Do you know anything about diamonds?

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Do you know anything about diamonds?This is a small sample of what you've always wanted to know about diamonds (or not ...)

Facts about diamonds

The Diamond is the hardest substance known to man and it is made of a crystallized carbon that has unique powers of light reflection.

Facts about diamonds

Since diamonds are composed of a single element, they are the purest of all gemstones.

Diamond History

The Greek word "Adamas" meaning unconquerable and indestructible is the root word of diamond.


The first river-bed diamonds were probably discovered in India, in around 800 B.C. The volcanic source of these diamonds was never discovered, but the alluvial(1) deposits were rich enough to supply most of the worlds diamonds.

(1)the formation of new land by deposition of sediment by the sea or a river.

Diamond History

In 1477, Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, thus beginning the tradition of diamond engagement rings. The reason a woman wears it on the third finger of her left hand dates back to the Egyptian belief that the vena amoris (vein of love) ran directly from the heart to the top of that finger.

Diamond History

The value of a Diamond: The Four CsCut (Shape ): The cut is the factor that determines the brilliance of a diamond. A classic round brilliant cut diamond has 58 facets. There are twelve popular cuts of diamonds.

Shape and cut

The principal shapes of diamond.


The value of a Diamond: The Four CsColour: Colourless and near-colourless diamonds are the most valuable. Though most diamonds may appear colourless to the naked eye, the majority of diamonds contain slight traces or yellow or light brown when viewed under a jeweller's loupe.There are diamonds of all the colours.

Brown yellowDeep yellow Red diamondVery yellow

Intense green


The value of a Diamond: The Four CsCarat Weight: a Carat is a standard unit of weight for diamonds. Carats are divided into points. There are 100 points to a carat.

The value of a Diamond: The Four CsClarity: The clarity of a diamond is based on the inclusions found in the stone. The fewer inclusions the diamond has; the clearer, more brilliant and more expensive the diamond will be.

Quality of diamonds (Classification of 19 producer countries)

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AngolaoooooAustralia ooBotswana ooooBrazil ooCanada oooCentral African Rep. oooChina ooooDem. rep. of Congo oooGhana ooo Guinea oooGuyana ooLesotho oooLiberia oNamibia oooooRussia oooooSierra Leone ooooSouth Africa ooooTanzania oooVenezuela ooo

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Angola oooooNamibia oooooRussia oooooSouth Africa ooooBotswana ooooChina ooooSierra Leone ooooCanada oooCentral African Rep. oooGuinea oooLesotho oooDem. Rep. of Congo oooTanzania oooVenezuela oooAustralia ooBrazil ooGhana ooGuyana ooLiberia o

Famous diamondsThe Blue Hope: 45.52 caratsThe Centenary: 273.85 caratsThe Cullinan Diamonds: 3.106 carats (rough)The Dresden Green: 41 caratsThe Idols Eye: 79.20 caratsThe Koh-I-Noor: 105.60 caratsThe Orlov 300: carats (rough)The Regent: 140.50 caratsThe Sancy: 55 caratsThe Taylor-Burton: 69.42 carats

Famous diamonds

The Blue HopeThe Koh-I-NoorThe CullinanThe RegentThe CentenaryThe OrlovThe Idols EyeThe Taylor-BurtonThe SancyThe Dresden Green

Diamonds and social customsDiamonds have always been part of engagement proposals and wedding ceremonies.The Diamond is the birthstone of April and the anniversary gemstone for the 10th and 60th years of marriage.

Famous Quotations

A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure -Henry KissingerDiamonds are a girls best friend and a mans worst enemy! Author Unknown

And finally...

A Diamond is Forever.