Purple Diamonds

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Rare Purple Diamonds

While purple diamonds are not as rare as some of the other colors like red, pink, or blue, a single pure purple color stone is quite hard to come by. The majority of these diamonds are found with overtone colors. In the last six years, we’ve only had one reader purchase a purple diamond with no secondary hue. There was nothing to be found on the market, but the reader managed to snare one after contacting Leibish & Co directly who had one from an Argyle tender.

Secondary Colors for Purple Diamonds

The most common secondary colors for purple diamonds are pink, pinkish, and grayish. There are also some purple stones found with red and brown overtone colors as well.

A fancy vivid purple placed next to a fancy vivid purplish red diamond

Secondary colors will just about always take away from the overall value of the stone. The only real exception is with a purplish pink stone. These diamonds are considered just as valuable as a straight pink like this 0.79 intense pink purple diamond.

However, when the purple is the main color it doesn’t work the same. A straight purple is still priced more per carat than a pinkish purple is.

Purple Diamonds Origin

Most purple diamonds come from Australia, specifically the Argyle mine where the majority of the world’s pink diamonds are produced. Additional locations include Russia, Canada, and the Amazon.

Cause of the Purple Color

The presence of an impurity within the compound element of the diamond is what generally gives color diamonds their hues. In the case of purple diamonds, an unusual amount of hydrogen within the stone, and the way it is formed within the crystal is what causes the purple coloring.

Purple Diamond Intensity Levels

Purple diamonds appear in several color intensity levels. They include light, fancy light, fancy, fancy intense, fancy vivid, and fancy deep. Color enhanced purple diamonds will often display a higher saturation and an orange fluorescence.

Different intensities of purple diamonds

Names for Purple Diamonds

Some diamond colors are known, often quite fondly, by other names. For instance, brown diamonds also go by chocolate, cognac, and champagne diamonds depending on their color intensity level.

Intense yellow diamonds are known as canary diamonds and deep orange diamonds can be called pumpkin diamonds.

Purple diamond nicknames aren’t as ‘official’ and don’t go as hand-in-hand as they do with other colors as well. However, if you hear any of these names thrown around, nine times out of ten you are dealing with a purple stone: plum diamonds, orchid diamonds, lilac diamonds, lavender diamonds, mauve diamonds, and grape diamonds.

Famous Purple Diamonds

The most famous pure purple diamond is the Royal Purple Heart. This heart-shaped beauty is 7.34 carats in size and displays an I-1clarity. It is a vivid purple and the largest of its kind to exist. The stone originated in Russia and was cut by the Julius Klein Diamond Corporation.

Another famous purple diamond is the Supreme Purple Star. There is not much information available about this diamond but it seems to display a vivid purplish red color. It is believed to have originated from the Amazon and last made an appearance in London in 2002.


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