Green diamonds are among some of the rarest in the world. A natural result of radiation deep within the earth, this particular shade of diamond takes billions of years to develop, traveling to the earth’s surface through volcanic pipes, being exposed to uranium and other radioactive minerals along the way. Once they do surface, they take an incredible degree of skill to cut and polish; too much heat can be detrimental to the stone.
While uncommon, green diamonds have been around for hundreds of years. The first mention in 1722, and perhaps the most prominent green diamond, is the Dresden Green, which has been on display in the Green Vault in Dresden, Germany for over 200 years. At 41 carats, the Dresden Green is credited as the largest known in the world. And, unlike most green diamonds, it exhibits a deep green throughout the stone, not just at its surface.
Beyond their rarity and undeniable beauty, green diamonds are also believed to symbolize fertility and vitality. Incorporating a color associated with spring, they also represent new beginnings. It’s no wonder, then, that Ben Affleck professed his love to Jennifer Lopez (in their very public relationship) with an exquisite 8.5 ct. green stone. And, it’s not surprising that green stones are now trending. Everyone may want one, but very few can feasibly attain one. Below, we’ve sourced some of the most exceptional green diamond rings out there—and with a stone so rare, it wasn’t an easy task!
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