Just a few months ago, following all the hoopla that surrounded the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle one of his cousins followed his lead and walked down the aisle of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in a wedding that was very different. But the engagement was rather different to, as the Princess’ fiance broke with tradition and presented her with a pink ring.
Princess Eugenie’s ring, which is a real beauty, is not however, as some of the media initially stated, a pink diamond ring. Instead it is a pink sapphire, in this case a Padparadscha sapphire, a name that is derived from the Sanskrit for “lotus flower”.
But although Eugenie’s ring is not a pink diamond ring it has put the appeal of them back into the public eye and having lost some of its pop culture ‘taint’ – remember the pink diamond Ben Affleck gave Jennifer Lopez during their “Bennifer” days? – they are very much back. But there are some misconceptions about pink diamond rings that prevent some people from even considering them. And so we’d like to clear some of them up here.
Pink Diamonds are ‘Fake’
Although they can be cultivated in a lab a true pink diamond is anything but ‘fake’. It’s not hard to understand why people might think so, if they are used to seeing only the clear diamonds we are all so familiar with. A pink diamond, when compared to those can almost look ‘fake’, but they are indeed natural diamonds, they simply formed in a different way.
A pink diamond is formed when – experts believe, because they are not quite sure – a diamond is exposed to intense heat and pressure that causes distortions in the crystal lattice that absorb green light, reflecting a pink hue. They are only found in a very limited number of mines in the world – most frequently in the Argyle Mine in Australia – and they are some of the rarest finds in the world. The one thing that they are not, however, is fake!
Pink Diamond Rings Cost Millions
This is partially true. Some of the world’s most expensive diamonds are pink diamonds. And some of the world’s most expensive rings are pink diamond rings. But not all pink diamonds are out the reach of those of use who are not millionaires.
How much a pink diamond costs depends on a great many factors. There are the usual four C’s to consider – cut, color, clarity, and carat weight – but in the case of a pink diamond it is usually color that is most important. This can range from a very light hue to a deep, intense pink and just where a diamond falls on the color scale – along with what its secondary hue is – can affect its value significantly. This means while they certainly won’t be inexpensive if you work with a reputable diamond dealer a pink diamond ring may be far more affordable than you think.
Pink Diamond Rings are ‘Too Girly’
While lots of women love pink there are those who feel it is a little too girly and cutesy for their tastes and they prefer something a little deeper and more ‘sophisticated’. Pink diamonds can be all of that though. A brownish, purplish pink diamond, for example, has a deep hue that is almost purple, a very real and sophisticated look indeed.
Pink Diamonds are Hard to Find
If you are talking from a diamond mining perspective, that statement is 100% correct. From a jewelry shopping perspective, not so much. As they continue to increase in popularity fancy colored diamonds – including pink diamonds – are becoming easier to locate, especially if you choose to work with a dealer who specializes in them.
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