I have talked before that I didn’t really want a diamond until it was time to get a diamond. Ever since then, Frank says I need a knuckle extension. I mean let’s be honest, nothing sparkles like a diamond! That is because diamond is truly a one of a kind gem. It’s the only gem made up of one element, carbon. It’s about 99.5% carbon and the other .05% is made up of trace elements that influence color and shape.
This is the month for diamonds! April’s birthstone is diamond so I thought this was a great blog topic. Most people have heard of the 4 c’s when it comes to diamonds: cut, color, clarity and carat. If you don’t know much about these and want to learn more check out Stephanie Gottlieb’s Diamonds 101 series on YouTube. Her quick videos are easy to watch and understand. She just did one on marquise and pear shapes which, of course, I loved! She says this is one cut that helps elongate the finger and isn’t as popular right now. It’s for the girl who wants something a little different which I did even though like I have also mentioned before I picked out the same ring as my mother-in-law without knowing it at the time!
I saw an Instagram post recently in which someone asked one of the jewelers I follow about synthetic diamonds so I thought I’d do a little research on this and colored diamonds instead of getting further into the 4 c’s.
Synthetic diamonds, also knows as lab grown or man made, are actually real diamonds they are just made through an artificial process versus real diamonds which are made through a geological process and are typically found 100 miles below the earth’s surface. Synthetic diamonds have the same chemical composition which is why they are considered real and not fake. There is nothing wrong with these diamonds as long as it’s disclosed to a buyer that they are synthetic. They also go through the same grading process as natural diamonds.
Any true Sex and the City fan knows of black diamonds. Big gave one to Carrie at the end of the second movie. She asked why black and he responded, “because you’re not like anyone else.” Black diamonds can be natural, man made or treated. All are considered real. Natural black diamonds are rare. They are an impure form of pollycrystaline diamond consisting of diamond, amorphous carbon and graphite. It’s basically a white diamond with a high number of graphite inclusions which gives them their black appearance. They have the same meaning and symbolism as white diamonds. They are found in Brazil and Central Africa.
Fancy color diamonds get their color from impurities and defects in their structure. Intense heat and pressure, nitrogen, boron, the absorption of naturally occurring radiation and possible hydrogen affect a diamond’s color; not all of those at once but one attribute affects one color. For example, blue diamonds are affected by boron.
This science is so much more fun than the many (too many!) biologies and chemistries I took in college!
Diamonds are also the symbol for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. I’m hoping they are also representative of lucky #13 (in October).
Mary Green #goldbygreen