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About diamonds – Just to whet your appetite!
The word diamond comes from the ancient Greek word adámas, which means unbreakable or unalterable, and humans have valued them as precious decorative items for millennia. We’ve used them in engagement rings since the 1400s, perhaps longer. They’ve brought dictators to their knees and made poor men into billionaires, set the seal on lifelong loving relationships and marked disastrous unions. They’re dramatic, fiery and very beautiful.
Going further back in time early Chinese and Sanskrit texts,written in the third century AD, make references to diamonds. And Buddhist texts dating back to the fourth century mention the mineral as a precious stone.
India was the only major source of diamonds until they were discovered in Brazil in 1725. Today India is where 92% of the world’s diamonds are cut and polished, and half of all cut diamonds are traded in Antwerp, Belgium.
What is a Carat?
It’s a measurement of mass, with one carat being roughly 200Mg. Diamonds less than 1 Carat are weighed in Points, a Point being one 100th of a Carat. The price per Carat tends to increases with a diamond’s weight, since the bigger the stone, the rarer and more valuable it is.
What about colour?
The finest quality diamonds are completely colourless and graded D. Stones with a tiny trace of colour are graded E or F, and I, J and K denote diamonds with more colour and often less value. Yellow and brown diamonds are cheaper then pure ones, but blue and pink diamonds are so rare they can cost more than D grade. Whatever your choice, they’re all stunningly sparkly!
Are diamonds a good investment?
Not really. Surprisingly there are a host of factors that, when combined, mean diamonds are not recommended as an investment. Here’s why not: Diamonds as an investment. But boy, they’re gorgeous. And that’s the main thing!