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Pink Diamond Rings: A Guide

by Haley Anhut
Last updated on August 22, 2023
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Taking your relationship to the next level can be intimidating, but when you find the perfect engagement ring, it is all worth it.

Choosing a diamond is about setting the tone for a relationship and giving a visual to the emotions you harbor deep inside.

Diamonds are a universal symbol of purity. They represent commitment and promise between two individuals. Choosing a pink diamond ring will express how unique and beautiful your relationship is. 

What Are Pink Diamonds?

Relatively obvious, given the name, a pink diamond is a diamond that has a pink hue. Chemical impurities cause other colors in the stone’s composition, but this isn’t the case with a pink stone.

Pink diamonds can come in different hues and tones, so it’s vital that you like the coloring of a specific gemstone for your jewelry.

Gemologists haven’t been able to crack the code of pink coloring; however, impurities aren’t to blame for their color. Some theories attribute massive amounts of pressure during formations or exposure to seismic shocks that altered the original molecular structure. Whatever the cause, pink diamonds are the rarest of colored diamonds, except for red diamonds.

Where Do Pink Diamonds Come From?

These rare-colored diamonds were often found in the Western Australia Argyle diamond mine, but this mine has since closed. Because they could only be found in this mine, fancy pink diamonds were nicknamed argyle pink diamonds.

Now, pink stones come from mines in Canada, South Africa, India, and Russia. However, pink diamonds can also grow in a lab. This is an environmentally conscious approach to creating stunning stones for jewelry like an engagement ring.

Pink Diamond Engagement Rings

If you want something more unique than colorless diamonds, consider pink diamond engagement rings.

A pink diamond ring can be a romantic gift and is a favorite of royalty and celebrities. Many choose to set their rare diamond in rose gold to flush the lovely gem’s color further.

When looking at fancy pink diamonds for your engagement ring, try to narrow down where you want the pink diamonds to shine. You can choose a pink diamond center stone, a pink diamond halo, or tiny pink diamonds surrounding another diamond.

Where to Buy Fancy Pink Diamonds

Though you have many options when searching for the perfect diamond, your search should always start with a reputable vendor. Online vendors should have high-quality photos, clearly identified grades, and the option to purchase ethically sourced stones without the added pressure you might receive in-store.

Don’t get caught up in the rush of emotions and forge ahead with the lowest price tag. Beautiful, pure diamonds should always be your goal.

Natural Pink Diamonds

Pink diamonds are popular, but due to the rarity of natural pink diamonds, they can be hard to find. Engagement rings set with pink diamonds are rare for this reason, but the interest in them over centuries has not faded.

Lab Grown Pink Diamonds

With lab grown options growing, you can now find the perfect pink diamond for your pink diamond engagement ring without prolonging your engagement or breaking the bank. By going lab grown, you will have the best prices and the most choice between pink diamonds.

How Are Pink Diamonds Graded?

Like all diamonds, pink diamonds receive grades based on their quality and authenticity. This way you’ll know the exact characteristics of your diamond. It also helps when shopping to know the quality of the diamond.

Intensity Levels

Diamonds have different rating scales, and pink diamonds are graded according to the strength and intensity of color. While there is the primary hue of pink, these diamonds could have secondary overtones in orange, brown, or purple. The scale defined by the Gemological Institute of America grades pink diamonds as follows:

1. Faint
2. Very Light
3. Light
4. Fancy Light
5. Fancy
6. Fancy Intense
7. Fancy Vivid, Fancy Dark, or Fancy Deep

These grades function as a range, so each grade level isn’t an exact coloring. A pink diamond’s color can be tough to nail down across this scale without an expert. Its color may even be disputed, as is the case with many fancy colored diamonds. 


Carats are the weight measurement of diamonds and refer to the actual weight of the stone. One carat is equal to about .02 grams–about the same as an office paperclip. 

Carats are ranked on a scale of 100 points. For example, a 50-point gemstone would be equal to .50 carats.

Always make sure you’ve considered some lab produced pink diamonds when searching for an affordable alternative.


The secondary colors of a pink diamond can impact the price of the stone. The more pure the tone, the more expensive it will be. 

The secondary colors of pink diamonds can be orange, brown, or purple, resulting in some fabulous color combinations. The secondary color can make a stone more favorable. Because of this, the value of an orange-pink diamond or a purplish-pink diamond increases. Many people prefer the unique look of tones like purple or brown, and in addition to the visual difference, the variety in clarity results in a lower-priced stone.

Pink Diamond Cost & Price Points

You can’t put a price tag on love or the lifetime of pleasure the right diamond ring, necklace, or other piece of jewelry will bring to your special someone. We understand that an engagement ring is an investment. That’s why Clean Origin offers some of the most affordable options for buying diamonds.

The Most Expensive Pink Diamonds

High-quality red and pink mined diamonds are the most expensive natural-colored diamonds that money can buy. The rating and size of your pink diamond ring determine the cost. For example, the Graff Pink diamond, a 24.78-carat pink diamond rated as “fancy intense,” was auctioned for $46.2 million. At the time, it was called one of the most extraordinary diamonds ever.

Clean Origin supplied Riverdale actress Camila Mendes with a record-setting 5.01-carat radiant-cut lab grown pink diamond ring for the 2018 People’s Choice Awards that is now for sale for $175,000

Buying a Pink Diamond

Even if you don’t have the money to spend on a large pink diamond, buying a typical pink diamond can be very affordable. The price of pink diamonds ranges significantly depending on size and quality. You can save even more by choosing a lab grown pink diamond.

Lab created fancy diamonds are an affordable option if you want to impress the love of your life. You get the same brilliance, clarity, and beauty without all the negatives of diamond sourcing.

Know How To Choose a Setting

The brilliant hue of pink diamonds creates stunning engagement rings. Your personal preference for an engagement ring setting comes into play when deciding which way to showcase the magnificent stone. You may want a classic setting or something more unique.

Here are some tips to enhance the eye-catching qualities of fancy diamonds:

Three-Stone Setting

Flank your pink diamond with side stones to enhance the size and sparkle of the center stone. Three stone is an ideal setting for diamonds that are less than .50 carat.

Halo Setting

In this setting, your pink diamond’s size and color are enhanced with a circle of smaller stones or brilliant. They can either share the same cut as the center stone or have a varied shape.

Double Halo Setting

To really make the center pink diamond appear more significant, a double halo setting is a tiered or double layer of accent stones around the center stone.

Classic Solitaire Setting

For a large-carat pink diamond, you can highlight the gorgeous color in a stand-alone solitaire setting.

Choosing the Right Metal Type

The metal you pair with your diamond affects how it will look overall. How you want your color intensity to appear is up to you. No matter what your fancy color, the diamond will be a beauty.

Rose Gold

Unlike other fancy-colored diamonds, a pink diamond has a perfect metal pairing for its setting: rose gold.

Rose gold is a lovely alloy that combines all the strength and durability of yellow or white gold with the flushed hue of a pink diamond. 

When selecting the material for your pink diamond ring, we love rose gold. It can infuse a fancy light pink diamond with more color and bring out the fire in a fancy intense pink diamond.

Other Metals

You can play around with different metals to achieve different looks. A white gold or platinum setting is also a great option for a clean look.

Cool-toned metals can enhance blue diamonds but take a lot of the pink out of a fancy light pink diamond. On the other hand, a yellow gold setting can make a fancy orange-pink diamond much more orange-toned!

Talk to an Expert Before Buying a Pink Diamond Ring

Fancy-colored diamond experts understand the nuances of diamond colors and can pair them with the best metals for jewelry. They can help you achieve the perfect style for your pink diamond ring.

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