Member: National Colored Diamond Association | Gunderson’s
Welcome to NCDIA
Gunderson's is an active member of the NCDIA, a non-profit, membership-based organization with multi-national members including mining companies, diamond and jewelry manufacturers, designers and retailers.
The NCDIA’s mission is to train, enlighten and educate the global community about natural color diamonds. Founded in 2003, NCDIA conducts dozens of programs each year from in stores to online programs. Today, NCDIA is expertly positioned to serve as an educational authority for natural color diamonds and to help expand the market for the broad spectrum of natural color diamonds available.
Vice-President of Gunderson's, is the Executive Vice-President of the NCDIA.
ITS ALL ABOUT COLOR
Natural color diamonds are true miracles of nature, formed deep within the Earth millions of years ago. Now, having found their way to the surface, they are visible for all of us to see. These gems are rare and renowned for their beauty, encompassing a wonderful palate of color including pinks, champagnes, cognacs, yellows, greens and blues, oranges and even reds.
STRENGTH OF COLOR
The strength of color is one of the most important factors in determining the value of a natural color diamond. The value of a natural color diamond increases with the intensity of the most prominent color within the diamond. In an attempt to bring some uniformity to the industry description of Natural Color Diamonds, gem analysis laboratories have developed the fancy color diamond color scale to classify the strength or intensity of a diamond's color.
The Primary Colors of Diamonds
From subtle champagnes to rich cognacs, brown diamonds are the new classic. Their golden tones make them a softer, gentler alternative to the colorless diamond, and their neutral color makes them the perfect choice for fashion jewelry with a contemporary feel.
The majority of orange diamonds come from Africa. The interest in this color surged in 1997 with the auction of the Pumpkin Diamond, so named by the buyer Ronald Winston as it was purchased the day before Halloween. The 5.54 carat vivid orange diamond, was at the time the largest vivid orange diamond ever found.
Yellow Diamonds capture the suns rays like no other gemstone. The dramatic and brilliant glow of these diamonds makes them a red carpet favorite among celebrities, and as a result, they are the most widely known of colors.
Pure green diamonds are extremely rare and highly valued, ranging from light mint greens to vivid grass greens. Only a handful of natural green diamonds are introduced into the market each year making green diamonds some of the most sought after of all natural color diamonds. The Dresden Green is the most famous green diamond. Weighing approximately 41 carats, it is often referred to as the cousin of the Hope Diamond for its historical importance.
The powerful color of the sea and the sky meet in these exceptional gems. Blue diamonds are considered extremely rare and mysterious. They range from the light blue sky of a winters day to the deep blue of the ocean. The most famous blue diamond in history is the 45 carat Hope Diamond.
Pink diamonds range from delicate pastel to deep raspberry, Pink Diamonds are the most feminine of colors and are typically associated with romance. These extremely rare diamonds have long been revered by Hollywood stars and today are the hot favorite of collectors and connoisseurs.
Virtually every color, shade and hue the mind can imagine, nature has created within a marvelous natural color diamond. The range of color varieties is almost inexhaustible. The NCDIA is committed to present, on a continuing basis, the full range of color categories expressed by these wonderful natural creations.