What Is A Diamond?

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Many women swear that diamonds are their best friends, but most don't know the first thing about a diamond. There is so much more to a diamond than its sparkle and the 4 Cs; diamonds are one of Mother Nature's most genius creations. Prepare to be dazzled by some of the diamond's most fascinating characteri... read more

Many women swear that diamonds are their best friends, but most don’t know the first thing about a diamond. There is so much more to a diamond than its sparkle and the 4 Cs; diamonds are one of Mother Nature’s most genius creations.

Prepare to be dazzled by some of the diamond’s most fascinating characteristics.

  • A diamond, affectionately dubbed “the rock,” is actually not a rock at all. Diamonds are minerals. But I suppose, “show me the mineral” would not be as sexy.
  • Diamonds are allotropes of carbon and the hardest naturally occurring mineral on the planet. So, while diamonds may not technically be a rock, they sure feel like one. A diamond is so tough that only another diamond can scratch its surface.
  • The earliest recorded human use of diamonds comes from India over 3,000 years ago. Since their use in India, diamonds have played an integral role in ancient religious practice.
  • If some diamonds seem out of this world, then they probably are. Carbonado diamonds, a particular type of diamond found in South America and Africa, seem to be the direct result of an asteroid impact that occurred 3 billion years ago.
  • While luxury brands have made our mouths water with their decadent chocolate diamond creations, any color in a diamond is the result of a defect or impurity. Nitrogen gives diamonds the common yellowish or brown color, boron creates blue hued diamonds and plastic deformation forms a pinkish-reddish diamond color. I wonder how Jennifer Lopez would feel about her highly prized pink diamond, if she knew it was due to an extreme plastic deformation?

Flaws and all, we will always be intrigued by the infinitely modern, yet timeless, diamond.

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