How can diamonds get scratched
5. Diamonds - indestructible ... ??
Diamonds are not indestructible!
Advertising often suggests to unsuspecting customers that diamonds are indestructible due to their extreme hardness and that they cannot be harmed! This is wrong! The diamond is actually the hardest material there is, but this only applies to the so-called "grinding hardness". This means that the diamond cannot be scratched with any other material except other diamonds. However, the diamond can react very sensitively to impacts!
For example, if you wear an Alliance ring (a ring set all around with diamonds) on one hand and a second ring on the other hand and then clap both rings exactly at the next concert, it is as if you were with one small hammers would hit the diamonds. In this way, the most expensive diamond rings can be totally smashed ... In addition, the lower area of the ring is exposed to constant stress in everyday life, which constantly wear the fine handles with which the individual diamonds are set. Over time, this can cause a diamond to fall out of the ring.
Conclusion: When wearing an Alliance ring, be aware that you have an exclusive piece of jewelry and not an everyday device on your finger. Take care of your piece of jewelry and have it checked by a professional from time to time.
Some interesting information about diamonds:
I am often asked what the difference between "diamond" and "brilliant" is:
"Diamond" refers to the actual material. It does not matter whether one speaks of a raw crystal or a cut stone. The material is always "diamond". "Brilliant" refers to a special type of cut developed for diamonds, the so-called "brilliant cut" (most diamonds are cut with a "brilliant cut"). The forerunner of this cut is the so-called "old cut". Thanks to modern possibilities, this cut has been optimized over the past 100 years and perfected in such a way that everything light that falls into the stone is reflected back and no light is "lost". This shows off the wonderful brilliance of the diamond perfectly. So when one speaks of a "brilliant", what is actually meant is a brilliant-cut diamond. However, very few people know this textbook-correct difference and therefore the term "diamond" and sometimes "brilliant" is often arbitrarily spoken of.
Would you like to find out more about this exciting "King of Gems"? Don't hesitate to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation!
Many puzzles about the origin of our earth could be solved with the help of diamonds, as some diamonds are almost as old as our earth itself, i.e. approx. 4 - 4.5 billion years old! On the basis of inclusions and trace elements that occur in most precious stones, researchers can draw many conclusions about the formation of diamonds and thus our planet.
The diamond is the hardest material that occurs on earth! No other material and no human development has so far surpassed the hardness of the diamond! In addition, the diamond is the only gemstone that consists of a pure element (carbon, C) and not of compounds of different elements.
For a long time, the colorless diamond was considered the only ideal of the jewelry diamond. In nature, however, diamonds come in all imaginable colors! Diamonds with a yellowish, brownish, champagne or cognac hue are even more common than colorless diamonds. On the other hand, some color grades are so rare that they far exceed the value of a colorless diamond!
Nowadays, colored diamonds have become indispensable in the jewelry industry.
The rarest diamond colors include red, pink, blue and green
The fascinating color spectrum of the diamond:
- Diamond colored scales from the company "Kulsen AG" -
A Brief History of the Diamond Trade:
Up until the 18th century, the diamond trade was strictly controlled by the Indian Mughal emperors. At that time, the Indian diamond deposits were almost the only locations in the world. Even in the country itself, the trade in diamonds over 10 carats was forbidden (1 ct. Corresponds to 0.2 gr.)
It was only when the first diamond deposits were discovered in Brazil in 1728 that the monopoly of the Indian emperors began to fluctuate.
The large diamond deposits that were discovered in South Africa in 1867 (especially in the Kimberley mine) changed the diamond trade fundamentally.
Diamond rush around 1870 in the Kimberley mine, the "Big Hole":
The hole is often referred to as "the largest hole ever dug by human hands". A total of 2,722 kg of diamond were extracted from the Big Hole.
The diamond trading company "De Beers", which is still important today, later emerged from this diamond rush.
In our collection you will find some examples of jewelery with yellowish and champagne-colored diamonds.
Are you interested in a special diamond? We are happy to show you a selection of beautiful diamonds from clean sources, adapted to your wishes. We only work with reputable and professional diamond dealers.
Contact us for a non-binding appointment!
Do you want to find out more about colored diamonds?
Then I can recommend this homepage of a Swiss diamond dealer:
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