What is Purple Diamond?


One of the rarest fancy colored diamonds, experts still aren’t fully sure what causes the stone’s pleasant tones in nature. As a fancy diamond, these gems don’t adhere to the Four C’s in the same way traditional white diamonds do. Instead, we consider purple diamonds in terms closer to other colored gemstones, like amethyst or purple sapphire, by focusing on the color.

 
 
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Determining Purple Diamond Value

Is purple diamond valuable? The value of colored stones is typically determined by a combination of its color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. This is no different when determining what purple diamond is worth. These guidelines will help you choose a purple diamond for your collection.

 
  • Purple Diamond Color

In traditional white diamonds, the preference is for lack of color. In fact, the value of a stone lowers as the color deepens. With fancy colored diamonds, the opposite is true! Generally speaking, the deeper the color, the more desirable the gemstone.

Purple diamond exhibits a soft, medium imperial purple hue. A color linked by history and tradition to kings and queens, these royal jewels are rare even as treated gemstones. Purple diamond should display an intense purple color when viewing face-up, such as seen when placed in jewelry.

  • Purple Diamond Clarity

Due to the nature of purple diamond, expect to find the occasionally visible inclusion. Most purple diamonds are smaller stones, used as accent diamonds or as melee in jewelry. For this reason, there is a stronger emphasis on color over clarity. Due to the nature of the deeply saturated color, the visibility of inclusions is reduced.

  • Purple Diamond Cut

You’ll find Purple Diamond in a variety of shapes that runs the gamut of popular styles. Traditional stone cuts only produce an eight-percent yield, further reducing the availability of this special stone.

  • Purple Diamond Carat

Though cutting Purple Diamond is complicated by its unique color-zoning properties, the stone is available in a pleasing variety of sizes. Shop LC offers Purple Diamond jewelry in sizes ranging from three-quarter carats to just over 15-carats. Most faceting material is between five to ten carats in size.

Purple Diamond Treatment

These gems start off as either light yellow or light brown rough. Acquiring the rough is easy. Despite this, only about a quarter of diamond rough will be good enough to become finished jewels. Much more difficult is treating diamonds to create the desired purple color. It’s uncommonly seen, and there aren’t any vendors available with this hue in their inventories.

Just as purple diamonds are rarely found in nature, finding a vendor partner who could adequately enhance these stones to our quality standards is a challenge in itself. Several months of on-site visits to different diamond vendors produced no results. However, a long-time and trusted dealer of colored diamonds put Shop LC in touch with a Mumbai-based vendor who specializes in the color treatment of diamond.

Using imported American-technology, our vendor specially treated this particular batch of Russian diamonds. A specific irradiation process is used to treat these stones. Irradiation does not damage stones, and these enhanced stones can be further cut or polished if desired. It’s a stable treatment that will last for the life of the gem.

Three months were required to acquire this supply, as it had to be specially made for Shop LC. On top of this, our stringent quality standards mean that about 30-percent of purple diamonds will be rejected after treatment.

Our vendor and buying team estimate that another supply would take at least six months to create, making supplies extremely limited.

Caring for Purple Diamond

Like other diamond gemstones, these gems rank ten on the Mohs scale of hardness. Diamonds are considered the hardest material on the planet, and purple diamond is no exception. Diamonds are an excellent choice for daily wear for this reason. They’re not likely to scratch or suffer abrasions.

You only need to use standard jewelry care when caring for purple diamonds. It’s recommended to avoid ultrasonic and steam cleaners, as they can damage the structure of the stone.

Who Can Wear Purple Diamond?

These stones conjure thoughts of aristocracy and regal settings, but who can wear purple diamonds? What’s great about stones like these is their utility. While smaller stones are always a great option for accenting larger gemstones, we still consider diamonds to be in a class all their own. So, what’s the best way to use them?

In contemporary jewelry design, diamond melee is a rising trend that’s here to stay alongside similar setting techniques such as pave or channel setting. Melee are considered to be small diamonds or other stones. Typically, they’re cut into rounds, but you’ll also find many other shapes at Shop LC, like baguettes.

They’re great for bunching together in clusters, to create impressive designs like halos. Hundreds of small stones can be used in creating impressive and sparkling purple diamond jewelry. These can range from minimal pieces only utilizing a handful of stones, to jewelry heavily encrusted with diamond.

How Does Purple Diamond Compare to Other Purple Stones?

Without a doubt, the premier purple gemstone is amethyst. But, how does amethyst compare to purple diamond?

The treatment process of purple diamond allows the creation of stones with an even purple hue throughout the stone, giving it a mysterious presentation. Most amethyst, on the other hand, is known to typically possess a secondary red tone that provides the jewel with a sense of romance. Many choose purple diamonds for themselves as a way to cultivate a sense of mystique in their appearance, while amethyst remains a popular choice for gifts.

Where Does Purple Diamond Come From?

Diamond deposits occur globally. Not as widely known as African diamond producers, Russia produces many quality diamond stones. Shop LC purple diamonds are sourced from Russia. However, they don’t start their journey as purple gemstones.

Purple Diamond Properties

What Does Purple Diamond Mean?

Diamonds are considered to be a stone that’s good for combating stress and relieving exhaustion. Some therapists say that wearing diamonds reduces feelings of jealousy.

Is Purple Diamond a Birthstone?

Diamond is the modern April birthstone, tracing its use as far back as the 1400s in Medieval Europe. While white diamonds remain the classic choice, purple diamonds are an excellent alternative for thinkers, dreamers, and creators.

Purple Diamond Facts

  • Purple diamond ranks ten on the Mohs scale of hardness.
  • Purple diamond presents a medium royal purple hue.
  • Shop LC sources diamond rough from Russia.
  • Rough stones are irradiated to create a rich purple color.