In April of 2017, a diamond sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction for $71.2 million dollars. At 59.6-carats, it was certainly a large stone, but not nearly large enough to justify its record-smashing winning bid. What made this particular diamond so unique? It was pink.
The State of the Market-Trends are Changing
With the global stock market in a constant state of flux, more and more people are turning to tangible investments like real estate and treasure assets to protect their wealth. Among treasure assets, loose stones are seeing a big spike in popularity; and colored diamonds have risen to the forefront as one of the most stable and lucrative investments you can make.
So why should you consider jumping on the trend of colored stones, especially pink diamonds?
A Stable and Growing Treasure Asset
While not necessarily a new alternative, colored diamonds have been gaining traction as an investment asset all over the world, especially in recent years. More specifically, in Barclay’s Wealth’s report on 2014 investment trends, 70% of their respondents to a worldwide survey had begun investing in precious jewelry, officially making it the most popular treasure asset in the world. From then, numbers have only been rising as more and more investors possess more treasure assets than they did five years ago.
But why colored diamonds? Simply put, their rarity makes them a very stable buy. Only one diamond in every ten thousand is naturally colored, making it essentially impossible for the market to become flooded or the prices to crash by other means. And as any investor knows, a stable, long-term trend is always a good indicator of a solid investment opportunity with real potential to pay off.
Why Pink Diamonds?
Pink diamonds have seen a huge surge in interest in recent years. The main reason behind this is that they are getting more rare by the minute, and at some time in the not so distant future, they might even be finite.
The premier supplier of naturally colored pink stones is the Argyle Mine in Australia. The mine is not only responsible for producing over 90% of the world’s pink stones, it is also famous for bringing us some of the most beautiful colored stones with a hue unrivaled by any other. Unfortunately, the Argyle is nearing the exhaustion of its resources and according to official statements, it is scheduled to close in 2020 (if not earlier.)
In addition to their stability in value, diamonds have seen an increase in popularity as a tangible investment due to their ability to be easily stored and moved. As opposed to larger tangible assets such as antique furniture, classic cars, real-estate, or paintings, colored stones are highly portable and can be either stored right after purchase, or be later set in jewelry (if bought loose,) allowing you to wear and enjoy your investment.
Loose Stones or Jewelry?
Investing in jewelry may be tempting, but experts recommend purchasing loose diamonds. Like we mentioned previously, loose stones may be stored, or they may be set as wearable pieces.
Companies focusing on investment grade stones offer the most competitive prices, as well as the best quality. Investors must be wary when purchasing preset stones. Oftentimes these diamonds are selected to match the specific setting or might be set in ways that hide various imperfections, and might not have optimal cut, clarity, and saturation that would yield the highest price at an auction. Furthermore, in the case of future liquidation of your asset, loose stones seem to be easier to sell than those already set in a piece of jewelry.
A Few Final Words
Pink diamonds are a unique investment opportunity. Their rarity makes them a stable selection, and the closure of the Argyle mine is driving their price higher and higher. They’re an option worth considering for qualified investors looking for a stable treasure investment with a great chance of paying off high dividends in the future.
For more reading on colored diamonds, see the links below:
- What To Look For In A Diamond Investment
- Pink Diamonds - Year by Year Price Review
- Which Colored Diamonds Should I Invest In?
- Colored Diamonds Investment - 6 Tips You Need To Know