Pink Diamonds | Buying Guide | Prices, Color, Rarity

PINK DIAMONDS

High profile pink diamonds have led several auctions in recent years. The 24.78 carat “Graff Pink” diamond sold at Sotheby’s for $46 million on November 16, 2010. In May 2011 Sotheby’s sold another large pink diamond for $10.84 million, a 10.99 carat fancy intense pink. While natural pink diamonds are costly and rare, pink diamonds of varying carat weights, hues and saturations are available.

The Graff Pink Diamond
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The Graff Pink

A fancy intense pink, the 24.78 carat “Graff Pink” sold at Sotheby’s for $46 million on November 16, 2010.

What are Pink Diamonds?

There is still a little mystery surrounding the cause of color in pink diamonds. The color is generally thought to be caused by colored graining, which results from structural irregularities in combination with an impurity. Distortions in the crystal structure are thought to be the cause of color for 99.5% of pink diamonds. Australia’s Argyle Diamond Mine produces most of the world’s pink diamonds, which are sold at the annual Pink Tender.

 

Are Pink Diamonds Rare?

Pink diamonds come in a spectrum of shades. The GIA grades pink diamonds as follows:

  • Faint
  • Very Light
  • Light
  • Fancy Light
  • Fancy
  • Fancy Intense
  • Fancy Vivid, Fancy Deep, or Fancy Dark

 

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Common secondary colors in pink diamonds include brownish pink, orangish pink, and purplish pink. As is the case with all fancy color diamonds, pure pink colors are the most prized and thus the most expensive, particularly those which are heavily saturated with a rich color. Certain modifiers can create highly desirable diamonds and though more common, paler pinks are still rare and coveted in the diamond world. Natural fancy pinks are appreciably rare regardless of secondary colors and are priced accordingly.

 

Are Pink Diamonds Rare?

Natural, pink diamonds have been in high demand for the last two decades, and this rise in popularity has caused a rise in price. Aside from red diamonds (the rarest and most valuable fancy color), high-quality pink diamonds command the highest prices. Over 90% of the world’s pink diamonds are found in the Argyle mine, but less than 1% of the mine’s output is comprised of pink diamonds.

 

Pink Diamond Gallery

10.99 carat pink diamond ring sold at Sotheby's in May 2011
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10.09 carat fancy vivid purple-pink diamond ring

 

Fancy Purplish Pink Diamond
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.27ct fancy deep purplish pink diamond

 

Pink diamond halo ring
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pink diamond halo ring

 

Pink diamond earrings sold at Christie's for $2 million in November 2011
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4.03ct and 4.01ct fancy pink diamond earrings

5 carat heart-shaped pink diamond sold at Sotheby's February 9, 2012
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5 carat orangy-pink diamond

 

10.99 carat pink diamond ring sold at Sotheby's in May 2011
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10.99 carat fancy intense pink diamond

 

Largest pink diamond ever mined in Canada, a 2.75ct fancy light pink
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Largest pink diamond mined in Canada, a 2.75 carat light pink.

Learn more about Fancy Color Diamonds

Have more questions about fancy color diamonds? Click on the links below or visit our Fancy Color Diamond Guide.

Fancy Colored Diamond Guide Topics:

Fancy Colored Diamond Introduction, Yellow Diamonds, Brown Diamonds, Pink Diamonds, Blue Diamonds, Green Diamonds, Black Diamonds, Red Diamonds, Orange Diamonds

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