If you're getting married and you want an engagement ring for your soul mate which is sure to gather ooh's and ahh's wherever she goes, you might want to consider a pink diamond ring.
Fancy pink diamonds can be several shades of color from pale reddish to light purple to a soft violet. With eloquent names like "rose pink," peach blossom" and "heliotrope" any pink diamond is much sought-after and considerably more expensive than white or colorless gemstones of similar quality.
Since fancy pink diamonds are more scarce and higher in price, many jewelers don't normally carry them. However, if you have your heart set on this uniquely sophisticated stone for your engagement ring, with a little time and research, it is possible to purchase a pink diamond in many different cuts and settings.
The deeper the shade of pink, the more rare and valuable the stone. Some are only faintly pink and with a smaller stone, the color can be nearly unnoticeable. It's easier to see the pink color in a larger stone but the larger the gemstone, the more unusual it is.
Although all colored diamonds are rare, the pink shade is the most uncommon. Out of a list of the largest diamonds in the world, only one out of 66 is a pink diamond. The top producing diamond mine for colored diamonds is the Argyle mine in Australia which produces about 95 percent of the world supply of pink diamonds. Argyle pink diamonds are known for their deep, intense color and the company sometimes sells their pink diamonds for up to one million dollars a carat.
Fancy pink diamonds are also found in India, Africa and Brazil but their color is much lighter and less intense than the ones found in the Argyle mine.
After actor Ben Affleck presented a six carat pink diamond ring to Jennifer Lopez, the popularity of these rare gems skyrocketed. Lopez' emerald cut ring reportedly cost $1.2 million, which gives an idea of the worth of the pink diamond. Even though this particular Hollywood super couple didn't last, copies of Jennifer's ring are available.
If you are feeling the lure of the pink diamond ring but you don't want to spend millions, there are now new treatment processes to alter the color of some diamonds or enhance the hue to a deeper shade. Natural pink stones are more precious than any enhanced stone but only an expert will know the difference.
For centuries, diamonds have been associated with romance and legend. The Greeks believed the constant flame of love shown through the brilliant fire of the diamond. For couples wishing to seal the promise of their union with the magic of myth, the pink diamond ring will create drama and gather attention wherever life's travels take you.