December 30, 2010

Diamonds 101

Posted in diamonds, jewelry, rose diamonds tagged , , at 7:11 pm by rosediamonds

“I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.”

–Zsa Zsa Gabor

Diamonds are seemingly abundant if you look at the rows upon rows of diamond jewelry in showcases across the country.  It seems like everyone has at least one diamond in their possession, but if we examine the origins of the stones, I think they will earn back the respect they deserve.

Diamonds themselves cannot be dated due to the radioactive elements that decay too quickly, but inclusions within diamonds CAN be dated.

Occasionally, clients ask me whether a diamond is “used” or whether it is a “vintage diamond.”  The youngest diamond is 628 million years old and the oldest are 3.3 billion years old.  In this sense, they are all vintage.  All diamonds are old.  Perhaps a more accurate description is when the diamond was faceted/manufactured.  Faceting styles and lapidary technology has come a long way since its humble beginnings.  Diamond faceting trends will be covered in my next article…

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