When you search for diamond jewelry, Van Adams Jewelers will give you the need to know in-depth understanding of what you are buying. This information will expand your knowledge on loose diamonds, so you can select your diamonds based on the same criteria that jewelers use to grade them.
A loose diamond is the hardest known substance in the world. This is because a diamond is uniquely resistant to damage by heat or scratching, and can be cut or polished only by another diamond. Even after many years of constant wear, diamonds will sustain their pointed corners and edges when most other stones will have become damaged.
However, many people expect diamond jewelry to be unbreakable. This is not true. A diamonds crystal formation has solid and malleable directions. A blow of adequate force, in a precise direction, can crack, chip, split or even smash a diamond.
The first recorded history of a diamond dates back some 3,000 years to India, where it is likely that diamonds were first valued for their ability to reflect light. In the beginning days, this stone was used in two ways, initially for decorative purposes, and secondly as a talisman to ward off evil or provide protection in battle.
During the Middle Ages more concentration was paid to the value of diamonds, rather than the spiritual powers surrounding them. Due to the improved public awareness of the worth of diamonds, mine owners perpetuated myths that diamonds were poisonous. This was to stop the mineworkers from consuming the diamonds in an effort to smuggle them out of the mines.
The fame of a diamond surged during the middle ages, with the discovery of many big and well-known stones in India, such as the Koh-I-Noor and the Blue Hope. But when the Indian diamond source dwindled, lesser finds have taken place in Borneo and Brazil, but these were not adequate to meet the ever-increasing need for diamonds. The mid-nineteenth century finding of diamonds near the Orange River in South Africa provoked the world’s biggest diamond rush, and assisted to satiate the world’s growing appetite for diamonds.
On October 2nd 1979, geologists found the Argyle pipe near Lake Argyle: the richest diamond bank in the planet. Since then, Argyle has become the world’s largest volume producer of diamonds, and alone is responsible for producing over a third of the world’s loose diamonds every year.
Today, a diamond has become ‘The Symbol of Love’ through out the world. The custom of giving diamonds as symbol of love and dedication began at the end of the 15th century when Austrian Archduke Maximilian gave a diamond ring to his fiancé. They decided to position the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand because myth held that this finger provided a symbolic link between tokens of love and the heart.
The diamond jewelry still instills the strength and pure transparent beauty that has always represented the purest emotion of human heart — deep lasting love.
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