Green diamonds are extremely rare. They, like other colored diamonds, are formed when they are exposed to natural radiation in the diamond’s host rock. The radiation damages the crystal composition of the rock and causes selective absorption. The radiation, however, does not usually affect the entire diamond. That is why most green diamonds are very expensive. When a green diamond is cut the green color usually comes off since it is usually only the top portion that is green. That is how the experts can classify different green diamonds and this is how they are rated as far as the clarity and their value.
Some diamonds, such as the famous Dresden Green Diamond which is a light “apple green” color and weighs approximately 40 karats, are said to be internally flawless. It was named after Dresden, the capital of Saxony. It was purchased in the 1700s by Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony and originated in India.
In 1768 the Dresden Green Diamond was integrated into a very valuable hat ornament that was surrounded by 2 large and 411 medium-sized and smaller diamonds. In 2000, American jeweler Harry Winston displayed the diamond at his store in New York City and then at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. It was displayed alongside the Hope Diamond, which is the largest blue diamond in the world.
The stone of the Dresden Green Diamond is unique to other green diamonds because of its exposure to radioactive materials. This diamond has been used in experiments comparing natural diamonds to ones that were created in a laboratory. This result of this experiment had scientists hoping they could find a way to be able to test diamonds in order to differentiate between naturally green diamonds, which are very rare, to those produced in a laboratory.
Green diamonds are beautiful and can be the centerpiece for any kind of jewelry. They are very rare and as a result are very expensive. If a green diamond is affordable and you can make one part of your jewelry collection it would be a wonderful thing to own. It would make an excellent gift for that special person, whether it is added to a gold bracelet, a pair of earrings or a ring surrounded by smaller, clear diamonds. A person would be considered very lucky to own one of these most precious gems because it is not something you see every day.