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As you may know, a diamond is a mineral and is the hardest known substance to man, but one of the simplest being made out of carbon and the first recorded history dates back to some 3000 years ago to India. It is also a cousin to the pencil, which is also made out of carbon. Throughout history, diamonds have been associated with magical powers, magnificent beauty and more recently, great value and wealth. The word comes from the Greek word “Adamas” which meant unconquerable and they have been worn throughout the ages by men going into battle as a sign of strength, courage and invincibility.
Most of the diamonds found today originated from Central and South Africa although there have been other significant finds in Canada, Brazil, Australia and the biggest diamond mine is in Siberia. The diamond market is very much dominated by De Beers to control the supply and price of diamonds across the world by what some would say are monopolistic practices.
Some of the world’s largest and most valuable diamonds are in the Tower of London, included in the British Crown Jewels.
Diamonds are truly very desirable objects and are worn throughout the world and are set in previous metals in many different types of jewelry. One of the most common pieces of jewelry is none other than the engagement ring. A lot of women still choose to have a diamond as a symbol of love to wear on their engagement finger whether it be the traditional solitaire or three diamonds which some believe signifies “I love you” or “Past, Present, Future”.
These stones have always associated with romance and according to mythology, Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds because they possess a magic that nothing else has equaled.
There are several ways on how to grade a diamond but the elements are the carat, color, cut and clarity.