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  • A Quick Guide to Colored Diamonds

    December 28, 2015

    A perfect, flawless diamond is transparent—with no color or hue whatsoever. However, larger stones are unlikely to be perfect. Chemical impurities can affect the color of the rock. Some of these impurities will create colors that are desirable and ADD value while others create less desirable colors and can lower the value of the stone. Whether you are in the market to purchase a diamond ring, or you are looking to sell your loose diamonds to a buyer, it is important that you understand the basics of colored diamonds.

    Desirable Colors

    When it comes down to it, nearly all quality diamonds are desirable—to an extent. However, some colors are always more desirable than others. Red diamonds are the rarest, so they have the highest price tags. Blue and pink diamonds are also very popular. Other colors may be popular in certain years, and the prices can ebb and flow as the market demands.

    Trendy Colors

    Every few years there seems to be a new trendy colored diamond that catches on in the jewelry market. For awhile it was the pink diamonds and black diamond in recent years it has been brown or “chocolate” diamonds. Just like other colored diamonds, when they occur naturally it is due to impurities in the stone. However, it is important to realize that the trend doesn’t always last. If you are considering a trendy color as an investment, you may do better to sell your loose diamonds or jewelry now—while the market is hot.

    Less Desirable Colors

    In the world of jewelry, a lot of things come down to personal preference. However, there are always going to be certain colors that are less popular than others. Even though a bright, canary yellow stone is always popular, “yellowed” diamonds, or off-color white for instance, tend to be the least desirable. This is particularly the case of those with just a slight color to them, as they are often seen as just an impure form of a traditional stone. However, any stone, when properly cut and set will have its place and its buyer. If you are looking to sell, it is certainly worth talking to a quality jewelry buyer to find out what you may have.

    No matter what color of diamonds you have, if you want to sell your loose diamonds or other jewelry, it makes sense to work with an expert. Contact the team at Roy Herlz. We are New York’s most trusted jewelry buyers—specializing in loose diamonds, engagement rings, watches and unique pieces. Give us a call or stop by the store today to learn more about how you can turn your jewelry into cash.


    We are interested in all kinds of precious jewelry, particularly diamonds of a carat or more. Please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.

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