Diamonds are wonderful presents due to their beauty, rarity, durability and glamour. Diamond gifts seem to be always appreciated. Diamonds stand for purity, eternal love and faith in most countries.
When purchasing expensive high quality diamonds, it is best to buy certified diamonds as they are guarenteed to be what the jeweler says they are. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is a non-profit organization that rates diamonds. If you are unsure of the quality of diamond you are buying, the safest way is to buy a GIA certified diamond.
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Diamonds are most commonly colorless. Rarely, black, blue, brown, gray, green, pink, red, and yellow diamonds are mined according to the impurities involved. Though this gem has a hardness rating of 10, it is considered to be brittle and will shatter on sharp impact.
Find extensive information and tips on buying diamonds in our Diamond Buying Guide.
Often colored diamonds are painted or irradiated.
Though diamonds are quite durable, they can chip and fracture when handled roughly. Store this type of jewelry separately. Be aware that diamonds can scratch other jewelry as well as each other.
Trustworthy dealers avoid using the following misleading terms when talking about this gemstone. To educate you, I am explaining them here:
"Alaska black diamond" is actually hematite.
"Alaska diamond", "Alencon diamond", "Arkansas diamond", "Bohemian diamond", "Bristol diamond", "Cornish diamond", "Irish diamond", "Isle of Wight diamonds", "Marmora diamond", "Mexican diamond" and "Vallum diamond" stand for rock crystal (quartz) and NOT real diamond.
"Ceylon diamond" and "mature diamond" is really colorless zircon.
"Jourado diamond" is just a colorless stone.
"Killiecrankie diamond" and "Saxony diamond" is another name for colorless topaz.
"Nevada diamond" and "Nevada black diamond" are nicknames for obsidian.
"Radium diamond" is actually smoky quartz.
Diamond Buying Guides:
- Engagement and Wedding Rings: The Definitive Buying Guide for People in Love - by Antoinette Leonard Matlins, Antonio C. Bonanno (Contributor), and Jane Crystal
A practical book for recognizing the quality of various diamonds. This book explains clearly how to spot a fake, how to use a loupe, more details on enhancements and the benefits of paricular cuts.
- How to Buy a Diamond: Insider Secrets for Getting Your Money's Worth - by Fred Cuellar
Very educational book - really gets into the details. The knowledge in the book is great. However, he is a salesman wanting to sell his stones. Learn what you can, but then take your wallet elsewhere.
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
A rewarding book showing the vast history of gems and gemstones. It talks about ancient lore from various cultures on how gemstones were mined and used. If you have an interest in the history and lore of gems, this is your book.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - by Cally Hall, Harry Taylor (Photographer)
A straight-forward guide to gem stones. Clear, understandable pictures and useful, scientific descriptions of over 130 kinds of precious and semi-precious gems.
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Birthstone Months with Diamond
- April Birthstone: Modern, Traditional, and Ayurvedic Birthstone
- August Birthstone: Mystical Birthstone
- September Birthstone: Other Birthstone [Found on chart elsewhere on net]
- November Birthstone: Other Birthstone [Found on chart elsewhere on net]
- Aries Mar 21-Apr 19): Birthstone/Lucky Charm
- Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Lucky Charm
Diamond is the anniversary gemstone for the 30th and 60th year of marriage.
Diamond jewelry is the anniversary gift for the 10th year of marriage.
Mystical Properties & Lore
Gemstone healers often use diamonds to improve their personal clarity and vision. It helps them be honest and direct with themselves and others. Theorectically, the higher quality the stone, the better it is helps strengthen these qualities.
The diamond is an emblem of courage and invincibility.
Around 800 B.C, the first river-bed (alluvial) diamonds were most likely discovered.
Diamond is known as the "King Gem". It symbolizes eternal love, purity and faith. (Pearl is often known as the "Queen Gem".)
The Hindus believed that a diamond containing flaws, spots or specks was such bad luck that it could even deprive the God Indra of his highest heaven.
This precious gem is the US State Gemstone of Arkansas.
This gemstone is said to be the Winter Gemstone of the Season.
Only diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are considered precious gemstones.
You Light Up My Life
These diamonds sparkle
From lights above
How does a diamond feel when it wakes up in the morning?
Shiny and bright.
What did the ruby say to the diamond?
You're so clear you make me blush!
A man asked his girlfriend to marry him by getting down on his knees and offering her one beautiful diamond earring. She accepted happily but asked why her engagement gift was only a single earring.
He replied, "I'm on a lobe budget."
What do you call it when a dog eats your wedding ring?
A Diamond in the "Ruff."
Why do diamonds last forever?
Because they are hard.