The Diamond: Nature’s Most Precious Gemstone
What better way to celebrate Earth Day on 22nd April than by learning more about the wondrous and rare treasures that formed deep below the Earth’s surface? A true gift from Mother Nature herself, diamonds are precious gems filled with beauty, splendour and mystery which have captivated mankind for centuries
Even before these desirable creations were mined toward the end of the 19th century, they were a source of fascination and value to man. The Romans believed diamonds were splinters from falling stars, while the Greeks thought they were the tears of the gods. In fact, “diamond” is a derivation of the Greek word adamas, meaning “unconquerable”.
It is astounding to think that these magnificent gemstones were formed millions of years ago under intense pressure and heat in the Earth’s crust. It was through a violent volcanic eruption that they were brought to the surface and natural deposits have been found all over the world.
However, the dazzling diamond you might see on your ring finger was not discovered in this state. These strikingly beautiful gemstones were once cloudy rocks when mined from the earth, purely hinting at the potential of what they can become. It takes great precision, skill and attention to detail from master diamond cutters and polishers for the rough diamond to be transformed into a beautiful creation of fire and light.
What makes a diamond so special, cherished and valuable?
Beautiful, rare and magical; each diamond is unique and is a miracle of time and change. In the same way each person has a unique personality and character, as do diamonds. Each diamond’s complex characteristics cannot be duplicated, and no two diamonds are the same. The combination of the gem’s cut, clarity, colour and carat weight (the 4 Cs) as well as its unique journey of formation gives it a unique quality and ‘fingerprint’.
There is no denying that a diamond’s beauty is simply mesmerising. Once cut and polished, it is transformed into an exquisite creation of fire, brilliance and scintillation.
A diamond is the hardest substance known to man, being resistant to deterioration. This makes diamond jewellery a wonderful option to wear every day and be passed down as an heirloom to the next generation.
There are many factors that make diamonds so rare and desirable, and why they have held their value over centuries.
Although there are vast resources of diamonds within the Earth, the supply remains limited with only 20 percent of all rough diamonds being suitable for gem-cutting.
Over 250 tones of ore need to be blasted, crushed and processed to yield one carat of rough diamond. Thus, large diamonds of high quality are extremely rare and valuable.
Natural fancy coloured diamonds (pink, yellow, orange, red, purple, green, blue, brown, black, grey) are spectacular beauties that are far rarer than a white diamond as they represent only two percent of total rough diamond production.
Diamonds have always held great value, even years after being worn and enjoyed. The rarity of a high-quality diamond will be reflected in its price, combined with the fact that diamond mining is very expensive and often in remote areas
Each diamond has specific qualities that establish its value, also known as the 4 Cs: Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. Today, the GIA 4Cs of a diamond is the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere in the world.
When purchasing diamond jewellery, be sure to ask your jeweller if it is an ethical and conflict-free diamond. All of Shimansky’s diamonds and metals are mined without exploiting workers or our precious environment, and with no connection to terror groups.
Visit your nearest Shimansky store to view nature’s most precious gemstone, meticulously crafted into beautiful diamond jewellery creations that will be cherished for generations to come.