Green diamonds are among the rarest in the world. A natural result of radiation deep within the earth, this particular grade 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 surface, they require an incredible degree of skill to cut and polish; too much heat can be detrimental to the stone.
Although rare, green diamonds have been around for hundreds of years. The first mention in 1722, and perhaps the most important green diamond, is Dresden greenwhich was exhibited 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 features a deep green throughout the stone, not just on 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 a new beginning. It’s no wonder then that Ben Affleck declared his love to Jennifer Lopez (in their very public relationship) with an exquisite 8.5 ct. green stone. And it is not surprising that green stones are now in fashion. Everyone can want one, but very few can achieve one. Below we’ve found some of the most exceptional green diamond rings on the market – and with such a rare stone, it was no easy task!
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