The alternative financial markets are typically comprised of tangible goods. Types of alternative investments include real estate, art, antique furniture, fine wines, classic cars, or even rare baseball cards and comics. While these assets may be illiquid, they are considered to hold exceptional quality and value over the long-term. One of the rarest and most sought after investments in alternative investing is that of high quality gemstones, and especially the area concerned with the acquisition of naturally colored diamonds.
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Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to gems, the rarer, the more expensive the diamond is. Their values are based on other factors including clarity and color. Red is the rarest diamond color in the world. It's so rare in fact, that it is thought that only 30 true gem quality red diamonds are known to exist.
While natural green diamonds are exceptionally rare, they have often been outperformed by their red, blue, and pink counterparts, mainly because of color preference. This “underestimation” if you would, often led to green diamonds having fewer appearances in auctions, and were viewed as stones that mostly appealed to collectors rather than serious investors.
But how does that statement hold today? Are green diamonds still only sought after collectors and gem enthusiasts or are they starting to turn the heads of more serious investors?
About five thousand years ago, diamonds were first mentioned in ancient writings. The first diamonds were gathered from alluvial deposits in Indian rivers and streams, and the diamond trade dates from that time. Fast forward to 1871, the first year that over one million carats of diamonds were mined. While most people associate diamonds with perfectly clear stones, colored diamonds are some of the oldest and most famous diamonds in history.
As diamond enthusiasts, collectors, and investors, it's only natural you want to know that you're getting exactly what you paid for. It's therefore a smart choice to always request for, and verify the authentication of your diamond’s GIA certificate upon purchase.
Whether you’re an investor, collector, or diamond enthusiast, you are well aware that the highest contributing factor for a colored diamond’s value is its hue. In this article we will be examining the difference between a color modifier and an undertone, and how the slightest distinction can have a significant effect on price.
As investors, you are constantly on the lookout for assets that show the greatest stability and potential for high returns. With the price of diamonds increasing exponentially in the last 2 decades, is there opportunity in investing in these colored stones? Can their prices rise even higher? And if yes, how much higher can they get?
In this article we will be looking at:
- How diamond rarity translates to value
- What we can learn about market demand and the industry by examining the Argyle Tender
- Final thoughts on the future of colored diamond prices
Welcome to the third and final part of our 4C series. This time we will be looking at the remaining 2 Cs, Cut and Carat weight.
With their vibrant colors and breathtaking beauty, fancy colored diamonds have long been the centerpiece at auctions and museums. There is one category of gem however, that is a bit less "prevalent"; pure black diamonds.
Once thought to be an ancient curse, black diamonds have an interesting history. Did you know any of these 10 facts about black diamonds?