Diamonds of blue hue are indeed valuable and extremely rare. Actually, the rarest color in the diamond family is blue. As they are not as commonly found as the white diamonds, many questions do arise on the colored diamond based on their color origin, rarity, value and authenticity. Below answered are some of the most common such queries asked about the blue colored diamonds.
How did the Blue Diamonds Originate?
Not only the blue diamonds, but the whole of diamonds were also formed almost Millions of years ago. Rough diamond rocks were gathered from the elements of carbon under conditions of immense heat and pressure. The presence of some extra elements in the carbon element had caused the colorless diamond to turn bluish. A large content of Boron is the major reason for this alteration, according to some studies done on diamonds. Similarly, depending on the different elements and their different levels in it, the diamond continues to alter.
When Compared with All Colored Diamonds, are the Blue diamonds Real?
Truly, the natural blue diamonds are indeed real. The blue colored stones found in nature are ‘real’. Even if the rest of the diamonds were artificially treated to receive the blue coloring, they are not ‘real’ diamonds. Actually, there is a huge price difference between artificially enhanced blue diamond and natural blue diamonds. Moreover, there are two varied stones for these two types of diamond.
Are the Blue Diamonds Rare?
Along with Pink, Red and Violet colored diamonds, the blue diamonds are the rarest. In general, all the colored diamonds are not as common as the colorless diamonds, yet some like the champagne and yellow stones are among those lists that are mostly seen colored. Blue diamonds are given a wider value and are extremely rare, as they are included in the Type IIb diamonds. Among these, the rarest are those which are deep blue colored, which is composed of very high color intensity. Larger blue diamonds are even rarer to find.
Which Stones Can be Grouped under Natural Blue Diamonds?
Those blue diamonds that are not enhanced or treated so as to receive its color and are genuine are the real blue diamonds. One has to check on their GIA certificates of its origin to confirm that their stone is natural or not. The origin will indicate that the stone is ‘natural’ if they are real. These diamonds are available in many shades of blue that constitute of greenish blue, straight blue, violet-blue and grayish blue.
What Compose of Blue Diamonds?
Natural blue diamonds are made by nature, like every other fancy colored diamonds. The major content of these blue diamonds are the impurities of Boron along with Nitrogen, causing the stone to look bluish in shade. The color of the blue stone will be affected in the cutting and polishing to a greater extent.
How Do the Scales of Blue Diamond Varies?
Boron impurities are the prime cause for these variations in their blue-hued shade. Basically, its grading scale varies from the darker shades to lighter ones like, fancy vivid blue, fancy deep blue, fancy intense blue, fancy blue, fancy light blue, light blue, very light blue and faint blue.
From Where Do These Stones Come?
Around the whole world, only a few mines do contain blue diamonds. The Argyle mine of Australia and Cullinan mine near Pretoria, South Africa are the major two mine from where the blue diamonds are mined. Some time ago, the popular Golconda mine of India was also used to be source for this blue wonder.
How is Blue Diamonds Different from Blue Sapphires?
As mentioned earlier, the content of boron in the carbon element decides the intensity of blue in this colored diamond. The deep blue diamonds will contain more impurities of boron.
Sapphires are those stones that contain the impurity of Titanium element. Here, the more saturated hue will be formed with more concentration of Titanium. Although the most classic and traditional color of sapphire is blue, they can be found in other colors also.
How Much Do Blue Diamonds Cost?
Based on the color, size, clarity and color intensity, the prices of blue diamonds will be determined. Moreover, for these blue wonder, the intensity of the color matters more. The most basic blue diamonds can be as expensive as a few thousand dollars. All the while, the larger counterpart like that of the Wittelsbach-Graff will be even more expensive, which would be around millions. Considering its rarity, they are snatched most quickly by fetching higher steep prices.