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Single Stone

At Eiseman Jewels, we have a reputation for unparalleled service, impeccable quality, and for partnering with the most revered independent designers in contemporary jewelry. Single Stone is one of those designers. Drawing their inspiration from vintage design and the unique charm of antique diamonds, Single Stone is devoted to creating engagement rings and wedding bands that remain true to original, historic details.

Single Stone

Single Stone is no ordinary jewelry designer. They use antique diamonds all selected by hand — most of which were cut over 100 years ago — in their engagement rings, and each mounting is made specifically for every single stone. The result is a timeless, sophisticated aesthetic — best viewed under candlelight — with an edge and rings that are as individual as their wearers.

Single Stone

Whether they’re meticulously restoring a vintage piece or creating a one-of-a-kind heirloom, Single Stone excels in their commitment to craftsmanship. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in Los Angeles using metalwork techniques from past eras, including Art Deco, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau. Single Stone rings are available in a variety of metals and exclusive finishes, starting at 22-karat gold all the way to 18-karat gold, including 18-karat oxidized yellow gold and 18-karat natural white gold.

Single Stone

Whether it’s a bespoke engagement ring, a jewel to mark an important milestone or a piece that will help create a signature look, each of Single Stone’s stunning designs is made to celebrate life’s most treasured moments.

Single Stone

To shop our stunning selection of Single Stone designs, visit our Wedding Band Event on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at Eiseman Jewels in Dallas’ NorthPark Center, Single Stone’s exclusive North Texas retailer.

 

synthetic diamonds

A synthetic diamond — also called an artificial diamond, cultured diamond or cultivated diamond — is a diamond produced by an artificial, human-engineered process, as opposed to a natural diamond, which is created by a natural geological process. Synthetic diamonds are commonly referred to as HPHT (high-pressure high-temperature) diamonds or CVD (chemical vapor deposition) diamonds after the two most common production methods.

There’s nothing wrong with synthetic diamonds, if that’s what you’re after. But the real danger lies in believing that you’re buying natural diamonds when you are instead getting synthetic ones, which are significantly less valuable.

What Synthetic Diamonds Are Not

Synthetic Diamonds

Synthetic diamonds are sometimes incorrectly referred to as imitations or simulants. Diamond imitations such as cubic zirconia and synthetic moissanite — which only look like diamonds — have very different chemical and physical properties from diamonds. This is what allows trained gemologists to recognize them more easily. Synthetic diamonds, however, are much harder to detect.

Synthetic and Natural Diamonds are Made of the Same Thing

Synthetic Diamonds

While most people associate the term synthetic with imitation products, artificial diamonds are actually made of the same material as natural ones (pure carbon, crystallized in isotropic 3D form). In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission is working to make the naming distinction more clear. It has indicated that terms such as laboratory-grownlaboratory-created, and [manufacturer-name]-created “more clearly communicate the nature of the stone.”

How to Avoid The Synthetic Trap

Synthetic Diamonds

Gem-quality synthetic diamonds are more available than ever before. The process for making them has improved, and consequently, so many good synthetic diamonds are entering the market that customers can inadvertently purchase a synthetic diamond without knowing it.

There is certainly nothing inherently wrong with buying a synthetic diamond. But they are less valuable than natural diamonds, and they can easily be passed off as natural by untrustworthy jewelers and merchants.

To that end, the importance of working with a jeweler you know and trust simply cannot be overstated. A good jeweler will have the expertise and equipment to determine synthetic diamonds from natural ones.

Synthetic Diamonds

The bottom line is: If you’re going to invest in quality diamonds, you should do so from a reputable, authorized dealer like Eiseman Jewels.

To shop our stunning selection of natural diamond jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

furrer jacot

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a wedding band. The quality, the materials, the price — they all play a big part in the decision. But what matters most is the emotional connection to the ring. Does it make the bride’s face light up? Does the groom beam with pride when he wears it? When you find the right one, you just know.

Engraving a personalized message of love on the inside of a wedding band makes it you unique to you and your spouse. Your wedding date, special nicknames you have for each other, a sentiment that means a lot to you both — these are just a few engraving examples that can add a special touch to your rings. Yes, an engraved wedding band is a romantic gesture, but it’s also a lasting expression of love between you and your new spouse. Your rings will likely become family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation.

Engraving and Personalizations Options from Furrer Jacot

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Since 1858, in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, Furrer Jacot has produced made-to-order individually crafted wedding bands and jewelry according to the highest standards of Swiss craftsmanship. The FJ trademark stamped into every piece symbolizes this traditional company’s dedication to and responsibility for the quality and authenticity of the materials used and the workmanship of its products.

Below are the different engraving options offered by Furrer Jacot, as well as a few ideas for what to engrave on your wedding bands.

Hand Engraving: There was a time when all engraving was done by hand, but today the art is known only by a select few. A hand-engraved ring preserves the hand of the artisan, so no matter the message or sentiment, it truly remains one-of-a-kind.

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Laser Script or Block Engraving: A laser burns your personal message into the surface of the ring in script or block lettering. This cutting-edge technology provides unsurpassed detail and depth.

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A Message in Your Own Handwriting: Take your ring’s customization a step further by engraving your personal message inside your spouse’s wedding band in your own handwriting. The moment they see their wedding band with your handwriting on it, they will know that ring was made just for them.

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A Poem: A poem or any other short writing piece that is special to the two of you can also be engraved inside your wedding bands.

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Laser Fingerprint Engraving: Engraving your fingerprints inside each other’s rings is a new way to show your love and make your rings entirely your own.

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To see our beautiful collection of customizable Furrer Jacot rings, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

alternative engagement rings

While many women dream of their perfect diamond engagement ring, others desire something more unconventionally eye-catching. Brides who wish to stand out from the crowd have a variety of options to consider when choosing an alternative engagement ring. Here are three of our favorite options for couples who choose to forgo the traditional diamond ring.

Vintage Rings

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Technically speaking, any diamond ring over 50 years old is considered vintage. This means that the vintage engagement ring category encompasses a wide range of styles to fit any bride’s personality. Not only do vintage pieces offer unique designs and inherent charm, but they are often made with exceptional craftsmanship and tend to be more affordable than their modern counterparts.

Furthermore, vintage engagement rings make instant heirlooms that can be passed down to future generations. They often appeal to couples who don’t have an heirloom ring in their families, but who wish to start their own family tradition.

Stackable Rings

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Stackable rings allow for a new level of personalization in bridal jewelry, as well as more options for wear. Stackables are completely customizable — perfect for women who like to regularly change up their look. These styles allow the wearer to mix and match different stackable ring styles depending on her mood or outfit. They’re supremely stylish and fashion-forward — take it from designer Diane von Furstenberg, who wears 26 diamond bands that her finacé surprised her with to represent the 26 years he knew her before they were married.

One thing that sets stackable rings apart from other styles is that you can continue to add rings to mark important milestones in your life. While this stacked wedding ring look is fairly new to the U.S., it has been popular in other parts of the world for a while. In Scandinavia, for instance, it’s common for women to wear three rings: one for engagement, one for marriage and one for motherhood.

Gemstone Rings

The words “diamond” and “engagement ring” have been nearly synonymous for almost a century. These days, however, many brides-to-be wish to stand out with an alternative stone in their engagement ring. But some gemstones are better suited than others for the task.

While diamonds are the hardest and most durable gemstones, sapphires and rubies are a close second, making them a logical choice for the daily wear of an engagement ring. They are the most resistant to scratches and chips and, with proper care, will retain their luster the longest.

Sapphires

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At 9 on the Mohs Scale, sapphires are the second-hardest mineral and about a third of the price of diamonds. Sapphire engagement rings have recently skyrocketed in popularity, perhaps due to Kate Middleton‘s stunning blue sapphire engagement ring, which was previously worn by Prince William’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

While sapphires are typically blue precious stones, they also come in other colors, such as peach, pink, yellow, green and white. In fact, Princess Eugenie of York (daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York) recently became engaged to longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank with a gold ring featuring a halo of diamonds surrounding a coral pink padparadscha sapphire from Sri Lanka.

Rubies

alternative engagement rings

Rubies are also an extremely popular choice for engagement rings due to their rich, romantic red hue. Like sapphires, they rank 9 on the Mohs Scale, but unlike sapphires, rubies often cost more than their diamond counterparts. Sarah Ferguson, mother of Princess Eugenie, once sported her own pink ruby engagement ring from Prince Andrew, who chose the stone to match his bride’s red hair.

To view an exquisite selection of vintage, stackable and gemstone engagement rings, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

crown jewels

The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom — a singular, world-famous collection of sacred and ceremonial objects, including crowns, robes and other items — have been stored at the Tower of London for over 600 years. With the world abuzz about Prince Harry’s impending nuptials to the American former actress Meghan Markle, speculation regarding the crown jewels she will wear during the May 19 ceremony is rampant.

Since the 1930s, almost every royal bride who has married in Britain has worn a tiara on her wedding day, so the odds are that Meghan will, too. Here are a few of the possibilities for Meghan’s wedding day jewels.

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The Strathmore Rose Tiara

While there aren’t official rules governing which types of tiaras can be worn to a wedding, they historically tend to feature a floral motif. The Strathmore Rose Tiara, which is fashioned of pavé-set diamonds set in silver and gold in the shape of a wild rose garland, was originally purchased as a gift for Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (who would later go on to become the Queen Mother) from her father for her wedding to the Duke of York, the future King George IV.

The Queen Mother’s Cartier Bandeau

Sleek, modern and packed with diamonds, this Art Deco-era royal heirloom consists of three of a set of five gem-set bracelets, which can be worn on their own on the wrist or on a bandeau frame as a tiara. If Meghan — who tends to favor simple, elegant jewelry — chooses to wear this piece on her wedding day, the connection to the Queen Mother (who first owned it) and Queen Elizabeth II (who owns it now) would make a lovely touch.

The Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot

crown jewelsWith its romantic name, storied past, and jaw-dropping beauty, this quintessentially British tiara is a little more than a century old. It is one of the best-known tiaras in the British royal family’s collection, mostly thanks to it being a favorite of the late Princess Diana, who wore it often. Unlike some other famous royal pieces, the stunning diamond-and-pearl creation is part of the family’s private collection and currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Spencer Tiara

Although it’s not in the royal collection, the Spencer Tiara, which was worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles, is another wedding-day option for Meghan. However, many consider it a long shot. Not only is it a Spencer family heirloom, not a royal one, but it will also only invite more comparisons to Diana — something Meghan and her future sister-in-law Kate get enough of already.

Something New

crown jewelsMarkle may also have something new commissioned for the occasion — either a refashioning of other jewelry in the royal collection or an entirely custom piece. She might also opt to skip the tiara altogether and wear another kind of jeweled ornament in her hair.

Other Famous Crown Jewels

The most famous royal sapphire is the engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles in 1981 — later slipped on Kate Middleton’s finger by Prince William on their engagement day in 2010. It features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan Diamond, named after mine chairman Thomas Cullinan, weighed in at 3,106.75 carats when it was discovered in South Africa on January 26, 1905.

After being presented to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday, it was cut into several polished gems, the largest of which is known as the Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa. At 530.4 carats, it is the largest clear-cut diamond in the world. Cullinan I is mounted in the head of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. The second-largest, at 317.4 carats, is Cullinan II or the Second Star of Africa; it is mounted in the Imperial State Crown. Both diamonds are part of the Crown Jewels.

Although you’ll have to travel to England to view some of these and other royal jewels, you can browse our stunning collection of new and vintage jewelry at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

diamond cuts

When a diamond comes out of the earth, it is rough and unrefined. It takes hours of cutting and polishing to turn a rough diamond into the beautiful stone we know and love.

Not to be confused with diamond shape (such as round, pear or oval), a diamond’s cut refers to its symmetry, proportioning and polish. A diamond’s cut has an enormous impact on everything from its beauty and sparkle to its value and appearance. Here’s a guide to the various cuts you may encounter when shopping for a diamond.

Old Mine (Cushion)

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With its rounded corners and curved sides, the old mine cut (also known as the cushion cut) is simply breathtaking. It has 58 facets — the same number as the modern round brilliant diamonds produced today. The cut’s name comes from the fact that hundreds of years ago, most diamonds came from India or Brazil. After Africa became the diamond capital of the world, diamonds that preceded this new era were said to be from the “old mines.”

Popular throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, old mine cuts are essentially the great-grandfathers of modern brilliant cuts. There are few good examples of old mine cuts around today, so demand is high for these vintage beauties.

Old European

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Old European cut diamonds were handcrafted from 1890 to the 1930s, and were very popular during the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras. This cut’s 58 facets take the shape of thick triangular blocks, as opposed to the thinner facets found in modern round brilliant cuts. Old European cuts also appear round from the top view as opposed to old mine cuts, which have a more squared-off top view. The 58 facets make the old European another predecessor of today’s modern round brilliant cut.

Rose

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A rose cut diamond echoes the petals of a rose by imitating the narrowing spiral of the flower’s petals. Rose cut gems have anywhere from three to 24 triangular facets that come to a point at the top and a flat bottom that creates a larger surface area to enhance the stone’s brilliance. The rose cut was popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Asscher

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Invented by the Royal Asscher Diamond Company in 1902, the Asscher cut is one of the very first patented diamond cuts in the world. However, it didn’t gain widespread popularity until the Art Deco era of the 1920s. Distinctive and understated, its vintage-inspired style is a favorite among brides who envision their rings becoming future family heirlooms. The Asscher cut is typically more brilliant than its cousin, the emerald cut.

Emerald

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Stonecutters initially created the emerald cut for emerald stones — hence the name. It became popular partly because of the fact that its shape helped prevent chips from occurring in the emeralds during the cutting process. Diamond cutters took notice of this new shape and began to use it on diamonds as well.

The emerald cut boasts a stunning “hall of mirrors” effect, and while it’s understated, it’s also very glamorous. Its subtle elegance is associated with royalty, which may be why emerald cuts have remained one of the most popular choices for engagement rings and other jewelry pieces since the Art Deco era.

Marquise

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The marquise has one of the most interesting histories of all the modern diamond cuts. Named for the Marquise De Pompadour, the mistress of French king Louis XV, the marquise cut was created to resemble the shape of Madame de Pompadour’s mouth, which Louis believed to be perfect. The marquise cut is made to maximize carat weight and features 58 facets and an elliptical shape with pointed ends.

Round Brilliant

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Invented early in the twentieth century, this versatile and sophisticated cut has become incredibly popular in recent years thanks to its sparkling brilliance and elegant symmetry. The round brilliant’s 58 facets are cut in such a way to increase the light bouncing off it, giving it unparalleled fire and radiance. It’s the cut of choice for brides seeking a thoroughly stylish, up-to-date and eye-catching look.

Learn more about the various diamond cuts available by visiting the experts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

setting styles

When it comes to designing jewelry, choosing the right setting is just as important as choosing the perfect metal or gemstone. In jewelry making, a “setting” refers to the metal base that holds a stone in place. Each type of setting is designed to enhance a particular stone’s beauty and appearance.

With what seems like an infinite amount of choices when it comes to stone and setting combinations, the setting you choose says a lot about your taste and personality. The descriptions below will help you select the perfect setting type that speaks to you.

Pavé

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In this elegant setting type, diamonds or gemstones are set low and very close together, and are fixed with small prongs that look like beads. This setting allows light to reflect off the diamond’s many facets, making the surface of the ring appear to be encrusted with brilliant stones.

Channel

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In channel settings, diamonds are suspended between two rails of metal called channels. The stones are nestled side-by-side with no metal in between, creating a sleek, contemporary look. Channel settings work best with princess cut diamonds (or other straight-edged cuts) that create a continuous line of stones across the band without any space in between.

Prong

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In this classic setting, two or more prongs wrap around the crown of a stone to secure it in place. This mounting style highlights a stone by minimizing the amount of metal used and allowing more light to pass through, which amplifies the brilliance of the jewelry. This prong setting is suitable for almost all diamond shapes, making it one of the most popular setting types.

 

Bezel

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With a bezel setting, a metal rim surrounds a diamond by the girdle to secure it in place. Bezels can have straight edges, scalloped edges, or can be molded into any shape to accommodate the stone. The main practical advantage of this type of setting is security. A bezel setting is custom-made for the stone that it will hold, so it is always exactly the right size. This dramatic setting style can also create the illusion of a larger stone.

 

Bead and Bright Cut

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A bead and bright cut setting is a very popular and versatile setting style that uses a metal engraving technique involving chiseling the metal with a polished tool. The result is a highly reflective surface that makes the stone appear larger.

For more information on different setting types and how you can design your perfect piece of jewelry, visit the experts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center.

 

fancy color diamonds

Natural fancy color diamonds are rare, beautiful and extremely valuable. In fact, they are some of the rarest and most highly valued diamonds in the world, since they fall outside the usual color range for diamonds.

Only about 1 out of every 10,000 diamonds is considered a fancy color diamond, according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and only a handful of those receive the top grades of Intense and Vivid. The strength of a fancy diamond’s color is one of the most important factors in determining its value — the more vivid the color, the more valuable the stone.

Colored diamonds have always intrigued our in-house diamond cutter and expert, Andre Vorster. “One thing that fascinates me is that nitrogen, the same element that makes a diamond yellow, can also make it pink,” he says. “Very mystifying.”

Let’s take a look at a few of the different kinds of stunning natural fancy colored diamonds and learn how they’re made.

Pink Diamonds

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Pink diamonds range in color from delicate pastel pink to deep raspberry and evoke a sense of romance and luxury. These extremely rare diamonds have long been beloved by celebrities and are revered by collectors and connoisseurs.

Pink diamonds have only been found in a few mines across the world. According to the Argyle Diamond Mine, a pink diamond can cost 20 times the price of its white equivalent. Adding to the intrigue and desirability of pink diamonds is the fact that there is limited gemological information about them.

Blue Diamonds

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Distinctive blue diamonds are considered extremely rare. The most famous blue diamond in history is the Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat, cushion-cut diamond which hangs on a pendant surrounded by 16 white pear and cushion cut diamonds. The necklace chain contains 45 white diamonds. It is estimated to be worth anywhere from $200-250 million.

Blue diamonds typically get their color from the presence of boron in the earth. The bonding of boron to carbon causes the diamond to absorb red, yellow and green light, which produces a blue color.

Yellow Diamonds

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Yellow diamonds make up about 70 percent of all natural color diamonds graded by GIA each year. Their brilliant, dramatic glow makes them a red carpet favorite among celebrities. The Allnatt, a 101-carat cushion cut fancy vivid yellow diamond, is perhaps the most significant yellow diamond in history.

Yellow diamonds get their color due to the presence of nitrogen atoms, which absorb blue light and produce a yellow color.

Green Diamonds

Green diamonds are extremely rare — only a handful of natural green diamonds are put on the market each year, making them some of the most sought-after of all natural color diamonds.

Unique among natural color diamonds, green diamonds get their color from naturally occurring radiation in the ground. This radiation pushes into the diamond, causing them to absorb red and yellow light and produce a green color.

Brown Diamonds

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Known for their endless range of shades, brown diamonds are the most common colored diamonds and therefore the most affordable.

Brown diamonds are produced when heat and pressure deep within the earth cause the diamond’s crystal lattice to distort. These distortions cause brown diamonds to absorb blue light and impart a brown color.

To view a stunning selection of natural fancy color diamond jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

custom design

If you’re looking for a piece of jewelry that no one else in the world has, consider a custom-designed piece. As an industry leader with more than 50 years of experience, Eiseman Jewels offers expert advice and the most qualified jewelry designers.

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If you can’t find just the right piece you’re looking for, consider working with our designers to create something truly original that reflects your personal style. You can bring in existing jewelry, diamonds or gems to use in the design, or we’ll help you create something completely new from scratch.

The result is a piece that’s imbued with personal significance and truly one-of-a-kind. The possibilities are endless, and you can be sure that personalization is one trend that will never go out of style.

custom design

Our design experts will work with you to ensure that your one-of-a-kind piece is created to your satisfaction. While the timeline will depend on the intricacies of the piece, we will provide artwork of your design for you to review as the process advances. Once the piece has been completed and purchased, Eiseman Jewels will provide an evaluation for insurance purposes. 

Let us guide you through the process of creating custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

pink diamond blog

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

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

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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

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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.