Gaining a great deal of attention over the past week is the ever popular ' Diamond ', a gem that has fought its way to the front, evolving over the years becoming a near benchmark for brilliance.
Thanks to Sotheby's, the auction house that announced the sale of the Pink Star, the world's most glorious pink gem, diamonds have mysteriously become the only thing I hear or see.
Breezing into April, a month dedicated to the diamond birthstone, there's no reason to give this gem a miss. Through this post, I will break down into simpler terms what a diamond truly means and give you a brief insight on a few other spectacular gems that have carved themselves a spot at the top.
|A lot of mixed Diamonds|
Diamond, a gemstone that is the hardest mineral known to man, is made entirely from the element carbon. Yes, you might not believe it, but these glittery gems are formed from the same element you partially exhale every other minute. Carbon has the ability to bond itself in different ways, one being immensely strong which then transforms into a diamond when placed under great amounts of heat and pressure. This takes place deep within the earth's core, partly the reason why diamonds sell at high premiums as excavating them amounts to half the cost.
Ever since their discovery, diamonds have always been used to symbolise wealth, fame, and fortune with empires being overturned thanks to this precious gem. Kings and Queens had diamond-embellished jewellery; crowns and even thrones that spoke of their riches.
Diamonds and its Properties
Although buying diamonds might make you a little apprehensive, it is not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few points you should know before you set out to buy a gem. Diamonds are graded and priced on the basis of four major aspects:
Cut - The shape and faceting a gem has.
Developing the perfect cut to release maximum light, diamonds have been engineered to incorporate light and fire giving rise to a spectacular watery gem. Diamonds have been cut into various shapes like Ovals, Round Brilliant, Hearts, Trillions etc.
|The Graff Venus, a heart shaped beauty.|
The Graff Venus, the largest D colour, Flawless diamond that weighs 118.78 carats. This bright diamond reflecting romantic sentiments took 18 months to be cut to perfection.
Colour - The overall body colour of the gem
Diamonds in their purest form are actually colourless and these are ones you tend to pay highest amounts of money for like the Cullinan Diamond. Diamonds also come in a range of colours like Pink, Blues, Yellows and even Reds. When other elements get fused with the carbon during formation of the gem, the colour of the stone tends to change.
Yellow comes from the inclusion of trace element Nitrogen
Brown comes from the inclusion of trace element Nitrogen
Blue comes from the inclusion of trace element Boron
Pink comes from a structural misalignment
Green comes from radiation
|The pastel pink glow from a Pink Diamond|
Clarity - the number of internal or external characteristics the gemstone has
Each gem that forms under the surface of the earth tells an individual tale, almost like a fingerprint. In terms of diamonds, there are a range of marks that can tell if a gem has been treated or modified in any way. These characteristics also help determine the band under which a diamond is graded, that in turn affects its price.
Carat Weight - the maximum weight that can be retained from the rough
Gemstones have their own system of measurement. A carat is 1/5th of a gram and is divided into 100 units called points. As diamonds are a rare resource, cutters tend to save maximum weight from each piece of rough material as long as it can fetch them money. Sometimes heavily included gems are sent to other industries that use diamonds for other processes like cutting marble etc.
Looking for a Diamond Delight?
Buying gemstones either as an investment option or as jewellery has always proved to be valuable when supported by a certificate. Buying a gemstone online has almost become second nature to most couples looking to buy engagement rings and wedding jewellery. With customisation, personalization, and trusted delivery channels, online jewellery stores are a popular choice in the busy schedule of working professionals.
That brings to mind the online jewellery and coloured diamond specialist Asteria Diamonds. Headed by a team of diamantaires with over 45 years of experience, Asteria Diamonds has an integrated model that assures you the best deals. With in-house cutting and polishing, their diamonds are sourced directly from the mines and do not undergo any enhancements or treatments, so you know exactly where your diamond has been.
The company can even show you additional pictures of the jewellery piece you are interested in purchasing so that you get a better understanding of its size and other important aspects like the overall feel of the product. All in all, Asteria aims to offer each client personalised service that can cater to the clients needs.
|Sparkling yellow beauties|
Specialising in coloured diamonds, Asteria has an inventory that will leave you speechless. Yellow diamonds like the colour of the sun and pinks that will make you blush, their stones both loose and in jewellery are remarkable.
|A vivid yellow from the Asteria collection|
Visit and explore their online store today and find a gem that will highlight your skin tone, because, with an inventory like theirs, you will surely find a piece you LOVE.