How about a Red Diamond For Your Valentine?

As Valentine’s day approaches, we automatically think of the color of “Love” … red.

Red roses, red candy hearts, red wine, chocolate covered strawberries…the color associated with “Love” comes in many different shapes and sizes, but the gemstones that are rich in this sensual and deep color are truly something to talk about:

More traditionally, Rubies, Garnets & Pink tourmalines. All of which – are exquisite Gemstones representing remote regions and astrological phenomenon.

But did you know there is actually a Red Diamond? And this is truly The Rarest of them all!

The Rarest of all Diamonds: Red Diamonds

Compared to colorless diamonds, all colored diamonds referred to as ‘fancy diamonds’ are relatively rare. Amongst the fancy diamonds, however, none is as rare as the ‘red diamond’.

Where are red diamonds found?

Found only in Africa, Australia and Brazil, this category of diamonds is so scarce that only around twenty to thirty true red diamonds are in existence, most of which are less than half a carat in size!

Factors Contributing to Red Diamonds’ Color

It is interesting to note that while all other fancy diamonds derive their color from impurities such as nitrogen and boron, red diamonds are made purely from carbon, as are all colorless diamonds. The red color of the diamond is created by a rare deformation in its atomic structure, known as ‘plastic deformation’.
When a red diamond is retrieved from underground and light is allowed to pass through the irregular lattice, the unusual bending of the light causes the diamonds to reflect a ruby-like color.

Red diamonds show different red hues when exposed to different lights, and show their best color in daylight and their most unappealing color appears under fluorescent light. Strangely enough, blue diamonds display the exact reverse reactions in these different lighting conditions.

Natural fancy red diamonds are graded by the intensity of their color and range from dark pink to purplish red. The stronger the hue, the greater the value of the diamond.

Exuberant Price of Red Diamonds

Diamond experts have predicted increasing scarcity of red diamonds, hence higher prices in the coming years. Today, the price for a natural fancy red diamond rarely starts under $100,000 for anything above 0.20ct.


Hancock-Red-from GIA
Hancock Red Diamond – Image from GIA