White or colorless diamond: is there a difference?
Let’s take a look at what classic near-color stones are. Let’s imagine a glass of plain water. The liquid can be completely colorless or slightly tinted. This is how the diamonds familiar to everyone look like.
Now let’s think about what happens if we pour a large portion of milk into a glass with a small amount of water? The resulting liquid will be very similar in color to a white diamond.
Classic diamonds are transparent. They are cut in such a way as to create from them a certain optical device (to give a faceting), which in the best way can manifest “fire”, sparkle, sparkle for the eyes of the observer. White diamonds have a milky, frosty color. These stones are opaque, they will not have a strong game (“fire”), thanks to which the classic “girls’ best friends” became famous. If you look at the stone, then from the top it will show a clear milky white color.
This color is obtained due to the high concentration of submicroscopic inclusions that are in the stone and scatter light. Their nature has not yet been fully understood and, accordingly, very interesting for scientists. The most famous examples of white diamonds were found at the Panna mine in India.
White diamonds are classified as colored. In other words, they are called “fantasy colored”.
Colored diamonds are extremely rare in nature. If we compare with colorless, the ratio will be 1 in 10,000. Due to this, the prices for such amazing diamonds are higher.
I want to note that white diamonds are unique, created by nature itself. If you suddenly saw such a stone in a museum or a shop window, you should be lucky, because they are extremely rare.