Fancy Colored Diamonds: When a copy of The Fancy Color Diamond Book arrived at the JustLuxe offices, we were excited. Who doesn’t love a great coffee table book that will evoke a good conversation and teach you something interesting? Most often, when you hear the word “diamonds” you think of the clear kind. Of course colored diamonds have always been around, but lately we have been seeing them pop up on celebrities everywhere, as they are gaining more and more popularity; Mariah Carey sports a pink diamond, while Heidi Klum wears a beautiful yellow shade.
I am by no means a gem expert, but thanks to the Fancy Color Diamond book, I have quickly acquired many fascinating facts to share. You might be surprised to find out that there is a vast array of colored diamonds: blues (I am sure you recall the Hope Diamond or even the necklace from Titanic), greens, reds, grey, even black. One of the most interesting variations of the gem is the Chameleon. Chameleon diamonds will quite literally change color depending on how they are treated. According to the book, these diamonds are typically a greenish hue, however when heated to more than 200 degrees Celsius or simply left in the dark for about 24 hours they will change to a more yellow or orange shade. The book also goes into detail regarding cuts, value, how to understand a Diamond Grading Chart and much more. If you are a fan of diamonds, are in the market to buy jewelry featuring the gem or are simply in need of a great new coffee table book, this is a great purchase.
Here are a few more interesting tidbits:
Bill Boyajian, former President of the Gemological Institute of America said, “In my 31 years with the Gemological Institute of America, the last 20 as president, I recognize the tremendous value of this book. I therefore encourage anyone interested in obtaining knowledge and an appreciation of fancy color diamonds to read it. Eden Rachminov has truly done a masterful job in this very important contribution to the literature on these glorious gems.” Well, I suppose that says it all.