Three tips for buying color treated diamond jewelry

  • 1. Color enhanced diamonds are less expensive, so check that your diamond jewelry’s price reflects this.
  • 2. Choose a HPHT treated diamond color that you love with your entire heart because the color last forever.
  • 3. Be aware of the care instructions of colored diamond jewelry made with irradiated diamonds.
  • Color Enhanced Diamond Jewelry

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    Natural fancy colored diamonds are extremely rare and very expensive and only worn by the superrich. Luckily for the rest of us, color enhanced diamonds are just as beautiful and vibrant but also much more affordable. Reputable jewelers will always point out that their diamond jewelry is made with treated colored diamonds.

    The HPHT (high pressure high temperature) diamond color enhancement process takes place in a controlled environment inside a laboratory. The chemical composition of natural diamonds with a high clarity are changed and the result is beautiful vibrant colored diamonds. The treated color of HPHT diamonds is permanent.

    Irradiated colored diamonds were exposed to radiation that re-arrange the position of the diamonds’ atoms and change its color. The color is usually permanent but can be influenced by temperatures over 900ºF (450ºC). Mention to your jeweler that your color enhanced diamond jewelry is irradiated when you have it resized because the heat of a blowtorch can influence the color.