Busting Diamond Myths
Many of us are fascinated by diamonds and its rare beauty, and rightly so. But not many of us know that a diamond is more than just a precious stone used in jewellery making. They’re one of the hardest naturally occurring metals on Earth and have their own natural shades as well.
However, besides these obvious diamond-related facts, many people believe in several myths about them that are not true at all. For instance, did you know that while diamonds are tough and hard, they can still get chipped and fractured? If this one of the information about a diamond stone that took you by surprise, then we suggest you go through this guide to understand more about diamonds and bust the myths surrounding them.
Myth #1 - Lab-created Diamonds Are Fake
Yes, diamonds are a gift of nature, and they are formed deep within the Earth’s surface under immense pressure and extreme heat for billion years, but that is not the only way. As science and technology progressed, scientists began to manufacture diamond stones in labs, which are of same physical and chemical composition as of a natural diamond.
Often, lab-created diamonds are also called as ‘synthetic diamonds’, but they’re real and original as a natural diamond. To know about the various process used in created diamond stones in a lab, you can go through our guide on lab-grown diamonds
Myth #2 - Diamonds Are Unbreakable
While it is true that diamonds are one of the hardest natural minerals to be found in nature, there is still a chance that your diamond ring could get chipped, scratched, or fractured. The reason lies in the cut and durability of the stone after it is shaped to become jewellery ready. Natural diamonds come in rough shapes; however, after the stone is cut, polished, and chiselled for a ring or any other jewellery set
, they might become susceptible to breakage.
It is true that diamonds are held tightly in its spot on the jewellery set by prongs, metals claws, and tension force, any extreme pressure on their edges or thin surface can lead to fracture of scratches to your precious diamond stone.
Myth #3 - All Natural Diamonds Are Colourless
You must have seen colourless diamonds most in your lifetime, but those are not the only kind of stones that are formed in nature. On the contrary, diamonds occur in every shade naturally, depending upon the geological area where they’re found. Different gases trapped in the Earth’s crust often result in giving colour to natural diamonds. These stones can be found in yellow, blue, or pink shade.
On the other hand, lab-grown diamonds are also manufactured in various shades by mixing them with several gases that result in producing coloured stones.
Myth #4 - Natural Diamonds Are Flawless
There is little to no truth in natural diamonds being flawless. While the stones mined from nature have natural brilliance, they also contain internal and external impurities that are explained in our guide here. On average, more than 90% of natural diamonds contain irregularities in their appearance, and only 1% overall mined diamonds fall under the topmost category of being flawless.
However, when it comes to jewellery making, diamonds with lowest impurities are considered the best choice. And if you’re looking to pick out diamond necklaces
or any other jewellery with the right stone choice, then go through the guide on diamonds to better understand them before making a final decision on your purchase.
Myth #5 - Diamonds Are Forever
You must have heard ‘diamonds are forever’ phrase a thousand times, but did you know that diamonds do not ‘live’ forever? Diamonds are destructible, but only when a certain energy threshold is crossed. Hence, diamonds do break and destruct, but the entire process is quite slow, resulting in a billion years before these precious stones go back to where they came from. But for us, they do last a lifetime.
Myth #6 - Diamonds Are Rare
Being the world’s hardest and precious natural stone, many assume that diamonds are scarce in nature and rare to find and mine. But it is not true.
The huge players of the diamond industry control the inflow of these precious stones in the market to keep the price in check. Less number of stones in the market would mean that the value of these rocks are always high and consumers get a false sense of scarcity when in truth around 135 million carats diamonds are mined every year but stockpiled instead of diverting to the market. You can get more information in our guide about diamonds
Myth #7 - Diamonds Have Always Been a Symbol of Love
The whole idea of diamonds being a symbol of everlasting love and companionship came from a marketing campaign that focused on attracting prospective customers to buy diamond rings
for their partners. It was De Beers who began advertising diamonds as a forever jewellery and gained widespread popularity with this approach. Since then, diamonds have been associated with love and marriage, but it was only due to marketing these precious stones to reach the masses and improve sales.
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