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What Are Pink Diamonds?

Pink Diamonds are a Miracle of Nature...

Trends come and go, but nothing has the staying power of Art Deco design in jewelry. Modern, refined and timeless, it encapsulates everything most brides want in a ring today. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more contemporary designers are turning to the glamorous Art Deco period for inspiration for their newest diamond ring styles.

The Art Deco movement emerged in post-war Paris and exploded in the Roaring Twenties when people were feeling optimistic, liberated and embracing change. That enthusiastic spirit, combined with the evolution of modern machinery and easier travel to faraway destinations, fueled an unprecedented creative transformation that influenced everything from architecture and art to style and jewelry.

Nothing compares to natural pink diamonds.


Though pink diamonds may be smaller than the rocks they usually would afford, they are still in high demand among celebrities. Jennifer Lopez famously started a craze back in 2002 with her first “Bennifer” engagement ring from Ben Affleck, although, after a 20-year split, the pair were engaged again and finally married, this time with a green diamond.

Among the fortunate ones with pink diamond rings are tennis champion Anna Kournikova, actresses Margot Robbie and Blake Lively, and fashion designer Victoria Beckham. Pink is synonymous with being sweet and girly, but none of these icons are so easy to stereotype. These women are strong, and powerful, and always shine bright like the rare gems on their fingers.

Graff Pink © Graff Diamonds Limited
Imagine holding the value of an entire real estate portfolio in the palm of your hand…this is how it may feel to own a pink diamond. What else weighs just over 4 grams (23.88 carats) and sells for $46 million but the Graff Pink? This record price, in 2010, was a wise and beautiful investment. To put their value into perspective, a more comparable 1-carat diamond graded as “fancy pink” with a modest clarity grade of SI would sell today for at least $100,000.

Did You Say, Fancy?

Like other gifts of nature, these gemstones come in many color combinations, from Very Light Pink to Fancy Deep Pink. It is also possible for them to have secondary hues like orange, purple, brown, or gray. Those would be graded as “fancy orangy pink” or “fancy brownish pink,” for instance. Only a gemologist or a painter would find its way through nature’s unique palette. Among the well-known 4Cs of diamonds—clarity, cut, color, and carat—when it comes to fancy color diamonds, the color is the most important criterion to assess. It takes a team of gemologists to assess and grade the color of a fancy pink diamond to determine its specific color grade. Those deemed “fancy pink” with no secondary hues are the rarest and most valuable and, more specifically, “fancy intense pink” and “fancy vivid pink” are the rarest of the rare.

The Finest Examples of Pink Diamond Rings

Legendary British Jeweler Graff is known for their designs featuring pink diamonds. According to the luxury brand, some of these stones are once-in-a-lifetime discoveries. The phenomenal 16.88-carat Internally Flawless Fancy Intense Pink emerald-cut diamond ring is one of them, complemented by heart-shaped white diamond side stones. The same applies to the extraordinary 12.02-carat Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless pear-shaped diamond ring. From a design standpoint, pink diamonds are center stage.

Left: 16.88-Carat Internally Flawless Fancy Intense Pink Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring © Graff Diamonds Limited. Right: 12.02-Carat Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless Pear-Shape Diamond Ring © Graff Diamonds Limited

The ultimate flex is when pink completes pink. In another ring, Graff flanks a central 5.63-carat Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink pear-shaped diamond with two Fancy Intense Pink pear-shaped diamond side stones. The design aims to highlight the vibrant hue of the purple-pink center stone, cut from the famous Lesotho Pink, and contrast with the more traditional pink shade of the side stones.

5.63-Carat Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Pear-Shape Diamond Ring © Graff Diamonds
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