Blue diamonds are one of the rarest and most sought-after diamonds worldwide. These gems are typically found in small, isolated deposits and command high prices due to their rarity and unique color. Let’s unravel some of the mysteries surrounding blue diamonds.
What gives Blue Diamond its Color?
Although it can be shocking to find diamonds that are so beautiful and yet not manmade, blue diamonds are indeed created in nature. Like any other diamond, blue diamonds are elements of carbon fused together from intense heat and pressure over millions of years.
So, what causes the diamond to become blue? It’s the presence of the element boron! And nitrogen plays a role in determining the intensity of the blue. The diamond’s tone will be much richer if a low nitrogen content is mixed with high levels of boron.
Where are Blue Diamonds found in the world?
Very few places in the world produce blue diamonds. The only mines where blue diamonds are found are The Cullinan mine in South Africa and the Argyle mine in Australia. In the past, blue diamonds were also believed to have been developed in the Golconda mine in India.
Top-3 most famous Blue Diamonds in the world
#1. The Hope Diamond is an antique blue 45.52 carats diamond. Its first-known owner, a French gem merchant – Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, remarked that The Hope Diamond came from the Kollur mine located in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh in India.
#2. The Heart of Eternity Diamond is 27.64 carats and its color, rated as “Fancy Vivid Blue,” is mesmerizing. It was discovered in the South African Premier Diamond Mine – the world’s largest supplier of blue diamonds. As the name suggests, The Heart of Eternity Diamond has been cut into a heart shape. The Steinmetz Group were the first owners of the diamond who later sold it to the De Beers Group.
#3. Wittelsbach-Graff is an internally flawless 31.06 carats fancy deep-blue diamond. The Wittelsbach diamond was first mounted on the crown of the King of Bavaria until 1918. Graff bought it at a record price of $23.4 million in 2008. Today, the estimated cost of the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond is a whopping $80 million!
Explore Popular Blue Diamond Jewelry Pieces
Blue diamonds are a popular choice for jewelry, especially engagement rings. They are also often used in earrings and necklaces.
Due to their rarity, blue diamond jewelry can be expensive, however you can always explore many attractive and affordable options available during our Luxury Jewelry Network’s online shopping shows, every Wednesday and Friday at 4:30pm PST on Facebook Live.
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