Pink Diamond Gemstone
Without a doubt, diamonds are the most coveted and valued gemstone in the entire world. But, while almost everyone is familiar with the classic white diamond, fewer know about the world of enchanting fancy diamonds – the industry term for intensely colored diamonds. Much rarer than their white cousins, pink diamonds are among the hardest to find of fancy colored diamonds.
What Color are Pink Diamonds?
Just like better-known white diamonds, pink diamonds and other fancy diamonds undergo grading based on their color. It’s one of the four factors that determine the stone’s overall value. Already a rare gemstone, intensely colored pink diamonds are extremely rare, with a tiny and precious amount produced each year. Shop LC provides light pink to fancy light pink diamonds.
Experts are still stumped to explain what creates the unique pink hues of these gems. Trace elements, which account for the color in most gemstones, are not present in amounts that are needed to create color in pink diamonds. The best theory suggests that seismic activity creates shifts in the crystal structure of the diamonds, resulting in the pleasing hue we see in the stone.
Other Pink Diamond Quality Factors
Large pink diamonds are unusual to find at the Argyle mine in Western Australia. The largest diamonds found there are under fifteen millimeters across. Most are much smaller. Many of the stones find use as accents to highlight the exquisite craftsmanship of jewelry. Frequently, clusters of pink diamonds are used in producing rings and other jewelry pieces to create fascinating wearable art. The average size of Argyle diamonds is less than 0.10 carats.
Due to the rarity of pink diamonds, flawless stones are nearly impossible to find. Most stones will bear some inclusion, a geological fingerprint that helps tell the stone’s story, starting from deep within the earth before coming to the surface in a stunning jewelry item. Inclusions are characteristics that determine a diamond’s clarity, but also its provenance as a natural gemstone coming from the Earth. Internal etching is one of the most common characteristics, as seismic activity is typically thought responsible for creating the unique pink color of these gemstones. Graphite and other mineral inclusions are also standard, showing as black spots when viewed closely.
Since Argyle pink diamonds are smaller than many other diamonds, there are fewer options for finished stones. Round shaped stones are by far the most common in pink diamond jewelry, though baguettes are also a popular shape. Both are featured in Shop LC pink diamond jewelry
Who Should Wear Pink Diamonds?
Pink diamonds are perfect for anyone who wants a fun twist on classic luxury. With their soft pastel hues, pink diamonds offer a feminine touch in accent pieces or even steal the show when arranged in striking clusters.
Fans of pink gems such as morganite, pink sapphire, and even kunzite will appreciate this delicately colored gemstone. It’s a rare gemstone gift for the precious jewel in your life.
Is Pink Diamond a Birthstone?
• Diamonds are the modern April Birthstone. Traditionally, white diamonds are the best-known example of this gem, but any fancy colored diamond are also April birthstones. Pink diamonds are a great way to celebrate April birthdays with a soft and feminine touch.
What is the Barramundi Gap?
• The Argyle diamond mine is located at the Barramundi Gap, a location held sacred by several of the indigenous Aboriginal groups. It’s a sacred woman’s site and holds special significance in their culture.
• One of the Aboriginal groups, the Gija, have an oral tradition that explains how the Barramundi Gap received its name and how the deposits of precious diamonds that exist here. One day, a group of Gija women was stalking a barramundi, a type of fish. Their dogged pursuit of the animal forced it into a cave.
• At first, the barramundi thought they had escaped. However, with horror, the barramundi realized they had become trapped in the shallow and muddy waters of the cave entrance – easy pickings for the Gija women and their nets.
• Unable to find an escape route, the barramundi swims back to the women at full force, leaping high into the air and over their nets! As the barramundi does so, several of its scales are shed, falling into the water and the ground. The shimmering scales become the diamonds of the Argyle mine.
• The barramundi later escapes into the clear waters of nearby Cattle Creek. Here it is transformed into a great white rock. Several of the women who were pursuing this fish were also transformed into white rock, resulting in an unusual rock formation in the area today.
Pink diamonds are one of the rarest fancy colored diamonds in the world. Only a handful of locations across the globe have ever been successful in producing natural pink diamonds. The Argyle mine in Western Australia is the source for pink diamonds at Shop LC. The Argyle mine produces over ninety-percent of the world’s supply of pink diamonds! However, the stone is so rare that only one-percent of the mine’s total diamond yield is of sufficient quality to be a gem-grade pink diamond.
How is Pink Diamond Mined?
New miners to the Argyle mine must first undergo special rituals conducted by Aboriginal elders. These blessings serve to protect the miners spiritually, symbolizing the bond between Aboriginals, Australians, and the land they share as partners.
For the majority of the Argyle mine’s life, digging was conducted in open pits across the surface of the landscape. Mined rock would be transported by truck to large conveyors for sorting. However, recent developments at the mine have completely transformed how the stone is now extracted from the ground. Pit mining operations ceased in 2013.
By working the Aboriginal peoples who hold the area sacred, these Traditional Owners partnered with mine management to develop processes that would allow mining to be conducted underground. Underground operations began in 2013. Mine operations are now projected to last until at least 2020. If underground techniques weren’t used, mine operations would have already ceased long ago.
Four tunnels are utilized in mining. Two of these tunnels are used by trucks for transpiration. A third tunnel is for ventilation, and the final tunnel is used for moving ore along a mechanized conveyor belt where it is crushed.
Using automated mining practices, rock undergoes a crushing process that creates nuggets of stone at least 15 millimeters across. The nuggets are washed with water to remove dust and then are sorted by size. Nuggets are next placed in a suspension that filters out diamond nuggets from other heavy minerals.
Finally, by utilizing a proprietary x-ray process, the mine scans the remaining rock for precious diamonds. This economic decision lets the mine produce the best yield of pink diamonds. For every 30,000 crushed rocks processed, one precious diamond will be found!
Just like Shop LC, the Argyle mine is a 365 day 24/7 operation.
Partnership with the Aboriginal People
In 2005 new mine leadership took steps the strengthen the bond with the Traditional Owners of the land the mine rests on. These are the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Much like the Native Americans of the Americas, the Aboriginals are loosely affiliated groups of people that existed in Australia before European settlement of the island continent.
When the mine first opened in the mid-1980’s, a flimsy agreement existed between mine management and Aboriginal groups. For many years, this arrangement underwent a great deal of criticism for many reasons. Opponents weren’t happy with how the mine compensated the Aboriginal people, nor were all the groups with traditional claims to the land represented.
The new agreement proves beneficial to both the indigenous people and the mine operators. The mine has significantly increased employment of Aboriginals, training them for positions that let them advance internally or pursue careers within the mining industry. Also, a percentage of mine proceeds are returned to the native groups through specially created trusts. The trusts don’t benefit any single individual. They exist to put money back into the community by creating infrastructure, housing, and community property such as parks. The program has enjoyed success as it helps pull Aboriginals out of poverty and away from dependence on government programs. It has helped ensure a mutually successful future for all.
• Ranks ten on the Mohs hardness scale.
• Pink diamond is light pink to fancy light pink in color.
• Sourced from the Argyle Mine in Western Australia.
• Pink diamond undergoes no additional treatment.