Pink diamonds evoke a special sense of romance and luxury because they’re especially rare, beautiful and valuable. In fact, according to the Argyle Diamond Mine, a pink diamond can cost 20 times the price of an equivalent white diamond.
Pink diamonds are just one type of Natural Fancy Color Diamond, which are very rare. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), “Of the millions of diamonds mined each year, only .001 percent can qualify as fancy colors, and only a handful can achieve the top grades of Intense and Vivid.”
Pink diamonds are the second-rarest of all colored diamonds, so it’s easy to see how unique a high-quality stone of this color really is.
What Makes Pink Diamonds Pink?
Pink diamonds range in intensity from delicate and faint to intense and vivid, and in color from pure pink to orangey-pink, purplish-pink and brownish-pink.
It’s unclear how pink diamonds get their color, but one theory says that when the diamond is forced to the Earth’s surface, the structure of the diamond is altered, forcing the stone to absorb light differently and emit the pink hue.
Iconic Pink Diamonds
The Daria-i-Noor: One of the best-known examples of these gems is a table-cut light pink diamond that weighs an incredible 186 carats. It has been worn by a number of kings and was part of the United Kingdom’s crown jewels until 1739, when the Persian army took it back to Iran.
The Noor-ul-Ain: Also known as “the light of the eye,” this 60-carat oval brilliant-cut pink diamond is said to have been discovered in India’s Golconda mines. It was the centerpiece in Iranian Empress Farah Pahlavi’s wedding tiara, which she wore in 1958.
The Pink Star: A rare pink diamond dubbed the Pink Star recently became the world’s most expensive gemstone to sell at auction for $71.2 million. The oval-cut, 59.6-carat jewel is the largest fancy vivid pink diamond categorized as “flawless” or “internally flawless” that the GIA has ever graded.
The Graff Pink: Another exquisite, extremely rare pink diamond to sell at auction is the Graff Pink, a 24.78-carat fancy intense pink, VVS2 clarity, emerald-cut stone which sold for $46.16 million.
The Princie Diamond: This 34.65-carat fancy intense pink diamond was sold for a whopping $39,323,750 ($1,135,000 per carat) in 2013. The diamond was originally owned by Mir Osman Ali Khan, who sold the stone to Van Cleef & Arpels for $70,000 in 1960.
Celebrity Pink Diamonds
Ben Affleck presented Jennifer Lopez with a gorgeous 6-carat pink diamond ring when he proposed. Mariah Carey’s engagement ring from Nick Cannon featured a 10.02-carat pink emerald-cut diamond, and Penelope Ann Miller donned her 3-carat pink radiant diamond ring at the 2012 Academy Awards.
To shop a stunning selection of pink diamond jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.