In today’s post we will have a closer look at diamonds and what they are actually all about!

Diamonds have long been valued for their hardness and incredible brilliance. Diamond jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a diamond ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. Unparalleled hardness and brilliance has earned diamond the right to be the world’s most famous and desired gemstone.

Diamond luster is greater than that of other gemstones, due both to its high refractive index, and its exceptional hardness. It is in fact the only gemstone capable of scratching corundum.

So let’s have a look at the facts:

Birthstone:  Diamond is the birthstone of Aries: March   21 – April 19.

Wedding anniversary:  Diamond is the anniversary gemstone for the 30th and 60th year of marriage.

The name’s origin:  Diamond derives its name from the Greek word adamas, which means “invincible”.

Color: Diamonds are usually colorless. However, brown, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, red, gray and black variations are also found depending on the impurities present.

Shopping guide:  If you want a nice diamond be prepared to pay a nice price. Low price means low quality. Be aware of numerous imitations of diamonds: cubic zirconia, synthetic moissianite, synthetic rutile, strontium titanate, colorless topaz, colorless sapphire, and many others. Scratching glass is useless test as many imitations made of quartz, which also scratches glass. Consult a professional, independent retail jeweler to insure you are getting the real thing.

Hardness: 10

Healing ability: Mary, Queen of Scots had a large diamond she thought protected her from poisoning (she was beheaded). Alternately there are treatises that speak of it’s ability to poison.

Mystical power: They also believe diamonds to be “amplifiers” and no woman should wear more than 1 carat total weight of diamonds, and then, only in accent to other stones. They believe the stone’s power is directly proportional to it’s size. Any diamond showing hints or tinges of red is said to bring ruin upon the wearer and his household. Diamonds have been used as crown jewels for centuries–many of the European Crown Jewels were taken from India. Many fearful legends surround the largest diamonds, for instance the Hope Diamond. Thought to have been stolen from an Indian idol, it became part of the French crown jewels of Louis XIV.

Deposits: Diamonds are mostly found in Australia, Ghana, Zaire, Russia, USA (Arkansas, California, Colorado, and North Carolina), and Brazil.

Diamonds are a nowadays particularly use a lot for engagement rings. Engagement rings used to be normal rings without any diamonds but recently more than 50% of all engagement rings turn out to be diamond engagement rings!

Not a bad development for the diamond industry :)

If you want to know more about diamonds you will have to inform yourself properly especially if you want to buy a high quality diamond.

We recommend you go and check out the Pricescope Forum in case you have any questions about diamonds. It is a community full of jewelry professionals that are dedicated to answering any questions that you might have and we really recommend it to make a great purchasing decision.

Other than that you can always reach out to us and we will help you as well!