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The majority of orange diamonds come from Africa. The most famous Orange diamond is the Pumpkin Diamond. The stone was originally referred to as the 'Vivid Orange' but it was bought by Ronald Winston on the day before Halloween and consequently renamed 'The Pumpkin Diamond'. The Pumpkin is a diamond measuring 5.54 carats and rated in color as Fancy Vivid Orange. The Pumpkin diamond was cut and polished by William Goldberg. In South Africa it has been a common occurrence to see orange diamonds as jewelry and this is a custom that has only recently made its way into the rest of the world.

 

 

Orange Diamonds

What exactly are Orange Diamonds? Diamonds can occur in nearly any color, though yellow and brown are by far the most common. The Orange diamond is a member of the Carbon family and is the hardest substance known. The word Diamond is derived from the Greek word "adamas" which means "hardest metal" reflecting the property of the stone. Diamonds with a detectable hue, other than yellow or brown are known as colored diamonds. If the color is strong enough, a stone may be referred to as a fancy colored diamond by the trade. There are Natural fancy color diamonds and Synthetic Color Diamonds. For more information on any of these subjects please refer to the Index.

 Definition of Diamond Color

Colored diamonds contain impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration. The most common impurity, nitrogen, causes a slight to intense yellow coloration depending upon the type and concentration of nitrogen present. Natural Orange diamonds are caused by crystal lattice defects during the formation of the diamond and the presence of Boron (B).

 

Symbolism & Meaning of Orange Diamonds

The traditional properties closely associated with diamonds are action, passion, and energy. Jewelry containing diamonds are believed to enhance relationships, increasing inner strength and provide the wearer with balance, clarity and abundance. It is believed that wearing jewelry containing a diamond will focus the energies of the precious gemstone through the gem. The color orange has a strong, traditional meaning symbolizing courage and bravery.

Orange Diamonds in Jewelry

Orange diamonds in jewelry are becoming extremely popular especially for engagement rings and as solitaires. Orange diamond earrings, bracelets, necklaces and of course engagement rings and eternity rings are the most popular types of jewelry. In 1477 Mary of Burgundy became the first known recipient of a diamond engagement ring given to her by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria and the history and tradition of the engagement ring began. 

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