All About Rare Fancy Green Diamonds

Most people have never even heard of fancy green diamonds, let alone laid eyes on one, simply because they are so rare. Officially the second rarest color, green diamonds are unique because their formation process is different to that of any other fancy color. Of course true greens without secondary colors are most valued in the diamond world, but green diamonds come in many different shades and hues. The many shades of green are reminiscent of the varied green tones found in nature, with sea colored bluish-green, apple green, and khaki green, to name just a few.


Only a handful of green diamonds are mined each year in different places, such as Brazil, Africa, Australia and Siberia. There is no prime source for them due to their extreme rarity.

Cause of Color

Unlike any other fancy color, the green coloring in these beautiful diamonds is a result of their exposure to radiation while they are forming miles under the surface of the earth. True green diamonds are undoubtedly the most desirable of the green family, with a range of eight color-saturation grades from the GIA, from Faint and Very Light Green, all the way to Fancy Vivid and Fancy Deep Green.

Green diamonds are much more commonly found possessing secondary hues and colors. These green diamonds can be just as stunning as their true green counterparts, albeit slightly less rare and valuable. The most common secondary colors are yellow, grey, and blue. This results in green diamonds that are yellowish green, grayish green, bluish greens, as well as all different combinations of all the above.

The natural radiation that creates these fancy green diamonds is quite simple to replicate in a lab. For this reason it is very difficult, even for experts, to differentiate between a natural green diamond and one that was synthetically irradiated. That’s why it is so crucial that any green diamond that you purchase comes along with certification from a reputable laboratory to verify its origin and natural color.

Famous Green Diamonds

The Dresden Green Diamond is the largest, and most significant green diamond ever discovered, possessing a host of qualities that distinguish this stone as a true masterpiece. The 40.70-carat wonder was found near Golconda, India, in 1722. The official GIA report details a pear shape, Very Slight Included (VS) diamond with a stunning natural green color. While naturally occurring green diamonds are very rare, one of this intense color and clarity is even more so. The diamond, an irregular pear shape cut, has 58 facets and is housed in the Albertinium Museum in Dresden, Germany. This diamond rests peacefully in a luxurious diamond studded hat ornament that was created in 1768, in its home in Dresden, the capital of Saxony in Germany.

Another one-of-a-kind green diamond is the Ocean Green Diamond, which packs a powerful punch for its meager 5.51 carats. The Ocean Dream is the only diamond known to possess a natural blue-green color, and is hence one of the rarest stones in the world. In fact, this color is so improbable that the GIA carried out unique color testing on this stone to ensure that this is indeed its natural color and not the result of synthetic enhancement.

Investing in Green Diamonds

Investing in a fancy green diamond is the natural choice for anyone who is able to afford such a luxurious and exclusive stone. Green diamonds only get rarer as time moves on, and their exquisite beauty makes them ideal for heirloom quality rings, pendants and earrings.

Consider investing in a fancy green diamond today, and allow VMK to make the process as smooth and simple as possible!

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