The miraculous creation of a diamond
There is a very good reason why gazing at your diamond engagement ring feels so special. Somehow it feels as though your diamond speaks to you, like it is trying to tell a story, the story of its creation.
It is hundreds of kilometers below our planets surface, in the earth's mantle, where through a complex process, extreme pressure and temperature caused fragments of carbon to form into diamond crystals. These diamonds were carried to the surface in volcanic eruptions.
The origin of diamonds
Although gifted to mankind by nature, diamonds don't naturally appear nicely wrapped up on our porches. Nearly half of all diamonds worldwide are mined in Central and Southern Africa. These amazing sites are owe-inspiring and really depict the complexity of diamond mining.
Our concern for the environment and human rights form a constant guarantee all diamonds placed in our jewellery are being ethically mined and distributed.
The moment rough becomes polished
Because rough diamonds can be quite big the first step often is cleaving, which separates the large piece into smaller pieces. These cleaved rough diamonds are then being bruted which is very similar to the act of carving thus enabling to turn a rough gem into diamonds as we all know and recognise. The final steps of the process are polishing, ensuring the diamond is thoroughly cleaned the diamond in acids, and examination.
Purchasing a diamond, for some, it might be a bit overwhelming at first. Thats why we're here to help you out with making the right decision. Our diamond expertise is something we're proud to share with our friends, clients and everyone who cares to be informed.
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The 4 C's
Every diamond is unique and there are no two of the same. But in order to determine a stones value there are a set of characteristics experts pay attention to when determining a stone's value we call them the four C's.
The colour of a diamond actually refers to the lack there of. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. A diamond's colour is graded on a scale from D to Z, D being colourless and thus most precious. The slight variation in colour, often invisible to the inexperienced eye is essential for the accurate valuation of a stone's .
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Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes.’
Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value.
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Diamonds are renowned for their ability to transmit light and sparkle so intensely. We often think of a diamond’s cut as shape (round, heart, oval, marquise, pear), but a diamond’s cut grade is really about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light.
Precise artistry and workmanship are required to fashion a stone so its proportions, symmetry and polish deliver the magnificent return of light only possible in a diamond.
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A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams. Each carat is subdivided into 100 ‘points.’ This allows very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. A jeweler may describe the weight of a diamond below one carat by its ‘points’ alone. For instance, the jeweler may refer to a diamond that weighs 0.25 carats as a ‘twenty-five pointer.’ Diamond weights greater than one carat are expressed in carats and decimals. A 1.08 carat stone would be described as ‘one point oh eight carats.
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