Dream in Color with Etienne Perret
With over 35 years of experience creating the highest quality hand-crafted jewelry, Etienne is a leading designer of colored diamond jewelry worldwide. Etienne embraces the use of color enhanced natural diamonds as well as natural colored diamonds in order to provide diamond jewelry in all colors of the rainbow at prices more affordable to mainstream consumers.
It is Etienne’s goal to spread knowledge and acceptance of color enhanced natural diamonds (from here on referred to as Colored diamonds) to the general public and jewelry connoisseurs alike. Take a little time to learn about the advantages and the science behind these incredible gems. Everyone deserves to dream in color!
|Advantages of Color Enhanced Natural Diamonds
There are numerous advantages of choosing colored diamonds instead of white diamonds or other types of colored gemstones for your fine jewelry needs. Major advantages include a greater variety of available colors, better brilliance and durability, and more affordable prices.
While diamonds are naturally found in a wide variety of colors such as brown, yellow and pink, these stones are generally very dull, light shades and often prohibitively expensive. Colored diamonds are available in nearly any color, including various shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, green, blue, brown and black!
It is also much easier to obtain matching colors for applications
such as pave where consistency is vital.This allows for nearly endless color combinations and artistic freedom by creative designers like Etienne Perret.
While most colors can be found as one type of gemstone or another, no gemstone is as brilliant or durable as a diamond. That means your colored diamond jewelry will have a more stunning sparkle and be less prone to damage than any other gemstone of similar color. That said, another appealing application for colored diamonds is in birthstone jewelry. Discerning customers need not sacrifice on durability by using traditional semi-precious birthstones. Match traditional colors exactly with colored diamonds to ensure that your birthstone jewelry will last a lifetime!
In today’s economy price is often a deciding factor. Colored diamonds are almost always less expensive than natural color diamonds and often even less expensive than white diamonds! So, if price is a factor in your choice of wedding or engagement rings, it is wise to seriously consider expressing your love in color!
Contact Etienne directly to get price quotes on the exact color, size and shape colored diamond of your dreams!
For millennia, humans have altered natures bounty to suit our own refined tastes. In a world where wool is colored, cotton is bleached, hair is dyed and wood is stained, how can we suggest that gemstones should not be col
or enhanced as well?
Before one decides whether or not it is appropriate to enhance the color of nature’s greatest gift, the diamond, they must be aware of industry standards for other gemstones. Did you know that almost all sapphires and rubies are heat treated to improve color, emeralds are oiled to make their color brighter, blue topaz is irradiated from colorless to light blue, and pearls are bleached to obtain a uniform white color?
What makes the color enhancement of diamonds so special is the human ingenuity that, through decades of toil and a mastery of science, has led to today’s highly refined treatments. There are three main techniques for color treating diamonds. Irradiation, high temperature combined with high pressure, and coating. The first two methods are both respected and permanent forms of diamond color enhancement. Coating is undesirable, not permanent and will not be discussed further here.
Radiation was the first method discovered to alter the color of a diamond. Today’s techniques are highly refined and involve bombardment by subatomic particles to alter atomic structure, which activates a diamonds color center. This process is safe, leaving no residual radiation and is permanent except in cases of exposure to extremely high temperatures (over 900F).
High temperature/high pressure (HTHP) seems to be the most natural and elegant method of color enhancement. By recreating the extreme temperature and pressure conditions found inside the earth’s core, where diamonds are created naturally, it is possible to alter a diamond’s color within the laboratory. This process is completely permanent and not affected by future exposure to high temperatures.