Orange Diamonds

By Rubina Posh January 21,2017

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The price of Orange Diamonds depends on the intensity of their colour.

A 1.00ct SI2 Pear Cut Diamond graded as Natural Fancy Vivid Yellow Orange was available on 8th December 2017 for AUD$61,000.

A 1.03ct SI1 Cushion Cut Diamond graded as Natural Fancy Deep Brownish Light Orange was available on 8th December 2017 for AUD$6,500

A 1.00ct Si2 Pear Cut Diamond graded as Natural Fancy Intense Orange was available on 8th December 2017 for AUD$470,000

The colour grading scale for Orange Diamonds is divided into seven categories:

1.   Faint Orange;

2.   Very Light Orange;

3.   Light Orange;

4.   Fancy;

5.   Fancy Intense Orange;

6.   Fancy Vivid Orange and

7.   Fancy Deep Orange.

These are then further divided based on their secondary colours.

Other colours seen along with the main colour are known as secondary colours. If the secondary colour is rarer, then the diamond will be more expensive.

Always graded face up (flat side up) these diamonds will have the secondary colour listed first, followed by the main colour. The last colour mentioned is the most dominant colour.

Fancy vivid and fancy deep are the mostly desired colour intensities.

Pure Orange Diamonds are extremely rare, as rare as the red.

The colour is caused by the presence of Nitrogen in its composition.

Natural fancy orange diamonds range from orange red to yellow orange.

Red, orange, pink, purple, yellow and brown are the secondary colours. Orange diamonds usually occur with a secondary colour and are also a secondary colour to other diamonds.

In the yellow and pink diamonds, the orange is the secondary colour. When the colour is less than 25 percent orange, it is referred to as “orangey”.

For these diamonds to be classified as orange there cannot be any brown tints. A pure fancy vivid orange diamond or vivid orange with a slight yellowish tone is sometimes known as a “pumpkin diamond”.

Interesting Facts

Most Orange Diamonds are found in Australia and South Africa.

Some of the shapes which the Orange Diamonds are cut include:

Asscher; Cushion; Emerald; Heart; Marquise; Oval; Pear; Princess; Radiant and Round.

In 2013 at the Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction a rare orange diamond with an estimated value of $17 to $21 million, graded as a 14.82ct VS1 Fancy Vivid Orange known as The Orange was sold for $35,531 974 ($2,398 million per carat)

On 15th October, 2011 at the Hong Kong Sotheby’s Auction a 4.19 ct cushion-shaped natural fancy vivid orange diamond set in a ring was sold for $2.96 million (HKD 23.06 million), ($706, 443 per carat).

The Orange is approximately three times than the two other known large orange diamonds: The 5.54-carat “Pumpkin Diamond,” which was sold privately, and a 4.19 carat fancy vivid orange diamond sold at auction for a record price of $2.95 million in October 2011.

In 1997 an 11.00-carat, Brownish Orange coloured rough diamond was found in South Africa This diamond was later cut in a cushion shape reducing its size to 5.54ct. This Fancy Vivid Orange is known as The Pumpkin Diamond which was sold at auction by Sotheby’s for $1.3 million. Its current valued is approximately $3 million.

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