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  • Violet Diamonds

The Guide For Buyers & Investors

 

Similar to natural pure fancy purple diamonds, natural pure violet diamonds are exceedingly rare – they are arguably even rarer than purple diamonds and are seldom found in sizes larger than one carat. In fact, fancy violet diamonds are typically very small, routinely ranging from 0.10 carat to approximately 0.30 carat. Pure violet diamonds without secondary modifying colors are even harder to find, as most are paired with grey or blue. While some colored diamond industry professionals use the words “violet” and “purple” interchangeably, violet diamonds are a distinct color group that should not be confused with purple diamonds, physically and in discussion. Violet diamonds will appear more blue-grey to the eye while purple diamonds appear red or pinkish.

 

At Diamond Envy, our colored diamond knowledge can be credited to a hands-on approach. Familiarity with the rarest colors of diamonds gives us the best reference for assessing the natural colored diamonds selected for our collection.  Our in house diamond graders evaluates each stone for cut, color and clarity and ensure we feature only the best conflict-free colored diamonds.  Since violet diamonds are extremely rare and command very high prices, Diamond Envy offers fancy purple diamonds as an alternative. To learn more about elusive violet diamonds, read below for information regarding color, price, value and history.

 

Color

 

As with several other natural fancy colored diamond groups, the presence of a trace element (in the case of fancy violet diamonds is hydrogen) in the atomic lattice, is responsible for their particular color. The cause of color in violet diamonds is markedly different from that of purple diamonds, which is due to plastic deformation, or mutation of the atomic lattice. Violet diamonds and purple diamonds therefore consist of two separate colors.

 

 purple violet diamond

 

Intensity

 

Fancy violet diamonds are assessed according to intensity of color, or a combination of saturation and tone.  The following describe violet diamond intensities:

 

Fancy Violet, Fancy Intense Violet, Fancy Dark Violet, Fancy Deep Violet

 

 violet diamond colors

 

The further along this spectrum you go, the richer and more intense the violet is to be seen in the diamond. The more intense a diamond’s color saturation, the more it will be worth. A Fancy Intense Violet diamond will be worth considerably more than a Fancy Violet diamond, although both are valuable in their own right.

 

Secondary Color Modifiers

 

A colored diamond is generally rare when it exists as one color without any modifying colors. Violet diamonds can be found paired with blue and grey.

 

It is more common for violet to serve as a secondary color modifier, such as a diamond graded Fancy Violetish Blue or Fancy Violet-Grey, than for it to be the dominant color in a diamond that is modified by another color.

 

 violet diamonds

 

Tone

 

Tone refers to the lightness or darkness of a violet diamond, and the continuum in between. GIA grading does not make a distinction in tones, but to the eye a stone with darker tones may appear more intense in color. For someone looking for the appearance of a Fancy Intense Violet diamond without the price tag of one, a good option may be a Fancy Violet diamond with a darker tone.

 

 violet diamonds

 

Fluorescence


Violet diamonds do not have a marked tendency to exhibit fluorescence to UV light. In the final analysis, the enhancement to a stone’s aesthetics that fluorescence offers is entirely subjective.

 

 

 

Clarity

 

Natural violet diamonds tend to have inclusions and therefore generally fall in the SI1 to I1 range. Violet diamonds with clarity grades of VS2 or better are rarer.

 

Shape

 

Natural fancy violet diamonds can be found in virtually all shapes, including radiant, marquise, pear, oval, heart, cushion and the classic round brilliant cut. In the case of violet diamonds, a round brilliant cut does not necessarily desaturate color as they usually have relatively darker tones than other diamond colors. Take note of uneven color distributions as well (these will be noted on your GIA certificate), as they can certainly affect a diamond’s appearance and value.

 

violet diamond shapes 

 

Value

 

Natural fancy violet diamonds are extremely valuable. Even more valuable are those that are a pure violet color without any secondary modifying color. Violet diamonds tend to be found coupled with grey or blue as secondary colors. The modifying colors tend to devalue such violet diamonds, but they are nonetheless rare and possess high value in their own right. Violet diamonds of any kind are typically small and rarely, if ever, exceed one carat. If a violet diamond larger than one carat should surface on the market in the future, there will be a hefty price tag attached to that rare commodity.

 

History

 

The majority of violet diamonds originate from the Argyle mine, the same mine made famous worldwide for its production of fancy pink diamonds, in Kimberley, Western Australia. Violet diamonds rose to prominence when they were discovered in Australia in the late 1980s. Argyle violet diamonds tend to exhibit conspicuous overtones of blue or grey, affirming the complete dearth of pure violet diamonds.

 

Famous Violet Diamonds

 

Because so few violet diamonds exist, there are no bona fide famous violet diamonds yet.

 

At Diamond Envy, we offer an impressive selection of rare natural colored diamonds. Whether you’re interested in a loose diamond as an investment opportunity or one-of-a-kind custom jewelry to give as a truly unique gift for someone special, shop our purple diamond collection today.