What makes diamonds so valuable?
In ancient times, the Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars fallen to earth, and until the fifteenth century, only kings wore diamonds, which represents strength and courage, as the diamond merchant Diamond Trade . The meaning evolved to symbolize love and the tradition of wearing the ring on the ring finger goes back to the Egyptians, who believed that the vein of love ran from this finger of the left hand. There are several factors that affect the value of a diamond.
Diamond is the hardest and simplest of all gems, formed from billions of years of carbon below the surface of the earth. It is estimated that 350 tons of diamonds that have been learned in history, according to Diamond Trade . Gemstones are mined in more than 20 countries, however, only about half of the mines are considered gem quality, 250 tons of ore are needed to produce a 1 carat diamond of gem quality, according to Diamond Trade .
According Central Jewelry, which sells diamonds and provides advice on your purchase, the four C, or carat, clarity, color and cut, can guide you in determining the value of a diamond. The value of a diamond increases with carat weight because larger diamonds are rarer than small ones. A diamond that weighs 4 carats worth four diamond 1 carat of similar quality.
The most valuable diamonds are colorless or nearly colorless, according to Central Jewelry. Most diamonds could not seem to have any color, but when viewed through a magnifying glass or jeweler’s loupe, is shown to have a light brown or yellow. To the stones of a certain size, the difference of one color to the next grade can translate into thousands of dollars. The color of the diamond is graded by letters, with those considered D, E and F, the most valuable and D is the rarest.
The clarity of a diamond is determined on a scale of five categories that take into account the number, location, type and size of the gem imperfections or inclusions, which are trace minerals in the rock visible to the naked eye or through a jewelry loupe as Central Jewelry. The value of a diamond increases as the number of inclusions decreases, resulting in a clearer, brighter stone. It is rare that a diamond has no flaws, no defects which are extremely valuable.
The cut of a diamond is the final step to gauge their value. The cut affects its brilliance, with quality stones with faces almost geometric precision of each other, those whose faces have been cut disproportionately, or stretched, so they do weigh more are not as valuable as those whose aspects have not been extended in accordance with Jewelry Central.