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An Introduction to Diamonds: Why are diamonds so valuable?

If you’re looking to give someone you love something special and timeless, look no further than a diamond.

Diamonds have been gifted for hundreds of years as symbols of love and affection. They are unmatched in their fire, hardness, and unique crystal structure. This is a large part of what makes them so valuable.
In this article we’ll outline the many unique qualities of diamonds that make them so desirable and valuable.

What is the hardness of a diamond?

‘Diamond’ is derived from the Greek word “adamas”, which means unbreakable. Diamonds are rated a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. This scale measures the resistance of a smooth surface to scratch or abrasion, and 10 is the highest score. So, Diamonds are the most resistant material to scratching or abrasion in the world.

This is due to their strong crystal lattice composed of tightly packed carbon atoms. In addition, a diamond’s tight crystal structure means they show very few inclusions (imperfections).

What colour is diamond is the most expensive?

Red is by far the rarest and therefore most expensive of coloured diamonds. Most coloured diamonds though, especially blue and pink, can fetch prices well in the millions.

Coloured diamonds are a naturally occurring phenomenon, made by diamonds being exposed to certain trace minerals of natural radiation from the Earth itself. An authentic coloured diamond has no manmade colouring.

Coloured diamonds can be blue, yellow, brown, black, pink, orange, green, red and purple.

What is diamond fire?

One of the things that makes diamonds so special, in addition to their extreme hardness, is it’s ‘fire’. When diamonds take in the light, they reflect it back to the viewer, showering them with a rainbow of colour.

The more colours the viewer sees, the better the diamond, and the more intense its fire. Nothing is more beautiful than a winking diamond flashing red, blue, orange, and violet sparks at you.

What is diamond brilliance?

Diamonds are also famous for their brilliance; the amount of white shiny light that the viewer sees. This helps in diamonds’ unique luster, and how it flashes on the hand or at the ears.

Brilliance is different from fire, because it specifically refers to the white light return, whereas fire refers to the refraction of light into many different hues.

To be brilliant, a diamond must be cut and polished in a way that light can be redirected to the eye efficiently. There must be enough structured contrast within the cut to create the “on/off” blinking of the facets in motion

 

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What shape are diamonds naturally?

Part of the reason diamonds came to be cut in the round brilliant style, is due to their natural, out of the ground shape. Diamonds come out of the ground as an octahedron. An octahedron is literally a diamond shape: an 8-faced double quadrilateral pyramid.

Sometimes a perfectly shaped octahedral crystal will be pulled from the ground and these are called glassies. Collectors will buy these and leave them uncut, sometimes just polished as a testament to mother nature’s beauty.

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In addition to all of diamond’s amazing physical and optical properties, diamonds are beautiful and they make their wearer feel beautiful. Most women when wearing diamonds can’t help but stop and admire them on their own hand.

When you want to make that special person in your life feel beautiful, Kush Diamonds is there to help. We can teach you everything there is to know and exactly how to view and get the best diamond, at the best price and 100% obligation-free.

Book a diamond viewing or give us a call on 03 9602 3337.

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