In fact, in the modern world, the market for the sale of diamonds has grown into a civilized, well-structured process. All precious stones are accompanied by an official document that has, among other things, legal significance. Diamond in the wide sale, presented in jewelry stores, depending on their category, have either a store tag or an appraisal certificate from one of the specialized companies. In Australia, reputation is valued no less than in the GIA and is highly respected, including more than one company among foreign partners.

Of course, GIA specialists have earned the greatest trust, this institution is not commercial and does not focus on the influx or absence of customers, unlike commercial organizations – such companies often overestimate the characteristics of a diamond in order to please the customer.

The most popular and expensive diamonds in the world

The mystery of these incredibly expensive diamonds will never be solved – what drives everyone who buys a stone for twice or more than the starting price of the auction? Probably, this really has the ability to control a person’s will. Let’s not argue, here, for example, Oppenheimer Blue – it is gorgeous, although not as large in comparison with other of the highest category, only 14.62 carats.

The initial cost of this luxurious blue diamond was only $ 30 million and was one third lower than the estimated one – just over $ 40 million. This did not prevent from finding a new owner for $ 57.5 million.

We agree: the diamond has the perfect combination of color with the best cut for it, excellent companions have been used.

Not every diamond is worth fabulous millions, but many of the stones are of historical value. 

The stone is named after its owner. It would be the standard of purity if exhibited in museums. Premium D color, flawless cut, giving the unusually soft shine. The archduke’s family heirloom weighs 76.02 carats and was auctioned $ 15 million in the initial cost.

The final blow of the hammer fixed the price at $ 21.48 million, and it passed into the possession of an anonymous buyer.

There are many more examples – the Pink Star Stone sold for $ 71.2 million, Orange (a gold diamond worth $ 36 million), the Princey pink diamond ($ 39.3 million), the Maria Medici diamond, and other “stars” of the jewelry catwalk. All of them are beautiful and inaccessible, as everything exceptional should be.

Diamond clarity

It is almost meaningless to evaluate color without the clarity of the stone, these parameters are interdependent, although it is very difficult to find a stone with ideal color to clarity ratios – these are expensive, rare, perfectly cut diamonds. Moreover, only a professional can give an objective assessment of this parameter. Clarity or transparency is a parameter showing how many defects a stone has and how much these inclusions affect the appearance.

As in the case of color, jewelers use the international GIA system and the Australian scale. The GIA scale assumes 11 classes, according to which defects can have different degrees of visibility, be inside, on its outer surface and, depending on the intensity and location, affect the clarity of the stone. The Australian scale, as in the case of chromaticity, is more complicated and classifies the clarity of the stone not only by the presence of inclusions but also in their relation to the weight and the number of facets.

The buyer can be guided by the simplified system for assessing the purity presented in the table.

Beautiful and affordable diamonds

Most likely, you have noticed that these are not colorless at all of the highest artistic value. But in real life, not in auction life, everything is quite the opposite, and it is white stones that do not have color or at least stones with an unexpressed shade, are used in jewelry. And they are also beautiful and charming.

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