The word ‘Diamond’ is derived from the word “adamas” which means “the hardest metal” in Greek. Since diamonds are expensive they are usually used to make beautiful and expensive watches and jewelry. Diamonds are members of the carbon family and are available in several colors like yellow, pink, blue, chocolate, brown and orange. These colored diamonds are referred to as natural fancy color diamonds.
What are Natural Colored Diamonds?
Naturally colored diamonds usually contain some structural defects or impurities that caused the coloration. Some of the common impurities that are found in colored diamonds include nitrogen and boron. The presence of nitrogen in diamonds can cause yellow coloration and the presence of boron can cause orange coloration. At times, crystal lattice defects in the diamond can also cause orange coloration
Natural orange diamonds are rare and expensive diamonds that are desired by many diamond collectors. These diamonds usually come from diamond mines in South Africa and Australia. The shades of natural orange diamonds may vary but the color of these diamonds is usually dark. The color intensity of these diamonds is rated on a scale of 1 to 9 by the Gemology Institute of America.
Natural orange diamonds with high intensity grade are extremely rare and expensive. These include colors like Fancy Vivid Orange and Fancy Intense Orange. Other shades of orange diamond include Fancy Brownish Orange, Fancy Pinkish Orange, Fancy Yellowish Orange, Fancy Intense Pinkish Orange, Fancy Vivid Pinkish Orange, Fancy Vivid Yellowish Orange and Fancy Deep Orange. Straight orange color like Fancy Intense Orange and Fancy Vivid Orange are extremely rare and expensive and are excellent for investment.
Uses of Orange Diamond
Orange Diamond jewelry is available in several styles and types. Many well-known jewelers use orange diamonds in white and yellow gold settings. These diamonds are also used with white diamonds as the contrast between light and dark diamonds looks spectacular. Some manufacturers also mix the orange diamonds with pink and white pearls.
Why people buy Orange Diamonds
Since orange diamonds are more expensive compared to white diamonds, they are an ideal choice for those who buy expensive and exquisite jewelry. Many people also buy orange diamond because they just love the deep and unique color of the diamond. There are of course an abundance of different styles of jewelry made with orange diamonds such as rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants.
Rare and Famous Natural Orange Diamonds
The Pumpkin Diamond is the most famous natural orange diamond. Initially, the diamond was called Vivid Diamond but when it was purchased just before Halloween, the name of the diamond was changed to ‘The Pumpkin Diamond’. This diamond weighs about 5.54 carats and the rated color of the diamond is Fancy Vivid Orange. This famous diamond was worn by popular Hollywood star Halle Berry when she received the Oscar in 2002.