Diamonds embellish our world in so many different colors, each suiting someone’s unique taste and personality. You certainly have one diamond color you consider “favorite”, don’t you? Not surprisingly, some of them are universally appealing, a characteristic that makes them colossally popular in the fine jewelry industry. White diamonds, for example, are particularly admired in luxury jewelry, thanks to their incredible brilliance that works as the icing on the cake of all style trends. In this article, you will find everything you need to know about them to become a well-informed consumer.
1. “WHITE” DOES NOT MEAN “COLORLESS”
Most of the time, white diamonds are referred to as “colorless”, a category that represents the “D-to-Z” color grading scale by GIA. The actual truth is that colorless diamonds do not feature any presence of color, including white. Therefore, they are often described metaphorically as “drops of pure water”. Colorless diamonds are extremely rare and expensive. Not everyone can afford buying a jewelry piece adorned with a diamond in this color range. As for white diamonds, they are not part of this color spectrum; they are considered “a sum of all diamond hues”, ranging from red to violet.
Cushion-Cut Fancy White Diamond
2. HOW A DIAMOND BECOMES WHITE?
Of course, the big question is how a diamond specimen gets a milky white appearance? Gemologist blame it on the presence of tiny inclusions that are hard to detect even by using a microscope. These inclusions make the light pass through the stone in a scattered fashion, thus giving it that one-of-a-kind milky white look. The origin of these submicroscopic inclusions is not specified yet, although in some gemological reports they are said to be a result of the presence of nitrogen into the diamond’s carbonic structure.
Sometimes, this diamond variety is also described as “opalescent”, based on the opalescence phenomenon which results in reflecting a pearly light from the stone’s interior. Opalescence is more likely to occur in gemstones rather than diamonds. The flashes of white color are best seen when the stone is viewed with the face up.
Oval-Cut Fancy White Diamond
3. CAN WHITE DIAMONDS BE CALLED “FANCY”?
The category of fancy diamonds includes specimens that occur in any other color but colorless. Here, we have diamonds colored in pink, purple, red, canary yellow, orange, green, blue, black, chameleon and argyle. White diamonds are another member of the fancy diamond family and they are classified as “Fancy White”. What makes them different from the other fancy diamonds is that their color grade is not measured by saturation nor clarity, as they are naturally intensely clouded.
Heart-Shaped Fancy White Diamond
4. WHERE WHITE DIAMONDS ARE SOURCED FROM?
It is popularly known that the biggest diamond supply in the jewelry industry comes from Australia, Russia and South Africa. When it comes to the white-colored ones, they are exclusively found in one single place on the planet - Panna Mines in India. Panna diamonds are high-prized and they are classified as “first, Motichul, clear and brilliant”. These mines are located in the Panna district and they are under the protection of the National Mineral Development Corporation of India.
Round Fancy White Diamond
5. WHERE TO FIND WHITE DIAMONDS?
Due to the scarcity of white diamonds, they are, unfortunately, not used in commercial jewelry. In other words, they cannot be found on the wholesale jewelry market. The most likely places to see or acquire a white diamond are museums and auctions. Even there, you have to be extremely lucky to come across a one such sample and be able to afford it.