a piece of jewelry containing a Diamond can be quite daunting
- if you want to buy the very best that you can afford.
The most popular reason for giving a diamond is as an engagement
ring. The tradition of giving a woman an engagement ring
dates back to 1477 when Mary of Burgundy became the first
known recipient of a diamond engagement ring given to her
by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria.
much should you pay for a diamond engagement ring? One month's
salary is a good guideline. It's a lot of money to spend
on a piece of jewelry. But an engagement ring is special
- this piece of jewelry will be won every day of the recipients
life and its importance relates to the romantic tradition
and symbolism associated with giving a diamond. The potential
high cost of an engagement ring makes it important to undertake
some research into diamond jewelry.
Diamond Cuts and Shapes
When diamonds became popular as ornaments in jewelry
different techniques and styles of diamond cuts and
shapes were gradually developed. The names and descriptions
of the most famous and popular cuts are described in
this section including Brilliant Cuts, Asscher cuts,
Ideal Cuts, Emerald cuts, Rose Cuts, Princess Cuts,
Marquise Cuts, Pear Cuts, Cushion cuts, Oval cuts, Radiant
and Trilliant (Trillion Cuts).
The 4 C's to Diamonds
The 4 C's to Diamonds are the Cut, Clarity, Color and
Carat Weight all of which have a significant impact
on the cost of diamonds because these factors are all
used to value the price of a diamond. The 4 C's to Diamonds
are the Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight are defined
in detail in separate sections.
Grading of Diamonds system provides an excellent guide to
the quality of diamonds. The numbers, sizes, colors, locations
and visibility of any flaws or inclusions in a diamond can
also effect the grading and quality of a diamond.
The Clarity of Diamonds relate to exactly how clear
the diamond is. The clarity of diamonds describes the
presence, or absence, of Inclusions (flaws) within the
diamond and any blemishes on its surface.
Diamond Clarity Chart
Diamonds are graded on a Diamond Clarity Chart ranging
from high quality, rare and expensive flawless to imperfect
and cheap diamonds. This chart provides facts and information
about the grading system for diamonds.
Diamonds - Carat Weight
The Carat Weight of Diamonds is the standard unit of
measure that defines the weight of diamonds. The
size of a diamond relate to the dimensions or measurement
in terms of length, width and height.
Fluorescence of Diamonds
The Fluorescence of Diamonds is not usually desirable
in white diamonds due to the hazy, oily or cloudy effect
it has. Extremely fluorescent diamonds can usually be
purchased for 30% less than diamonds that possess no,
or slight, fluorescence.
Diamond Inclusions flaws or imperfections in diamonds
consisting of defects within the crystalline surface
of a diamond which are called inclusions. An abrasion
or scratch on the surface of a diamond are called blemishes.
The art of cutting, shaping, polishing and creating
diamonds and jewelry from stones. Diamonds are examined
minutely for flaws and imperfections, enabling the cutter
to decide in which way the diamond will give the best
possible results in the cutting.
To assess the quality of diamonds it is important to
find out as much as you can about the so-called 4 C
's before purchasing a piece of diamond jewelry, such
as rings, wedding rings, engagement rings, earrings,
eternity rings, necklace, pendant, bracelet all set
in silver sterling and gold.
Diamond clarity ratings include a rating scale, rating
system, quality ratings, scales and charts and diamond
color ratings. Diamond Ratings help buyers to assess
the quality of diamonds.
The quality of a diamond is dependent upon the cut of
the facets which reflect the brilliance, fire, sparkle
and luster of a diamond. Diamond facets are the smooth
surface areas of a diamond which have been cut, polished
and positioned at different angles which allow light
to enter and reflect back from the stone.
Diamonds reach the surface of the earth via volcanic
pipes, or channels or via placer, alluvial deposits.
They are formed when extreme heat and extreme pressure
cause carbon atoms to crystallize forming diamonds approximately
ninety miles under the earth's surface.
The source of Natural diamonds are found in environments
of Kimberlite Rock and Placer or Alluvial Deposits.
Glossary of Terms related to Diamonds
A comprehensive Glossary of Terms related to Diamonds
provides fast and information about the terminology
associated with diamonds.
Cubic Zirconia v Diamonds
A comprehensive guide on the subject of Cubic Zirconia
or CZ. A comparison with the advantages and disadvantage
of buying Cubic Zirconia CZ jewelry as opposed to
Moissanite - The Pros and Cons of Moissanite - What
A comprehensive guide on the subject of Moissanite.
The Pros and Cons of Moissanite - a comparison of
the advantages and disadvantage of buying Moissanite
jewelry as opposed to real diamonds. Moisanite,
Mossanite and Moisannite are all common mis-spellings
Mohs Hardness Scale
Mohs Hardness Scale characterizes the scratch resistance
of various minerals through the ability of a harder
material to scratch a softer material. On the Mohs
scale diamond has a hardness of 10. A diamond is
the hardest naturally occurring substance known
History of Diamonds
The History of Diamonds is fascinating. This section
contains a history timeline of diamonds detailing
important historical events and dates
Worlds Famous Diamonds
Torture and Mutilation are all part of the History
of diamonds. The Worlds
most Famous Diamonds including facts, information,
descriptions and a list of the Worlds Famous
The Kohinoor - The Kohinoor is one of the World's most
famous diamonds also called the Koh-i-Noor. The Kohinoor
became part of the Crown Jewels of England at the time
that Queen Victoria was proclaimed empress of India
and is still kept in the Tower of London. Read about
the curse of the Kohinoor
Hope - The famous Hope was first known as the "French
Blue" or the "Tavernier Blue" and is currently housed
in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in the USA.
The Regent - The Regent was owned by French Kings until
the bloody French revolution and then owned by the Emperor
The Uncle Sam - The Uncle Sam was found in the Crater
of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas near Murfreesboro and
before cutting weighed 40.23 carats
The Kahn Canary - The Kahn Canary was discovered the
diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park and worn
by Hillary Clinton
The Sancy - The Sancy was named after Nicolas de Harlay,
Seigneur de Sancy (1546-1629) a French soldier and diplomat
Florentine - The Florentine came into the possession
of the powerful Medici family and was housed in the
Medici treasury in Florence. ( Inhabitants of Florence
were called Florentines).
The Allnatt - The Allnatt diamond was purchased in the
1950's by Major A E Allnatt after whom it was named
Tiffany - The Tiffany was named after its first known
owner, Charles Lewis Tiffany, the famous Fifth Avenue
Cullinan - The Cullinan I aka the Star of Africa was
cut into a pear shape and weighing 530.20 carats is
set in the Royal Sceptre of the English Crown Jewels
are diamonds found?
are diamonds found? Natural diamond sources have been discovered
in approximately 35 different countries around the World
across several continents. Read all about them in this section
Diamond Quotes Qoutes, sayings and quotations by other
famous people - some funny, some inspirational and some
quotes that just make you stop and think!
Blood Diamonds and the Blood Diamond Movie
Blood Diamonds, also known as Conflict Diamonds, are
used in the illegal trading of diamonds to finance conflict,
civil wars and human rights abuses in Africa. This trade
is highlighted in the Blood Diamond movie starring Leonardo
most Famous Diamond Mines including facts, information,
descriptions and a list of the Worlds Diamond Mines
including in depth facts and information about:
Canadian Diamonds - Timeline & History of Canadian Diamonds
and Canadian Diamond Mines
Arkansas Diamond Mine - History Timeline of the Arkansas
Crater of Diamonds
State Park - History Timeline of the Crater of Diamonds
Argyle Diamond Mine - The Argyle Diamond Mine in Australia
is the world’s largest diamond mining operation by volume,
although not by value due to the quantities of less
popular brown diamonds that it produces.
Ekati Diamond Mine - The Ekati Diamond Mine is the Canada's
first operational diamond mining operation and produces
3 million carats of rough diamonds every year
Diavik Diamond Mine - The Diavik Mine projects an average
of between 7 - 8 million carats per year during the
life of the diamond mine
Mirna Diamond Mine - Site of the world's largest man-made
hole in Russia
African Diamond Mines - Names and list of the African
Colors of Diamonds
The traditional color associated with Diamonds is white,
or colorless. But Diamonds are also found in many other
colors. Sections are provided with depth facts and information
about all the different shades and hues in the colors
White Color Diamonds
Black Color Diamonds
Blue Color Diamonds
Pink Color Diamonds
Yellow Color Diamonds
Brown Color Diamonds
Orange Color Diamonds
Champagne Color Diamonds
Cognac Color Diamonds
Fancy Colored Diamonds
What is a Diamond? Definition of Diamonds
What is the definition of a Diamond: The word is derived
from the Greek "adamas" meaning "hardest metal" which
reflects the property of this precious stone. This jewel
excels in brilliancy and beautiful play of prismatic
colors, and is remarkable for its extreme hardness.
It is a member of the Diamond (Carbon) family and the
hardest known substance. Found in nature it is called
a rough diamond. It is then cut, for use in jewelry,
into various forms with many reflecting facets, by which
its brilliancy is much increased.
History of Diamonds
The history, myths, legends and folklore surrounding
the magical properties of diamonds have been handed
down through the ages and from different civilisations.
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