When thinking about diamond jewellery a white or colourless  precious stone  naturally springs to mind.  Traditionally, these are the most popular choice of engagement ring or other jewellery. But many might perhaps not know that coloured diamonds sparkle beautifully too.  Indeed, the pink diamond is rapidly increasing in popularity.  Here we delve briefly into its appeal and how it differs from a white diamond. 

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What is a pink diamond?

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A natural pink diamond is a very rare colour variation of a diamond. Its colour is created by specific geological forces.

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How did pink diamonds come about?

Specific and extreme geological forces must come into play to create a pink diamond.  They give the stone its characteristic pink colour. This diamond's structure also differs from that of a white diamond.  The formation of a pink diamond isn't like that of blue oryellow diamonds, in that the presence of a chemical matter creates its colour.

Traditionally, the colour pink has been associated with innocence, sweetness and love. During Queen Elizabeth I's reign in England (1558-1603), pink was thought to bring luck and pleasure.

The value and advantages of a pink diamond

Pink coloured diamonds are exceedingly rare, and so very valuable. The highest yield can be found at the Australian Argyle mine. The mine's total raw diamond production is 800 million carats, yet the share of raw pink diamonds equates to less than 1%. This is why there are treated diamonds in that colour that are nigh on indistinguishable from their natural counterparts. This will be clearly stated on the diamond certificate, however. Other precious stones are also an option of course, such as ruby and sapphire, that are gaining in popularity.

Pink diamonds are subtle in colour and are a beautiful alternative to colourless diamonds. They are easy to combine with other ring types, such a halo ringor a solitaire ring.

The most renowned pink diamonds in the world

The Pink Star, a coloured Fancy Vivid Pink diamond - BAUNAT
Precisely because pink diamonds are so rare, the ones that are found are usually well known. Take the best known one, the Fancy Vivid Pink, the Pink Star, which is a phenomenal oval stone at a staggering 59.6 carat and valued at 67 million Euros. Its exorbitant priceis due to the extreme rarity of the rose-coloured diamond.
Besides the Pink Star, the Graff Pink is also set in a ring. The diamond was privately owned by Harry Winston until it was sold at auction in 2010 at Sotheby's. The jewel was sold for a staggering 46 million dollars to Laurence Graff, making it one of the costliestjewels in the world.
The Daria-I-Noor is the largest pink diamond in the world - BAUNAT
The third pink diamond that belongs in the top three is the Daria-I-Noor. At 182 carats it is the largest pink diamond in the world, and it is set in the Iranian crown jewels. The quality of this diamond is unfortunately not as good as the other two, rendering it less valuable.

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How do I combine a pink diamond?

Which precious metal should I combine a pink diamond with?

For those among us who love to wear earrings and love the colour pink, a pair of diamond earringsis always a way forward. A diamond necklacewith a diamond in this colour, possibly combined with colourless diamonds, draws the eye without fail.
Simplicity is the golden rule when choosing jewellery with a coloured diamond.
A BAUNAT pear-shaped pink diamond ring
Opt for a precious metalthat doesn't contrast too sharply with the diamond. A setting in white gold or platinum is ideal in retaining the colour balance. Simplicity is the golden rule, certainly when choosing jewellery with a coloured diamond.

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Is pink diamond a suitable precious stone in an engagement ring?

Diamonds come in twelve different colours, with more than 230 possible colour combinations. What with the ever-growing popularity of coloured diamonds, together with the romanticism of the colour pink, it's no wonder that pink diamonds are the most popular engagement ringchoice, regardless of the price tag. Red and pink are, after all, the colours of love. So a ring with a diamond such as this will make the proposal even more special.

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Not only is the ring a showstopper, but the stone itself is an investment diamond. Or, how about the colour pink in a heart-shaped diamond? This is the perfect combination if your prospective bride loves romance and adores wearing very feminine jewellery.

Should I choose a pink diamond solitaire or halo engagement ring?

The solitaire ringis, and is set to remain, the most popular engagement ring. It embodies elegance, irrespective of the size of the diamond. The preference for a colourless diamond is just as traditional. Which is precisely why a solitaire ring set with a magnificent pink diamond will truly stand out from the crowd.
With a halo ring the centre diamond appears bigger than it is, surrounded by smaller diamonds.
A halo ringis also eminently suitable for a pink diamond.A halo is a circle of diamonds, where the centre diamond appears bigger than it is. That centre diamond can, of course, be a pink diamond.

Tailor made pink diamond jewellery at BAUNAT

Would you like to buy a pink or colourless diamond for yourself or your partner? If so, browse our collection of diamond rings or opt for tailor madejewellery. The pink diamond jewellery collection on our website is limited. We therefore suggest you make an appointment at one of our showrooms to have tailor made jewellery made.  Starting at a budget of €4000, you can design the jewellery of your dreams with the help of our experts. So don't hesitate to ask the BAUNAT diamond experts for advice.

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Pink diamonds are exceedingly rare and so very valuable.  If you would rather choose another coloured diamond at perhaps a lower price, there are several options available to you. Browse the other colour diamonds available at BAUNAT below.

Frequently asked Questions

What is a pink diamond?

A naturally coloured pink diamond is one of the most desirable diamond colours because of its romantic and unique appearance. Fancy pink diamonds are very rare, actually only 0,01% of all diamond carats mined are quality pink stones. Most of the world’s natural pink diamonds were found in the Argyle Mine in Western Australia which was closed in 2020. You can buy pink diamonds with ease at BAUNAT.

Are diamonds rare?

Diamonds are actually quite rare. Also it is true that the process of extracting diamond is quite laborious (mines move many tons of dirt per carat of diamond found) and that gem-quality diamonds are relatively few (only about 1 in 1 million diamonds are quality one carat stones, only 1 in 5 million are 2-carat; and 1 in 15 million are 3-carat).

The prices of diamonds increase along with the inflation rate. In some periods, the demand is higher than the supply whilst in other periods this is reversed. In the end, there is always a balance.

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What is the earliest record of a man giving a diamond to a woman for her hand in marriage?
In 1477, the Archduke of Austria gave a diamond to Mary of Burgundy. Today, some 500 years later, diamonds are the most popular gemstones in engagement rings.

On average, how old is a diamond?
Diamonds are formed over a period of millions of years deep within earth's crust – about 150km (90 miles) deep. Within time, they are pushed to the surface by volcanoes. Most diamonds are found in volcanic rock, called Kimberlite, or in the sea after having been carried away by rivers when they were pushed to the surface.

A diamond is 58 times harder than corundum, the next hardest mineral on earth, out of which rubies and sapphires are formed. Only in the 15th century, it was discovered that the only way to cut diamonds was with other diamonds.

What is the largest diamond in the world?
The world’s largest diamond known to men was the Cullinan, which was found in South Africa in 1905. Uncut, it weighed 3,106.75 carats. The Cullinan was cut into the Great Star of Africa (530.2 carats), the Lesser Star of Africa (317.40 carats), and an additional 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless colour and clarity. Today, these diamonds form part of the British crown jewels.

The Cullinan was three times the size of the next largest diamond, the Excelsior, which was also found in South Africa. The world’s largest documented polished diamond, which was unearthed in 1986 in South Africa, is called the The Golden Jubilee. It was cut down from a 700 carat rough diamond and weighs 545 carats. The diamond took almost 3 years to cut, just like the Centenary Diamond, which also forms a part of the British crown jewels. This last one weighs 273.85 carats and is considered the world’s largest flawless diamond.

The biggest diamond in the entire universe is thought to be Lucy, a crystallized white dwarf star. It is actually a burned out star from diamonds. It was discovered about 50 light-years away from Earth in the region of the sky we refer to as the constellation Centaurus. Its weight is 10 billion trillion carat. Named after the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the star is technically known as BPM 37093.

In ancient times, what "powers" did people believe diamonds gave them?
In ancient times, diamonds were believed to promote strength, invincibility and courage.

More Diamond Facts

  • To produce a single one-carat diamond, 250 tons of earth will be mined.
  • Gem-quality diamonds are made up from less than 20 % of the diamonds that are mined worldwide.
  • The first written notation of precious diamonds dates back to around 500 B.C.
  • In their purest state, diamonds are brilliant and entirely colourless.
  • Diamonds are found in a variety of colours. Blue and pink diamonds are the rarest, and yellow and brown are the most common.
  • The diamond is rock hard and virtually fireproof. In order for a diamond to burn, it must be heated to 1292 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Out of one-thousand polished diamonds, only one will weigh more than one carat.
  • Although the United States of America accounts for less than 1% of total global gemstone productions, they buy more than half of the world's total gem quality diamonds and thus account for the world's largest diamond market.
  • Australia produces the most diamonds in volume.
  • The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas is the world’s only diamond mine that is open to the public. Since 1906, more than 70000 diamonds have been discovered in the Crater of Diamonds State Park, including the 40.23 carat Uncle Sam Diamond, which is the largest diamond of its kind ever found in the U.S.A.
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