Diamonds

May 16, 2016
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Princess-CutIt is believed that the first diamonds were discovered in India nearly 3000 years ago. Desired because of their ability to refract light, they were used as decorations or as talismans to ward off evil. During the Dark Ages, diamonds were thought to have medicinal value. Holding a diamond in your hand while making the sign of the cross was supposed to aid in recovery, and even heal the sick or wounded. There were even some that believed ingesting the gems would cure illnesses. In the Middle Ages, diamonds were often viewed as items of great value and prestige. Today diamond rings are considered to be the keystone token of love, and they are primary gem stone sought after and used for engagement rings. Diamonds are one of the hardest precious stone on the face of the planet. They are currently being mined from these countries around the world: Angola, Australia, Botswana, South Africa, Russia, India, Indonesia, Canada, and the United States, with the bulk of the world’s diamonds coming out Russia and Botswana. The word ‘diamond’ is derived from the Greek word adamas, which means ‘unconquerable’.

Styles Of Cuts

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The three aspects jewelers look at on a diamond on are cut, color, and clarity. When a round brilliant diamond has been cut to “Ideal” proportions by a master cutter, it is something to behold. The Ideal Cut Diamond describes a round brilliant diamond that has been cut to exact and mathematically proven proportions. Its stunning symmetry, with 58 exactly placed facets, produces the ultimate in luster and beauty. When a diamond is cut to the ideal proportions, all of the light entering from any direction is completely reflected through the top and is dispersed into a display of sparkling flashes and rainbow colors. There are many cuts and colors of diamonds available, and whichever you choose as the one that suits you, you are guaranteed it will be around for a long time.

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