Diamonds – From Ancient Wonder to Modern Treasure

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Diamonds have captivated us for centuries with their stunning sparkle. They’re the perfect way to celebrate life’s special moments, from the excitement of an engagement to the joy of a birthday or anniversary.

Whether you’re looking for a dazzling gift for someone special or a timeless piece for yourself, diamonds are a brilliant choice. But their journey from deep beneath the earth to a sparkling jewel is fascinating.

A History of Sparkle

Diamonds have been around for millennia! India is believed to be their birthplace, with trading dating back to 4th century BC. Initially, only the wealthy could afford them.

By the 15th century, diamonds reached Europe, becoming fashionable accessories. In the 19th century, South Africa emerged as a major source, leading to the rise of the diamond market. Today, diamonds are mined worldwide, their rarity and beauty making them a symbol of love and luxury.

The Science Behind the Sparkle

Believe it or not, diamonds are mostly carbon, the same element that makes up you and me. But the arrangement of carbon atoms sets them apart. Under intense heat and pressure deep underground (think billions of years), these atoms form a rigid structure, giving diamonds their incredible strength and brilliance.

The Making of a Masterpiece

Rough diamonds look nothing like the dazzling gems we know. They’re typically cloudy and lack the brilliance we cherish. Only after careful cutting and polishing does their inner beauty shine through. This process involves precisely shaping the diamond to maximize its light reflection, creating the sparkle we admire.

Lab-Grown Diamonds – A Modern Marvel

The natural diamond formation process takes billions of years. But science has stepped in! Lab-grown diamonds replicate the natural conditions, creating stunning gems in a controlled setting.

While visually similar, some subtle differences exist. Lab-grown diamonds may have different crystal shapes and sometimes contain flaws of beauty, the so-called inclusions.

Lab-grown diamonds inclusions

Natural vs. Lab-Grown – Clash of Diamonds

Both natural and lab-grown diamonds have their merits. Natural diamonds hold greater value and tend to appreciate over time. They’re also considered more durable for everyday wear. Lab-grown diamonds offer a more sustainable and often more affordable option. Ultimately, the choice depends on your preferences and budget.

Beyond Diamonds – The Allure of Moissanite

Moissanite, a naturally occurring gemstone, can resemble diamonds. While equally beautiful, it’s softer and has a distinct brilliance. Moissanite may display rainbow flashes, while diamonds showcase a classic, multifaceted sparkle. Both offer unique beauty, with diamonds offering a timeless elegance and moissanite a more fiery brilliance.

Whether you choose a natural diamond, a lab-grown wonder, or the captivating moissanite, you’re selecting a piece of brilliance that will be cherished for generations to come.

Are you also interested in a unique piece of jewelry made of top quality diamonds?

At Soloom, we will create a custom-made piece of jewelry for you. Together, we will select gemstones from which we will create a ring, earrings, bracelet, pendant or necklace exactly according to your wishes. Do not hesitate to contact us.

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