Diamonds: Color-Enhanced Diamonds Make Colored Diamonds (More) Affordable


Fancy Fee

Given the soaring prices that colored diamonds have achieved at auction, the fancy colored rocks would seem out of range for most consumers. But thanks to some of the industry’s major manufacturers, consumers now have access to a rainbow of color-enhanced diamonds that are grown in a lab or irradiated or high-­pressure, high-temperature–treated (HPHT) to change their color. The cost reduction compared with natural-color diamonds can be enormous—so long as you remember that disclosure is the law.

Earrings in 18k gold with 4.1 cts. t.w. color-enhanced diamonds; $10,465; Bochic, NYC; 212-632-1700; Ring in 14k Vanilla Gold and 1.04 cts. t.w. natural-color Chocolate and Vanilla Diamonds and color-enhanced Iced Blueberry Diamonds; $4,047; Le Vian, Great Neck, N.Y.; 877-253-8426;

Stud earrings in 18k rose gold, $3,400,


Wonder Bar

Suzanne Kalan’s fireworks- and sparkler-inspired diamond stud earrings breathe new life into a staple thanks to her use of bar-shape diamonds. Baguette cuts compose Kalan’s 20-SKU collection of 18k styles in pink, white, and yellow gold with colorless and champagne stones. Retail prices range from $600 to $4,200.

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