Most people buy diamonds as a symbol of love, to show depth and strength of feelings; for somebody who is very important in their lives be it parents or beloved ones; for yourself as an award of success. Purchasing a diamond is one of the great ways to express such qualities as beauty, rarity and eternity.
But there is another reason why you should buy a diamond - it is one of the most profitable investments. For the last ten years colored diamonds have risen in price over 1000%. According to future forecasts not only fancy colored gemstones will rise in price but also colorless diamonds.
How is the price of precious stones formed?
The price for a diamond depends on its key characteristics known as 4Cs: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat. Rare diamonds of the highest color and clarity characteristics (D-F; IF-VVS2) are the most attractive for the investments. The optimal weight for such stones is 1-5 carats and the most tempting form is round. Prices for such stones can reach the value of several hundred thousand US dollars per 1 carat and even higher. The heavier the stone the more value it has because of its uniqueness and rareness - the most important factors in price formation.
However, fancy colored gemstones like pink, yellow or red are also on the peak of popularity. Less than 1 percent of all diamonds mined in the world are colored. Diamonds of the very intense colors grew three times faster in price then less intense colored gemstones. For example, for 15 years colored diamonds have increased in price by more than 4.5 times. The champion among all of the stones became a Pink Star diamond sold at Sotheby's in Switzerland for 76.3 million Swiss francs ($ 83 million).
What are the pros and cons of investments in diamonds?
We have gathered information and made a list of reasons why diamonds are a good investment. Here they are:
- You have the complete control over your investment
- Constant growth in prices over 10-14% per year
- Inflation resistance - the value of diamonds is indexed weekly
- No taxes for ownership
- Compactability - it can be kept in your pocket
- Diamonds are always liquid and in demand
- Provide stability and capital growth
- A good alternative to bank deposits, real estate, and other investments
But, of course, there are some disadvantages and risks:
- Such investments do not show explosive growth
- Difficult to assess the objective value
- The likelihood of fake diamonds
- High barrier of entry
Anyway, when buying a diamond it is more important to make your own sense of purchase. And when it is beauty, love, and feeling, then it will have even more value. In that case it matters to make such investments.