The Chameleon

What do green diamonds say about you?  If you enjoy living things and nature, and if you are drawn toward the traits of harmony and serenity, then naturally green diamonds are a good choice for you.  Unlike some other fancy colored diamonds, the green color is not caused by the presence of other minerals such as nitrogen or boron.  Natural green diamonds get their color from the presence of radiation, perhaps in uranium, when the diamond is being formed.

Green diamonds are one of the rarest of all fancy colored diamonds, and are not usually very large.  Green diamonds, depending on the uniformity of color within the diamond, a green diamond may have another name as well– chameleon diamond.  Chameleon diamonds have different shades of green within the same diamond, such as apple green and olive green, and may also have yellow and gray in the mix as well.  When subjected to heat or dark storage, different hues intensify, temporarily changing the overall color of the diamond.  The ability to change color led to the name chameleon diamond.

Precise Cutting and Shaping

Green diamonds are seldom uniformly green.  The green diamond may have been exposed to radiation at different levels for different parts of the diamond, resulting in pockets of more intense color.  When cutting and shaping a rough green diamond, care must be taken to maximize the area where the diamond is most saturated with color.  With natural green diamonds, the expertise of the diamond cutter and polisher will affect the quality of the finished gemstone significantly.

Fancy shapes are the most common for green diamonds, and often more than one smaller diamond will be cut from a single larger green diamond.  Planning the diamond cuts carefully in this way produces green diamonds saturated with the available color.  Very often a radiant cut is the most ideal for showing off the green in a natural green diamond.

The Green Color Scale

Color grades for green diamonds cover a broad spectrum of color intensity: faint green, light green, fancy green, fancy intense green, fancy vivid green and fancy deep green.  Green diamonds often have secondary colors, such as orange, causing either a warm or cool tone to the diamond.  The tone does not affect the value of the diamond, and choosing either a warm or cool green diamond is a matter of personal preference.  This is a very different scale than the diamond color grading used for colorless stones.

Because each green diamond is so unique in color composition compared to other green diamonds, and since cutting green diamonds requires high expertise, it is difficult to give a price scale for the range of green color grades.  Each green diamond is priced individually.  As a point of reference, a one carat fancy green diamond may sell for $60,000-$125,000.  A one carat fancy intense green diamond may then sell for $125,000 and up.

Famous Green Diamonds

The most famous green diamond is the Dresden Green, a 40.70 carat pear shaped diamond with a uniform emerald green color.  It belonged to the royal family of Saxony (Germany) and is part of their crown jewels collection.  The Dresden Green is set in a hat clasp with two white brilliant diamonds, and is on display at the Albertinium Museum in Dresden, Germany.

Check out these other natural colored diamonds:

Natural Brown Diamonds
Natural Black Diamonds
Natural Pink Diamonds
Natural Red Diamonds
Natural Blue Diamonds
Natural Yellow Diamonds

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