Diamonds are the most famous gemstone in the world. From Bond films to being a girl’s best friend, you hear them about everywhere. We’ve come to associate them with engagements and declarations of love. Why did the spotlight get cast on this particular gemstone, and what do you need to know about diamonds now?
The world has been enchanted by diamonds for thousands of years. Before they were a symbol of love, diamonds were a sign of spirituality and magic. The first record of diamonds appeared between 400 and 300 BC. They were used as currency and seen as a jewel above all others. Over the next thousands of years, diamonds were seen as symbols of power so it was no surprise when various royalty started wearing diamond jewellery. Including an Archduke who commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring – a tradition we still see today. The industry boomed as the demand for diamonds grew.
Nowadays, there are so many mines and methods of getting diamonds, the gemstones are much more accessible. However, not all of them are ethical and it’s incredibly important you know where you’re getting your diamonds from. Blood – or conflict – diamonds are mined in areas controlled by rebels. They use the money to buy weapons or finance war. When you’re buying a diamond, there are certain questions you need to be asking your jeweller.
Once you’re assured about the gemstone’s origins, there are other questions to ask. Diamonds are a big purchase so it’s important you know exactly what you’re buying. You should be aware of the four C’s. They stand for cut, clarity, colour, and carat. These four elements revolve around the look and quality of the diamond, some of which only an expert can help you with. Some people in the industry also like to add in a fifth C – confidence with your jewellery seller.
Before you Buy
The world of diamonds is easy to get lost in. Jewellers will help you in any way they can, but you can help yourself too. From researching lab diamonds and other gemstones, to being aware of different shapes and styles – get familiar with pieces you like. You don’t have to be traditional, focus on the person you’re buying for. One last tip – always see before you buy.
There’s certainly more to diamonds than a sparkle. The industry is fascinating. What’s most important to you when shopping for a diamond?