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Color formation of purple diamonds

Similar to orange diamonds, pure purple colored diamonds are almost nonexistent in the lab terminology, since purple is made of pink and blue. One will more often see purple diamonds described as pinkish purple. Often confused with the secondary color violet, purple is a dominant and rare hue in natural color diamonds. These diamonds tend to have gray or pinkish modifiers. Most of the purple diamonds come from Russia. The Royal Purple Heart Diamond is the largest fancy vivid purple diamond known to exist. It weighs 7.34 carats and was cut into a perfect Heart Shape.

Fancy color diamonds are the most special of all

Natural fancy color diamonds are the most special of all diamonds. Most of the diamonds that are discovered are in the colorless to light yellow range on the GIA color scale. Stones with even the slightest hint of a color other than yellow or brown are classified as fancy colored diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds come in a wide variety of shades and colors such as purple, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, black, pink and the incredibly rare red.

To illustrate how rare colored stones are: of 10,000 mined colorless diamonds, only one will be a fancy color diamond.

Natural colored purple diamond

The quality of the color

When determining the value of a fancy purple diamond, the quality of the color is the most important aspect. To assess the color, diamond experts look at the hue, tone, saturation and distribution. Hue refers to the main color present in the stone. The main color can have different tints depending on the modifiers. For instance, a reddish-purple diamonds means the color is mainly purple with red tints. Tone is used to describe how light or dark a stone appears to be. Saturation refers to the intensity of the hue and distribution assesses if the color is evenly spread across the gem.

Diamond shape and carat weight

The shape of a colored diamond is decided depending on which shape will bring out the maximum color intensity of the rough stone. Round Cuts tend to weaken color intensity, which is why most colored diamonds have a Fancy Cut. The most favored cuts are Cushion and Radiant Cut, followed closely by Pear Shape, Heart Shape, Oval Shape and Marquise Cut. Besides color, carat weight plays a large role in assessing the value of a colored diamond. Most of the fancies weigh less than 1 carat, regardless of which color type. Fancy colored diamonds above 5 carats are extremely rare and are highly valued.

What are the wholesale prices?


Buy diamonds at wholesale prices to get the quality stone you want at the best possible price. To find the wholesale prices for fancy purple diamonds, fill in the form to receive a free quote. After submitting your request, our team of diamond experts will search for your perfect purple diamond sourcing the world’s largest inventory of GIA certified loose diamonds. Through our global network of diamond suppliers and cutters, we are able to offer you diamonds of all sizes and shapes at wholesale prices. Your diamond expert will personally contact you to give you the current wholesale prices for the diamond you are looking for, and provide you with any further information you may need. He is your dedicated contact from beginning to end.

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