Tuesday 25 April 2017

Natural Color Diamonds in Upcoming Spring Auctions

Natural Color Diamonds in Upcoming Spring Auctions

[Langerman Diamonds] Several auction houses will propose beautiful natural color diamonds for their next spring auctions.  As Graeme Thompson, head of jewelry at Bonhams Asia said “The increasing popularity of natural colored gemstones has been driven by growing demand from around the world, and interest in them is now widening to newer areas.”

Fancy natural color diamonds will lead the following auctions: 

Christies - Magnificent Jewels Auction, New-York, April 26

A cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut fancy vivid purplish pink diamond, I1, weighing approximately 5.26 carats, flanked on either side by a tapered baguette-cut diamond, mounted in platinum. Estimation $2,800,000 - 3,500,000.


Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond Christie's 

A rectangular-cut fancy brown-yellow diamond, weighing approximately 20.48 carats, VVS1 clarity, mounted in a white gold ring. Estimation $80,000 - 120,000. 



A square step-cut fancy intense yellow diamond, weighing approximately 23.56 carats, fancy intense yellow, natural color, VVS1 clarity, potentially Internally Flawless, set in a baguette-cut diamond and circular-cut yellow diamond surround, 1978, ring size 6, mounted in platinum and 18k gold. Signed Webb for David Webb. Estimation $ 300,000 - 500,000

Fancy Intense Yellow Ring by Webb

Sotheby's - Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels, Geneva, May 16

A Fancy Intense Purplish Pink diamond, VS1, Type IIa, weighing 7.04 carats set in a ring Piaget. Estimation CHF 8.030.000 - 12.040.000


Natural Fancy Intense Pink Diamond - Sotheby's



Philips - Jewels and Jadeite, Hong-Kong, May 29

A Fine Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond and Pink Diamond Ring

 Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring - Philips


A Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Diamond, Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring

 Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ring Philips


Bonhams -  Jewels of the World Collection Auction, Hong Kong, May 31

A radiant-cut fancy green diamond, weighing 5.03 carats, surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds of pink tint, with similarly cut diamonds extending to the bifurcated shoulders. The auction house expecting the piece to fetch $400,000 to $490,000.

 Fancy Green Diamond Ring Bonhams

A pair of Namibian fancy colored diamond and diamond earrings by Forevermark. Each of the Asscher-cut Fancy Intense yellow diamonds, weighing 5.26 and 5.17 carats, VVS1 clarity, is suspended from a similarly cut diamond surmount. Estimation $300,000 - 360,000.

  Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds Earrings - Bonhams

A cushion-shaped fancy light greyish yellowish green diamond, weighing 5.03 carats, within an openwork marquise and brilliant-cut diamond surround, accented by brilliant-cut diamonds of pink tint, diamonds approximately 1.40 carats total, ring size 6. Estimation $32,000 - 38,000.

Natural Fancy Light Greyish yellowish green diamond - Bonhams  



Picture courtesy and sources: Christie’s Images Limited 2017 - Sotheby's - Philips - Bonhams 


Step into the mesmerizing world of natural Pink diamonds, synonymous of elegance and sophistication. These exquisite gems have stolen the spotlight in the realm of fine jewelry, captivating the hearts of fashion enthusiasts around the globe. 

In this article, we’ll explore the enchanting features of Fancy Pink diamonds, uncovering their origins, possible tones, and the growing fascination around them. As we delve into their unique characteristics, you’ll learn how they compare to other popular pink gemstones, revealing the distinct advantages that set them apart.

The Origin Of Their Mesmerising Hues

Fancy Purple-Pink diamond from Langerman Diamonds.
0.11 ct Radiant Pink VS diamond.

Fancy Pink diamonds are the result of a remarkable geological process that lasted millions of years. During their formation process, atomic traces of minerals such as hydrogen, nitrogen, or boron were introduced into their crystalline structure, resulting in impressive hues.

However, another scientific theory states that the pink hue comes from a deformation in the crystal lattice of the stone, a phenomenon caused by extreme pressure.

Whichever the cause, thanks to our Earth’s natural transformations, today we get to enjoy the exceptional shades of Pink diamonds.

Fancy Intense Purple-Pink diamond from Langerman Diamonds.
0.22 ct Pear Pink diamond from Argyle, Australia.

From delicate pastel tones reminiscent of blooming cherry blossoms to intense, vivid shades that command attention, natural Pink diamonds offer a diverse palette of hues that ignite the imagination.

Rarity And A Growing Fascination

The allure of these unique stones lies not only in their enchanting beauty but also in their rarity. 

Fancy Intense Brownish Pink diamond from Langerman Diamonds.
0.13 ct Marquise Rosé VS2 diamond from Argyle, Australia.

As luxury enthusiasts and jewelry connoisseurs seek to come in possession of the most exclusive and coveted pieces, the interest surrounding fancy pink diamonds continues to grow. With the recent closure of the renowned Argyle mine in Australia, a significant source of Pink diamonds, their scarcity has skyrocketed.

Pink Diamond’s Unparalleled Properties

Fancy Intense Brownish Pink from Langerman Diamonds.
0.32 ct Oval Pink diamond from Argyle, Australia.


The refractive index of a diamond is approximately 2.42. This high refractive index is one of the factors that contribute to the exceptional brilliance and sparkle that diamonds are renowned for. The high refractive index allows diamonds to bend and reflect light in a way that creates maximum dispersion and brilliance, resulting in their captivating play of light and fire. It is this unique optical property that sets diamonds apart from other gemstones and contributes to their timeless allure and desirability.

0.35 carat Trapezoid Step-Cut Raspberry diamond with GIA report.


Diamonds are renowned for their exceptional hardness, ranking 10 on the Mohs scale, which is the highest possible rating. This remarkable property makes diamonds highly resistant to scratching and abrasion, ensuring their longevity and durability even with daily wear.

Split-shank Pink diamond engagement ring with double halo by Langerman Diamonds.
Pear-shaped Pink diamond ring with double halo.

The hardness of a diamond contributes significantly to its value. Diamonds are prized for their ability to withstand the rigors of everyday use without losing their beauty or succumbing to damage. This durability ensures that diamond jewelry, such as engagement rings and heavily worn pieces, can be cherished forever and passed down through generations.

What About Other Pink Gemstones?


This pink gemstone is often used in jewelry for its vibrant color. Pink tourmaline can be found in various parts of the world, including Brazil, Afghanistan, Mozambique, and the United States. Each location may produce unique variations in color and quality, making it more complicated for the regular customer to understand how to measure and compare characteristics.

Tourmaline ranks 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs' scale of hardness, making it moderately durable, but relatively softer compared to Pink diamonds. With a refractive index between 1.624 and 1.644, pink tourmaline exhibits a good amount of brilliance and light dispersion.

Pink quartz

This mineral showcases a soft, delicate pink hue that does not typically offer much sparkle. There are multiple levels of transparency available, from very translucent to milky opaque or smoky with yellow or brown undertones.

Scoring a 7 on the Mohs scale, pink quartz is relatively durable and suitable for some types of jewelry. However, it is still important to protect it from impact, and best suitable for earrings and low-wear pieces.

Pink Sapphire

The intensity of its color depends on the place of origin and the combination of trace elements present within its crystal structure.

With a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, pink sapphires are very durable and resistant, making them suitable for all kinds of jewelry pieces. However, they are more prone to scratches than diamonds.


Kunzite is quite affordable because it’s relatively unknown although it can be found in many places like Afghanistan, Brazil, Madagascar, and the USA.

Like most color stones, kunzite can be undergo irradiation or heat treatments to enhance its color. Exposure to heat and bright light can cause color in both natural and treated kunzite to fade over time.


Most morganite deposits are found in Brazil, but the highest quality specimens come from Madagascar. Typically, morganite enjoys a high transparency with minimal inclusions resulting in clear, polished stones.

Scoring a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, Morganite is safe and durable enough for jewelry.

Your Best Choice: Pink Diamonds

Fancy Intense Orangy Pink diamond from Langerman Diamonds.
0.29 ct Shield cut Pink diamond from Argyle, Australia

There are multiple options to choose from to create a jewel with pink gemstones. However, they all fall short when compared to the durability and brilliance of natural Pink diamonds. With sources becoming more scarce while demand continues grows, Pink diamonds keep appreciating in value making them a better financial choice when compared to other gemstones which tend to loose value in the resale marker. Pink diamonds present multiple advantages for their investment potential and as a valuable asset to be passed on for generations.

Bespoke Pink diamond ring by Langerman Diamonds.
Emerald cut Burgundy diamond set in a ring with channel-set and pavé-set white diamonds.

When purchasing color gemstones, it’s important the buyer requests a professional laboratory report that discloses any enhancements to make an informed decision. Unfortunately for most consumers, it’s hard to find full-detailed information on a finished jewelry piece and it requires additional effort and inquiries to confirm the quality of a gemstone.

Langerman Diamonds has over 50 years of expertise in sourcing and trading natural color diamonds. Explore our online inventory and contact us to learn more about the purchasing process.