Diamond gemstones are the most revered gemstones in the world and naturally people are fascinated by them. Here are some expert tips on choosing the best quality Diamonds for your personal use.
A Diamond gemstone is a solid version of carbon having atoms that are arranged in a crystal structure. Diamond has a reading of 10 on Mohs hardness scale, making it the hardest of all gemstones. Naturally occurring Diamonds are very old and may age from 1 to 3.5 billion years.
The most common shape for a rough gem-quality diamond is the octahedron, which looks like two pyramids back to back. Image: GIA
Contrary to popular belief, Diamond gemstones are not only available as colourless stones but also in a number of other colours as well, such as steel grey, yellow, blue, red, brown, orange, green, olive, purple, pink, violet and even black.
Since Diamond gemstones are the hardest substance known to man, they are easy to clean and maintain. Diamonds are widely used for making jewellery items and they are valued highly in the designing and production of engagement rings. Diamonds are also used to create pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
It is believed that Diamonds can bring prosperity and happiness to the wearer. It is also believed to be a stone of immortality. Diamond gemstones are also considered to bring emotional balance and mental clarity to a person; and are also associated with inner strength, which is why they are the perfect birthstone for people born in April.
Diamonds were at one point of time exclusively mined in India and they were often associated with religious beliefs. Royal families loved to collect Diamonds due to their beauty and brilliance. Famed Diamonds like the Koh-i-Noor and the Hope Diamond were found in India.
Apart from India, the countries that produce Diamonds these days include Russia, Canada, Namibia, Botswana, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Australia, Venezuela, Sierra Leone and Brazil.
Here are the things you need to keep in mind while looking for the best Diamonds.
There are many factors that can influence the cost of a Diamond gemstone, such as the carat, clarity, colour, cut and shape. The price for a 1 carat Diamond may range between US$2,500 and US$16,000 whereas a 2 carat Diamond gemstone can range in price from anywhere between US$7,700 and US$72,000.
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