Diamonds seem to be the word on the tip of everybody’s tongue when it comes to lustrous gemstones and fine jewellery. Far from the vibrancy and colour of popular gemstones such as emerald and ruby, diamonds must be worked to flaunt brilliance and dazzle in their own transparency. Arguably the most popular gemstone in the world, just what is it that gives diamonds their premier position in the hearts and minds of jewellery fans?
Strength & Composition
With a full marks rating of 10 on the Mohs mineral hardness scale, diamonds are by far the most durable and scratch resistant gemstone on earth. Its name even stems from the Greek word ‘adamas’ meaning unbreakable. Composed from an allotrope (or certain form) of carbon, diamond atoms are bound so tightly together that they are equipped to fight off impurities and so may have fewer visible inclusions and imperfections. These impurities may sound nasty, but they are not always to the detriment of the stone. Such imperfections can tinge diamonds different colours, a trend that is discussed in more detail below.
History & Sentimentality
Strong not only in nature but in symbolism, diamonds are used to celebrate eternal bonds of love and friendship between people. An engagement ring is intended for lifelong wear and so the diamond has become the most popular gemstone in the UK for this occasion.
One of Gemondo’s special order white gold & diamond engagement rings
Diamond Buying Guide
When searching for that special stone, buyers can take the four Cs into consideration – cut, clarity, carat and colour.
It is important to think about the type of jewellery you are buying, what occasion is it for, how often will it be worn and so on. Engagement and wedding rings are worn for life and in a place on the body that is often exposed to many potentialities that can be harmful to jewellery, so need a truly special diamond that will last with little need for maintenance. Smaller diamond accents can certainly add sparkle to a fashionable and casual piece and need not be so dear or indeed incur the cost of additional certification. When buying it is also important to ensure the stones have not been sourced from conflict zones – so called ‘blood diamonds’ – where the funds generated from their sale is ploughed into crimes of war, unlawful rebellion and illegal trade. Whilst nowadays these diamonds are uncommon it is important to bear in mind when deciding whether or not to buy.
A Few Famous Diamonds
- The Golden Jubilee Diamond – The largest cut diamond to date weighing 545.67 carats and is also known as the ‘Unamed Brown’ after its yellow-chocolate hues. Estimated between $4 and $12 million, this diamond originally mined from South Africa is now a part of Thailand’s crown jewels.
- The Hope Diamond – Weighing in at 45.52 carats, the hope diamond is thought to have been cut from the much larger Tavernier or French Blue diamond dating back to the 1600s. Named after its owner and colour, the Tavernier Blue diamond was much adored, so much so that it was purchased by King Louis XIV of France for use in the crown jewels. The hope diamond was interwoven into the fictional plot of the 1997 film Titanic and given to Rose (Kate Winslet) set in a necklace named the ‘Heart of the Ocean.’ This diamond, after many centuries of various owners, now lives at the Smithsonian museum in the US, insured for $250 million.
- For the Love of God – This work of art was conjured through the mind of artist Damian Hirst. It is a sculpture of a skull encrusted with thousands of faultless pave diamonds and a pink focal diamond in the centre of the forehead.
As well as being famed for their rarity, weight, size and colour, diamonds have been pioneered by celebrities for centuries. Annual awards ceremonies such as the Oscars, the Grammys and the Golden Globes are the perfect excuse to see some of the most lavish and extravagent diamond pieces on our favourite celebs. Harking back to days of old school glamour, from the Hollywood studio stars of the 1920s to the Taylor-Burton Diamond million dollar necklace gifted between Hollywood’s most lavish couple, diamonds are the go-to gemstone for the stars. This gemstone is also prevalent in rhetoric and analogies the world over to reference the precious, the rare, the stunningly beautiful and the strong. Here are a few of our favourite famous and funny diamond quotes.
“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”
“This diamond has so many carats it’s almost a turnip.”
How to Wear Diamonds
There are quite literally no rules to this. Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend and whether set in silver and stacked for everyday wear or larger and sentimental gold and platinum pieces for those special occasions, a diamond will always look glamorous, timeless and effortlessly attractive. See Gemondo’s diamond selection set in gold and sterling silver and visit the exclusive Moonlit Collection for fashion-led and extremely wearable day-to-night pieces inspired by the light of the moon. Why stop there, if you feel the need for a colour injection, Gemondo offers a rainbow of natural gemstones lovingly caressed by little diamonds for extra shimmer. April babies are incredibly lucky as diamonds really are the world’s most versatile gemstone. See a few of our favourite picks from the site below.
925 sterling silver 16pt diamond figure of 8 drop earrings from the moonlit collection, £25
9ct yellow gold 0.25ct diamond five stone ring, £339
18ct white gold 0.30ct diamond three stone pendant, £579