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Choosing Diamonds?

Marilyn Monroe called them "a girl's best friend" while others see them as a sign of eternal love. No matter how you look at it, diamonds are the most precious...

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Choosing Diamonds?

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Marilyn Monroe called them ?a girl?s best friend? while others see them as a sign of eternal love. No matter how you look at it, diamonds are the most precious of gems. India is one of the largest hub in the world in terms of diamond trade. Diamond trading, which has long been the monopoly of Antwerp, has now found a new competitor in India.

The word ?diamond? comes from the Greek word ?Adamas?, meaning invincible. This is referring to their hardness, which makes them nearly imperishable material. Diamonds are the hardest of all known minerals found on earth, 85 times harder than the next closest gem substance, Corundum.

Diamonds have long been the standard of beauty and value against which all other gems are measured. The beauty of a diamond lies in its ability to sparkle and disperse light from dozens of minute faces. To get one carat of polished diamond, men have to blast, dig, crush and sort approximately 250 tons of earth.

We are all familiar with diamond engagement rings, but how did this tradition start? Folklore says that it began in 1477 when the powerful Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave a diamond ring to his bride-to-be, Mary of Burgundy. The tradition quickly spread and is responsible for a large portion of diamond sales nowadays.

When choosing a diamond, there are a number of factors to bear in mind. Below is a brief guide to help you get the diamond or diamond jewellery that you?ve always wanted, with confidence.

Carat is the weight or size of the stone that you are looking for. The bigger the stone, the more expensive is generally the rule. The diamond is weighed in ?carats?. A carat is made up of 100 cents or 100 points. One carat is approximately equal to 0.2 grams.

Diamonds occur in almost all colors, from colorless to various shades of yellow, brown, pink, blue, orange, green, grey, red and black. Generally the colorless diamonds are more expensive than the other colored ones. At the same time the more intense the colors are the higher the price can be. The general rule of thumb is the rarer the color, the more expensive the stone will be. The color grading of a stone are usually denoted by letters of the alphabet starting from D through to P and Q. It may also be referred to from ?exceptional white? going through to ?tinted.? In the UK, it is referred to as ?finest white? to ?dark cape.? Sometimes we can also find grading from 0+ to 16.

Last modified on 2018-01-28 19:28:43.