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Busting Diamond Myths

Many of us are fascinated by diamonds and their rare beauty, and rightly so. But not many know that a diamond is more than just a precious stone used in jewellery making. They’re one of Earth's hardest naturally occurring metals and have their natural shades. 

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 is information about a diamond stone that took you by surprise, 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 the same physical and chemical composition as of a natural diamond. 

Often, lab-created diamonds are also called ‘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.

Diamonds are indeed held tightly in its spot on the jewellery set by prongs, metal 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% of overall mined diamonds fall under the topmost category of being flawless.

However, when it comes to jewellery making, diamonds with the 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 diamond guide to better understand them before making a final decision on your purchase.

Myth #5 - Diamonds Are Forever

You must have heard the ‘diamonds are forever phrased 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 break and destroy, but the process is quite slow, resulting in a billion years before these precious stones return to where they came from. But for us, they do last a lifetime.

Myth #6 - Diamonds Are Rare

Being the world’s hardest and most precious natural stone, many assume that diamonds are rare to find and mine. But it is not true.

The huge players in the diamond industry control the inflow of these precious stones in the market to keep the price in check. Fewer stones in the market would mean that the value of these rocks are always high, and consumers get a false sense of scarcity. In truth, around 135 million carats of diamonds are mined yearly 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 idea of diamonds being a symbol of everlasting love and companionship came from a marketing campaign focused on attracting prospective customers to buy diamond rings for their partners. De Beers began advertising diamonds as 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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