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The Rarest and Most Valuable Gems in Existence
The real answer to that question depends on a variety of factors.
Here is the big question, how much do you know about diamonds?
Colorless diamonds have real investment potential when they exceed a certain size and maintain a certain combination of qualities. Consumer size/grade colorless diamonds up to 5 carats are not viable investment vehicles for anyone other than professional diamond dealers.
Don't get sold on false promises, it's been tried and tested and ultimately it was a failure that resulted in a destabilization of the diamond market and a devaluation of the diamonds themselves. There is vitrually no chance that a private individual could ever hope to recover their investment much less turn a profit on consumer friendly colorless diamonds.
Fancy Color Diamonds are a much more attractive alternative when it comes to investment potential. Depending on the magnitude of the investment, yellow diamonds, pink diamonds and blue diamonds consistently appreciate with yellow diamonds being the slowest but steady performers that are both affordable and accessable to a wide range of potential buyers while natural blue and pink diamonds are so rare and expensive that they are accessable to only the top 1% of the financial elite and they continue to appreciate at astronomical rates, year after year.
What is the right combination of Shape, Size, Color, Clarity and Proportions that make for a good investment with price increase potential?
All diamond grading laboratories are NOT created equal, does the diamond have a full GIA diamond grading certificate or is the grading certificate even from an accredited laboratory? Is there a grading certificate from an independent laboratory? Which one? Are they all the same? Or is there a piece of paper from an "in-house" appraiser? What's the difference? The answer is like the difference between night and day.
This incredibly rare diamond known as the Pink Star has been sold in Hong Kong for more than $71m (£57m), setting a new world record for any gemstone at auction.
ADVANTAGES OF INVESTING IN NATURAL FANCY COLOR DIAMONDS
Vast sums of wealth can be contained in highly transportable and compact form. Millions of dollars in fancy colored diamonds can be discreetly transported in a small pouch. This makes fancy colored diamonds the most concentrated form of wealth in the world.
Because of their rarity, increasing demand and inevitable decline in colored diamond supply, fancy color diamond prices have consistently risen for the last three decades.
Natural Yellow diamonds are a supurb class of diamond to invest in for a variety of reasons including their affordability which allow for a much broader base of potential buyers.
UNDERSTANDING NATURAL FANCY COLOR DIAMONDS
Natural Fancy Color Diamonds occur in every imaginable color in the spectrum as well as combinations of colors. Popular and desirable among these colors are the various color intensities of Yellow, Pink, Purple, Red, Blue, Green and Orange along with combinations of these and other colors.
The different and almost limitless combinations of size, color, rarity and desirability will create unique investing opportunities that cater to each individual’s preferences.
While other colors such as White (milky white in appearance as opposed to transparent or colorless), Gray, Brown and Black are technically fancy colors, these colors are universally considered by experienced and professional colored diamond experts to be of no consequence in regard to investment grade natural fancy color diamonds.
The Argyle Violet Diamond pictured above is an epic diamond of 2.83-carats with an oval shape. It is the largest Violet diamond unearthed from the Argyle diamond mine, ridiculously rare and incredibly valuable. If you could afford to purchase it you are vitrtually guaranteed to eventually profit from this diamond of almost unprecedented rarity.
ORIGIN OF FANCY COLOR DIAMONDS
Fancy Color Diamonds are rare naturally occurring instances of diamond where either:
1. Other elements abundant in the formative environment have been incorporated into the crystal structure.
2. Close physical proximity of other external environmental factors have caused changes to occur to the natural crystal structure.
UNDERSTANDING FANCY COLORED DIAMOND COLOR GRADE TERMINOLOGY
The color grading scale is broken up into nine distinct categories of saturation or intensity:
Faint Negligible color – (not investment grade)
Very Light Barely any color – (not investment grade)
Light Very delicate color - (not investment grade)
Fancy Light Delicate color - (not investment grade)
Fancy Obvious color - (Investment Potential)
Fancy Intense Strong color - (Investment Potential)
Fancy Dark Dark tone strong color (not investment grade)
Fancy Deep Rich obvious color - (Investment Potential in certain colors)
It is very common to find colored diamonds that exhibit a combination of related colors. Some, such as "Purplish-Pink" are highly sought after and desirable. Others, such as "Brownish Yellow" are not.
Understanding the big picture of the world of natural fancy colored diamonds is essential in evaluating the real investment potential of any color fancy colored diamond.
Natural Fancy Color diamonds are valuated based the combination of their rarity and desirability.
Rarity is evaluated based on the combination of carat weight, the primary color of the diamond, the saturation and purity of color and to a much lesser extent the Clarity.
Note: We are assuming the Clarity of the stone is within the range Flawless (FL) thru Very Slightly Included 1 (VS1) GIA. Lower clarity grades will impact the rarity and valuation of any colored diamond.
Desirability is more subjective but generally accepted guidelines based on both industry standards and consumer perception set the tone for evaluating the desirability of any given diamond.
COLOR AND RARITY
The different colors of natural fancy color diamonds appear with different frequency. From these desirable colors Yellow diamonds are the most common followed by Pink diamonds, Orange Diamonds and Green Diamonds, Purple Diamonds, Blue diamonds and finally the Red diamond. The rarity of any diamond will increase as the size of the stone increases and also as the color intensity increases.
CLARITY AND FANCY COLOR DIAMONDS
Clarity levels play a completely secondary and negligible role in the valuation of a fancy color diamond as long as the stone is graded for Clarity by GIA standards as being within the range of FL (Flawless) through VS1 (Very Slightly Included Level 1). Flawless (FL) and Internally Flawless (IF) graded diamonds may sell at a premium.
SHAPE AND COLOR
Natural fancy color diamonds appear in all the various shapes traditionally found in colorless diamonds. However, certain shapes lend themselves to the maximization of the saturation and even distribution of color in the crystal while maintaining high levels of Brilliance and Dispersion hence these shapes will be more commonly found.
The Radiant and Cushion cuts are the most prolific followed by other popular shapes like the Oval, Emerald, Asscher, Round Brilliant, and Pear.
These less frequent shapes, Round Brilliant, Emerald and Asscher specifically will often command a large premium over the standard Radiant and Cushion.
HOW TO INVEST IN FANCY COLOR DIAMONDS
The process begins with an initial consultation where we will discuss your investment objectives and guide you toward a class of diamonds that will best match up to your goals and expectations.
After the initial consultation we will provide specific information including official GIA diamond grading reports, high resolution images and video of the actual diamonds and most importantly the expert advice and guidance that can only come from years of experience to help you make an informed and intelligent decision regarding your investment strategy.
Investing in fancy color diamonds with IceStore allows you to access the rarest natural color diamonds available in the world at a fraction of the cost of traditional jewelers, auction houses or traditional brokerage firms.
Our investment portfolios start with a minimum initial investment of $250,000 USD.
Contact us to schedule your fancy color diamond investment consultation.
Our fancy colored diamond investment specialists are available Monday thru Thursday 10:00am to 5:00pm PST.
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