The Argyle Diamond Mine is located in a remote corner of North West Australia and it produces over 90 percent of the world while diamond and yet less that 1/10 of 1 percent is classified as Pink in color.
There are varieties of pink diamonds comes in different shades ranging from a pastel rose, such as the Pink Orchid to intense purple-reds of the Moussaieff Red. It’s price is determined by the intensity of the color. Pink diamonds have sold for up to $1,000,000 a carat. Type I diamonds are derived their color from impurities imbedded in the diamond, while the Pink diamonds are considered a Type II and they get their color from a process known as Plastic Deformation.
Few Type II diamonds have any nitrogen impurities in them. They get their coloration due to structural anomalies caused by Plastic Deformation during the crystal growth. The high pressure changes the lattice structure of diamonds and has led to the formation of Pink, Red, and Brown colored diamonds.
Only 1 out of the top 66 largest diamonds in the world is pink. Ben Affleck gave Jennifer Lopez a pink diamond as engagement ring. Although not normally very large in size but they have become very popular and over the years many have become world famous.
Probably the most famous pink diamond in the world was the Pink Panther This diamond was made famous by the 1964 when file of The Pink Panther was released. Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau was on the trail of the jewel thief also known as The Pink Panther.
Darya-I-Nur diamond is believed to be the largest pink diamond in the world. It’s weight is estimated between 175 and 195 carats, and it is a light pink color. Its exact weight isn’t known because its been mounted in its brooch setting for over 130 years. This stone is one of the most celebrated diamonds in the Iranian Crown Jewels and it is also one of the oldest stones known to man.
The Steinmetz Pink Diamond is classified as a vivid pink and is 59.60 carats in weight. This was discovered in South Africa and is the largest Fancy Vivid Pink diamond in the world. This great diamond was first shown to the public in 2003 in Monaco. A team of eight jewelers took 20 months to create this Internally Flawless diamond and made 50 models before cutting on the real diamond.
With the new techniques and due to the use of progressed technology in creating laboratory diamonds it will only be a matter of time before quality pink diamonds are available to the general public at an affordable price.