Everything You Need to Know About Red Diamonds

Everything You Need to Know About Red Diamonds

Real, high-quality diamonds are some of the rarest gemstones on the market today. With the demand for clear, pure diamonds so high, jewelry professionals have to examine and label diamonds with great care. Within the stone’s class, there are some that are less common than others. Diamonds, like the rest of the world, are changing rapidly, including their colors. Now, rare diamonds include those that are other color varieties besides simple white and clear. The rarest of all to date is the red diamond.

What is a red diamond?

A red diamond is, simply put, a diamond which has a hue that is, well, red. Sounds self-explanatory, we know, but we’re not referring to the stones that jewelers have artificially colored different hues. There are also some naturally “red” diamonds that are not purely red in color. Shades of pink, purple, and orange often shine within the red tint which, while still rendering the stone quite valuable, diminishes its status as a pure, red diamond. Sometimes, people will mistake a diamond with a purplish or pinkish tone for a pure red diamond, which is inaccurate. A true red diamond is a stone that lacks all other color tones or specks.

What causes the r coloration in red diamonds?

No single cause of the red coloration in red diamonds has been determined, although gemstone professionals have spent years testing and investigating. However, the theory is that, like diamonds of any other color, instability and alternating variables during the diamond’s development contribute to the variety of colors diamonds inherit. Gasses beneath the earth affect everything that grows or develops beneath it. Pressure applied to the raw diamond ore as it grows beneath the earth’s surface, as well as what it is that’s applying the pressure to the diamonds, may also affect the diamond’s hue. While no one can pinpoint one exact gas or factor, especially since no two variously colored diamonds look exactly alike, professionals believe that each one plays a role in the development of what we call “red” diamonds.

gemologist inspecting red diamond

How valuable are red diamonds and why?

The biggest contributing factor to the value of a red diamond is the purity of its red hue. While red diamonds are rare by themselves, finding red diamonds that only have “red” in their final, sales floor descriptions, are rarer still. Most have other colors included in the descriptions, and others still have such a “watered down” reddish tint that they don’t qualify as true red diamonds.

Size and blemish-free appearance also play a part in how expensive the price tag that a red diamond wears, when coupled with purity of the red color. The larger a pure, 100% red diamond is, and the fewer inclusions it has, the more valuable it will be on the market. However, a small red diamond that is considered flawless (completely blemish-free) will be worth more than a larger red diamond with imperfections and broken facets.

Popular jewelry pieces made from red diamonds

Red diamonds make great anniversary and Valentine’s Day jewelry. Milestone wedding anniversary rings are becoming increasingly popular on the market. Red diamond tennis bracelets and necklaces are in high demand, as well. Earrings made from red diamonds are quite beautiful, too. Dangly teardrop shaped earrings and red diamond studs are among the most sought-after accessories and additions to red diamond jewelry sets available for purchase today.

Red diamonds have also become popular in black-and-red jewelry. Strictly red-and-black bracelets and necklaces, as well as red and black stones alternated with clear and white diamonds are growing rapidly in popularity. Originally thought to be a fashion statement created by the Goth culture, red-and-black diamond jewelry can be found in almost any jewelry store and online on many jewelry sites and stores.

Much of the royal jewelry is made from red diamonds. Although purple is historically considered to be the color of royalty, the rarity and value of pure red diamonds makes them irresistible treasures for royalty around the world.

Can red diamonds be used for engagement rings?

Red diamonds can absolutely be used in engagement rings. In fact, engagement rings with red diamonds are quickly becoming a hot trend. Tri-stone princess cut and solitaire round and square cut red diamond engagement rings are becoming more prevalent in jewelry stores across the nation each year. Celebrities have always had a knack for buying and sporting unique and unusual jewelry, and the red carpet has seen its share of red diamond engagement rings in recent years.