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SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND!

diamond

/ˈdʌɪ(ə)mənd/

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noun

noun: diamond; plural noun: diamonds​

" a precious stone consisting of a clear and colourless crystalline form of pure carbon, the hardest naturally occurring substance "

 

WHAT IS A DIAMOND?

diamond

/ˈdʌɪ(ə)mənd/

noun: diamond; plural noun: diamonds​

" a precious stone consisting of a clear and colourless crystalline form of pure carbon, the hardest naturally occurring substance "

Diamond often occurs as octahedrons with rounded edges and curved surfaces. It is formed at great depth in the earth, between 150 and 300 km below the surface at great temperatures and pressures and is most commonly found in volcanic breccias and in alluvial deposits. By a kind of volcanic eruption the diamonds were pushed up through volcanic pipes of diamond bearing rock such as kimberlite. With gradual erosion kimberlite chimneys were exposed at the earth’s surface. Poorly formed diamonds are used in abrasives and in industrial cutting tools.

A symbol of wealth, purity and love, a diamond leaves no one unmoved.  

HOW TO BUY DIAMONDS

Mae West once said, "I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond". The lady had a point. But there's more than just carats; there 4C word criteria that you should pay attention to when buying a diamond; Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat.

CUT

A diamond’s brilliance is largely determined by its cut. An expertly-cut diamond with perfectly symmetrical and aligned facets will reflect light beautifully, leading to unrivalled brilliance. True expertise is required to create facets with perfect proportions that maximise light and increase a diamond’s signature sparkle.

COLOR

White or colourless diamonds exist on a scale of many different shades, ranging from brilliant white to pale yellow. These subtle differences are graded on a colour scale from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). Beautiful coloured diamonds, in hues of yellow, pink, blue, orange, green and red, for example, go beyond all other measures of rarity, and a graded based on their intensity and enticing depth of colour.

CLARITY

Diamonds are created by tremendous heat and pressure deep within the earth. This thoroughly organic process means that virtually all diamonds contain internal inclusions and surface blemishes. Diamonds with fewer of these characteristics are deemed to have a higher clarity, ranging from FL, or Flawless, to I, signalling a number of inclusions.

CARAT

In the ancient world, carob seeds were used as a reference for the weight of individual diamonds. Today, this historic practice has led to the word carat, which is now the contemporary measure of weight for all diamonds. Precise measurements are taken to the hundredth decimal place to ensure complete accuracy. A metric ‘carat’ is defined as 200 milligrams.

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