Diamond is the birthstone of April and is the given gift of the 10th, 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. Of course, many people hope to receive a Diamond engagement ring. The gem features a cubic crystal system. As well as their most well-known appearance of beautiful bright white, natural Diamonds have been found in yellow, green, blue, orange, red, pink, purple, brown, grey and black. There are also methods to enhance white Diamonds with color, which are much more affordable and allow a greater number of people to enjoy a rainbow of hues in this fiery gem.
Historic significance of Diamonds:
Diamond is a gemstone made of pure, native crystallized carbon. The oldest Diamonds are believed to be almost 3.5 billion years old. Many Diamonds began their journey 500 million years ago, and even the youngest Diamonds are believed to have formed over 100 million years ago. They crystallize when carbon is put under the immense pressure of around 725,000 pounds of pressure per square inch and at a temperature ranging from 900 to 1,300 degrees Celsius.
As we’ve touched on already, for these conditions to occur naturally it is believed that Diamonds were created some 90 to 120 miles beneath the Earth’s crust. This means that they actually form while still inside the mantle, an area deep within the earth that is made up of hot flowing magma. The only other valuable gem on the planet to crystallize under these hostile conditions is Peridot.
Interrelation between Diamond and precious gems
In the gem world, more people are employed in mining and cutting Diamonds than for any other gemstone. Diamond grading is very important too, and it’s essential to maintain a robust grading system to protect fair Diamond pricing. A lot of people think that the clarity of Diamonds is the only deciding factor on the value of Diamonds, but there’s a little more to it than that. In fact, the quality of the gem’s color, clarity, and cut are more tightly measured than for any other gemstone. Importantly, the value of similar Carat weights of Diamonds can vary dramatically based on their Color, Clarity, and Cut. These 4Cs make up the grading system against which Diamonds are measured, and although there are various standards used across the globe, that of the Gemological Institution of America (GIA) is the most widely used. Our Diamond graders assess the potential of each Diamond before the design team creates jewelry to showcase their beauty. Our Diamond sorters examine these Diamonds by hand for any visible inclusions or color variations against the GIA’s recognized grading scales.
Diamond is such a hard gemstone that it can only be cut by other Diamonds, and although they are extremely hard they are also quite brittle, making them one of the more difficult gems for lapidaries to shape. Are Diamonds formed when coal is compressed? It’s a very popular myth and they are both indeed different forms of carbon, but coal tends to sit just a couple of miles under the surface of the earth and Diamonds form much much lower and in very different, much harsher conditions. Are Diamonds rare? Well, any gem-quality mineral is by definition rare, but among gemstones, Diamond is actually one of the most common.
The complete synopsis associated with the history of Diamonds:
You may have always thought of Diamonds as a colorless gem, but a rainbow of beautiful colors is possible. In fact, laboratories use a list of 27 different color variations to describe Diamond’s color. These colors are all caused by different things – from different impurities in the gem to distortion in the gem’s crystal lattice structure. Black Diamonds, on the other hand, are believed to have come from outer space! Colored Diamonds are some of the most highly valued gemstones on earth and sparkle with a rainbow of vivid beauty. Some of the most treasured Diamonds on the planet are colored, including the most famous gem of all – the blue Hope Diamond. Normally, if an auction company breaks its in-house record for the sale of a Diamond, it will be for a colored stone. Popularity has grown for these Diamonds in recent years, thanks in part to Australia’s Argyle mine, which brought champagne and cognac Diamonds to the market. Demand for colored Diamonds is increasing and Bijaar brings the full spectrum of these Diamonds at affordable price points.
Gist about the Discovery of Diamonds:
Gemstones are as old as time and in the years since their first discovery they’ve picked up a lot more than adoring collectors and fascinated mineralogists. Many have gained stories regarding their legend, lore and healing properties, and whilst there’s no evidence to suggest that any of these properties are real, it’s still interesting to explore the esoteric side of Mother Nature’s miracles. It’s worth asking ourselves, “If you truly believe in something, does that mean it’s true”? Scientifically, the answer is no, but what about on a more personal, spiritual level? If you really truly believe that an item in your house is having an effect on you, are you more likely to feel that effect? It’s really not for us to say, but it’s a very interesting concept that deserves further research. Once again though, we must point out though that no studies have ever found any therapeutic effects or properties in gemstones, and the following is for your information only.
Those who consider Diamond a spiritual stone see it as a representation of perfection. Its sheer strength has earned its associations with invincibility, courage, and strength. Diamond is thought to encourage open-mindedness and strengthen one’s imagination and creativity. Perhaps its place as the gemstone of choice for engagement rings was rooted in the fact that it has been associated with innocence, faithfulness and of course love. Diamond is also associated with the zodiac sign Aries.
We are all diamonds in the rough. A diamond is nothing more than a clump of carbon, coal that refused to give in to pressure. We can learn so much about life by studying diamonds. They were first discovered in India in the 9th century BC in India. Over a millennium later, they found their way into medieval European markets – and into the crowns of nobility. Diamonds are the hardest known natural. But what makes the diamond so strong is also what makes it so intriguingly beautiful. Intense heat and pressure cause carbon to crystalize over the course of billions of years. Formed deep within the earth’s mantle, diamonds are brought to the earth’s surface during violent pressure and change.
God uses the intensity of crisis and the force of adversity to rid us of every impurity that would otherwise both weaken our spiritual strength and cause us to jump ship and seek mediocrity. When you finally emerge from the very darkest, crushing, breaking experiences in your life, you emerge the strongest and the brightest you’ve ever been.