When in doubt, wear red. -- Bill Blass
Red speaks many languages, but no other color speaks red.
I love red!
Did you know red is one of the oldest color names? It has the greatest emotional impact of all colors. Red is sexy and passionate, represents love, luck, dynamism, power, courage and newness (like red-hot news).
Red diamonds are extremely rare. Basically they are very strongly and deeply colored pink diamonds, with the same cause of color, crystal distortion. This combination is so rare that most jeweler and diamond dealers have never even seen a natural red diamond. Red diamonds often have combination of colors known as color modifiers such as pink, purple, orange and brown. While most red diamonds have color modifiers, a pure red diamond is extreme rare, a collector’s ultimate aspiration. Red diamonds are found in Australia, Brazil, South Africa and India.
Over the last ten years, diamonds with green, blue, or red natural color components comprised less than 0.4% of all diamonds submitted to GIA’s laboratories worldwide (including both fancy-color and those on the D–Z scale). Pure hues of red are even rarer, accounting for less than 0.07% of all diamonds examined. [Source: GIA]
In 2013 - Rio Tinto unveiled rare 'fancy red' diamond at it's annual Argyle diamond tender 2013. For the first time in the Argyle mine's 30-year history, the tender included three extremely rare red diamonds.The largest red diamond on the 2013 tender is a 1.56 carat round gem named Argyle Phoenix in honor of the Argyle underground mine.
Just how rare are some of these red diamonds, you might ask?
Well, there is only one such red diamond in the world, the largest fancy red diamond in the world- Trillion cut Moussaieff Red Diamond at 5.11 carat! It was once known as the Red Shield Diamond, it's a diamond with no color modifier. The Moussaieff Red was discovered by a Brazilian farmer in 1990, this brilliant-cut gem is an incredible rarity: a red diamond of more than two carats.
Here's a look at a few more famous red diamonds!
In the past I have authored posts on, Top Ten - Largest Diamonds Discovered In The World, Splendors of Mughal India, The Magnificent Maharajas Of India, Mystery & History Of Marquise Diamond Cut, Ór - Ireland's Gold, The Legendary Cullinan Diamond, Bejeweled Persia - Historic Jewelry From The Qajar Dynasty, Famous Heart-Shaped Diamonds, Type II Diamonds, Green Diamonds, Red Diamonds and more. Being a curious artist that I am, over years, I have spent countless hours in self-driven studies on diamond, jewelry history and research. All good stuff, as I have accumulated a great deal of interesting knowledge, something that definitely informs my jewelry design and other artistic creations. I wrote these blogs for simple reason - to share my collected knowledge with all who are interested, so that more can benefit from it. Take a look and enjoy! -- Reena