Queen of Color Diamonds

Where fascination and education about Natural Fancy Colored Diamonds meet

Month: August, 2013

Fancy Colored Diamond Program at American Institute of Diamond Cutting

I am currently registered and on the waitlist to study with the one and only Mr. Stephen Hofer, author of the book “Collecting and Classifying Colored Diamonds”.

So excited!

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New Name for Fancy Color Diamonds?

If you have been following my blog you may have noticed that I’ve changed the  name from “Queen of Colored Diamonds” to “Queen of Color Diamonds”.  The reason for this is that there seems to have been a shift in the nomenclature with regards to diamonds of color.

For as long as I can recall, diamonds with color originating from nature, have always been referred to as “Natural Fancy Colored Diamonds”.

However, I have been noticing of late that industry leaders such as GIA, the NCDIA (Natural Color Diamond Association) and prominent diamond dealers, companies, journalists etc. are now calling these precious gems “Natural Color Diamonds”.

This makes a lot of sense actually.  As the diamond industry evolves ,so does terminology.   And as research and advancements in technology continue to grow, so does the industry of treated diamonds and this too requires updated terminology.

HPHT or high pressure/high temperature  diamonds are becoming increasingly popular and harder to detect, so there needs to be a way to differentiate between natural diamonds of color and synthetic or treated diamonds with color –  hence the term “color diamonds”.

Natural diamonds contain color, whereas treated diamonds have been colored to look like natural color.

And even though this terminology is not new in the industry at all, it just seems to have become a permanent and universal way to describe diamonds of natural color origin.  I think it gives more respect to the diamonds to refer to them in this way, and I for one will use the term “color diamonds”  proudly.