Diamonds, red diamonds included, are a girl's best friend. Enhanced red diamonds have a glamor and glow not found in other red gemstones.
While the other gems are dazzling in their own right, it's difficult to compete with the style and strength of red diamond. Although natural colored diamonds are extremely rare, none are more so than the mysterious natural red diamond. Unlike other colored diamonds which derive their color from impurities, the red diamond is pure carbon, like a colorless stone. Scientists have theorized that the coloring is caused by a deformation or gap in the atomic bond between carbon atoms. Because of the rarity of the stone, the true color catalyst has not yet been proven. Natural red diamond is so rare that most jewelers have never seen them in person, and these ultra-rare beauties can fetch prices of more than seven figures per carat. The largest red diamond in the world is the Moussaieff flawless red diamond (formerly, the Red Shield). This trilliant cut gem weights 5.11 carats and was discovered in the 1990s by a Brazilian farmer.
LOCATION: Central and South Africa
Enhanced red diamond is created by modifying lighter, natural diamond to generate the deep red color. In order to obtain the desired red, the precious stone is exposed to high energy electrons at an accelerated speed to reposition the atoms. Once the process is accomplished, the diamond returns to its natural state but with the achieved color. Technology today allows gemologists to accomplish this transformation within hours, but this treatment can only be applied to premium quality stones, limiting availability to a small minority of diamonds. We source our base diamond material from Central and South Africa.