expensive as we use white diamonds to make them. Black diamonds are the least expensive as they are the easiest to produce.
What accounts for the price differences between certain colors, i.e. why are pink diamonds more expensive than black diamonds?
The cost of raw material and ease of production determines the price differences across different colors. Enhanced black diamonds are relatively inexpensive because black is the easiest color to produce, and you can use any decent-clarity diamond as their base. On the other hand, enhanced pink diamonds cost much more because they are the hardest to produce consistently as it is very difficult to predict which base stones will emerge in those colors.
Why are the lighter colors more expensive than the more intense color?
The lighter colors such as Aqua Blue, Ice Green or Ice Pink are made using white diamonds whereas the more intense colors such as Royal Blue, Emerald Green or Orangish Cognac are made using browner diamonds. The higher cost of the raw material used to make the lighter colors is what makes them more expensive.
Does the clarity of the diamond change after the treatment process?
The clarity of a diamond does not physically improve due to to the enhancement process. But certain clarities can become more or less visible i.e. black inclusions can become less visible in a Blue Diamond but white feathers will become more visible against the background color in the same diamond. Also, black piques are more visible in the yellow colors.