Diamonds are among nature most precious and beautiful creations. This hardest gem of all is made of just one element carbon.Most diamonds are primeval over a billion years old and form deep within the earth. India and South Africa are the biggest sources other than Canada, Angola, Namibia, Ghana, and Brazil.On almost all modern birthstone lists, diamond is recognized today as the birthstone for April. Diamond is also the gem that marks the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries.
The less color, the higher the grade. Even the slightest hint can make a dramatic difference in value.
Clarity grades assess the number, size, relief, and position of inclusions and blemishes
Cut (proportions, symmetry, and polish) is a measure of how a diamond facets interact with light.
Rarity means larger diamonds of the same quality are worth more per carat.
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Diamonds are the hardest material on earth 58 times harder than anything else in nature.
LUCY IN THE SKY
Fifty light years from earth, this star is a 10 billion-trillion trillion carat diamond.
1 IN 1,000,000
The average yield in most diamond mines is 1 part diamond to 1 million parts host rock.