Treated Pink Diamonds VS Pink Sapphires and Other Gems
Pink diamonds have become popular in the last few years ever since large and expensive pink diamonds have surfaced in celebrity engagement rings and other jewelry that got a lot of attention on the red carpet.
These diamonds are of course natural since celebrities would certainly not be caught dead proposing with a treated pink diamond sitting in an engagement ring.
This does not mean that a treated pink diamond should be necessarily poo pooed by your average joe who does not have the $25,000 to pay for a minuscule quarter carat round nice pink diamond. Instead they should be embraced as they already are by an enthusiastic audience of jewelry lovers.
Treated Pink Diamonds
Treated pink diamonds have been available since 2004 when it was discovered that pink diamonds could be produced from certain types of near colorless diamonds through a series of High pressure high temperature treatments combined with irradiation.
Treated pink diamonds are readily available on many jewelry sites which was not the case in early 2000 when the treatment process was highly experimental and had not reached the commercial stage yet.
First Came Treated Blue Diamonds
Up to this point the main treated colored diamonds available in the jewelry market that were popular were the treated blue diamonds. Blue diamond jewelry has been popular because such blue diamonds are generally inexpensive, especially in the darker shades.
Turning a normal slightly yellowish brownish diamond blue is a much simpler process that that used to turn the same type of diamond pink.
The use of heavily included diamonds with dark crystals is the norm for creating the darker blue diamonds since the dark blue color will hide the dark spots in the diamond although it would not do so great a job of hiding white feathers.
This is why the diamonds with the dark spots are used instead.However, today the treatment process for changing a near colorless diamond pink has been honed to a quick production process and so treated pink diamonds are just a bit more expensive than treated blue diamonds.
Treated Pink Diamonds and Pink Sapphires
Pink diamond studs are one of the most popular types of jewelry that women like to purchase when they are just adding pink diamonds to their jewelry wardrobe.
Usually women who start a collection of treated pink diamond jewelry already have a collection of pink stone jewelry ranging from natural pink sapphires, pink tourmaline, rubellite and pink cubic zirconia for their inexpensive fashion jewelry.
Although natural pink sapphires are a favorite for many women. This pink stone although durable does not possess the high refractive index of diamond and so is a poor substitute for women that want the combination of diamond’s brilliance and scintillation along with a nice pink color.
Pink sapphires do not look the same as pink diamonds and this becomes quite obvious when the two gems are put side by side. Nice clean and well cut pink sapphires also get quite expensive in the larger sizes in much the same way that high quality blue sapphires do.
So getting treated pink diamonds instead is not that far of a leap from pink sapphires the only thing is that you are now wearing treated diamond instead of a naturally colored sapphire. This is not to say that you can’t get inexpensive treated sapphire.You can if you want a less expensive option.
Pinks Diamonds VS Pink Tourmaline
Pink tourmaline is a different kind of pink from the pink that you see in pink sapphire and diamond. It generally has more of a raspberry coloration with a hint of brown like this nice square cushion tourmaline to the right.
Pink tourmaline is also far less durable than either sapphire or diamond in the event that you are looking for a gemstone that can stand up to daily wear on a piece of jewelry like a ring. It is possible but quite difficult to find tourmaline in the type of baby pink hue that most women seem to desire in a pink gem.
Pink Diamonds VS Morganite and Kunzite
The other pink contenders that don’t involve the use of treatrment include gem stones like Morganite and Kunzite. Both of these stones come in large sizes and reasonably un-included for average prices but their pink is generally quite pale and unsaturated.
Check out this pastelly peach shaded morganite on the right. You can see that this stone is fairly large and will look good in a setting where the emphasis is on the setting.
This type of neutral pink hue is often used in jewelry that strives for a big look incorporating high design and lots of saturated accent stones. The large neutral pink morganite or kunzite is a center stone that stands out but does not detract from the overall design of such a jewelry piece.
Because the pink in these gemstones are not really very saturated most women will not wear then as pink gemstone earring studs. They will go for the more highly saturated treated pink diamond or pink sapphire.
Treated Pink Diamonds-What To Avoid
The type of treated pink diamond that you may want to avoid is the pink coated diamond. Gemstones like topaz and quartz and commonly treated this way and is readily disclosed on invoices from the actual manufacturer that does the coating all the way down to the retailer.
Usually an inexpensive colorless or near colorless faceted quartz or topaz gemstone is the material used in this process. Because the material is on the order of a few dollars per carat there is not much point in even unscrupulous gemstone and jewelry dealers and retailers trying to sell this type of treated stone without disclosure.
But when it comes to coated pink diamonds, the temptation to pass off a coated pink diamond as a heat treated pink diamond on part of retailer or wholesaler is something that must always be taken into consideration. So when it comes to purchasing pink diamonds it is always prudent to go to a trusted and reputable source.
Some of these coatings are quite durable and are known to resist detergent, ultrasonic cleaning and even the acid commonly used to clean diamonds. Typically the coating is only applied to the pavilion or bottom part of the near colorless diamond which will generally result in such a diamond having a darker face up color that that observed when the diamond is face down.
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