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 , representing strength and courage, as the merchant of diamonds 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 through 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 under 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, it takes 250 tons of ore to produce a diamond of 1 carat gem quality, according to Diamond Trade.
According to Central Jewelry, which sells diamonds and provides advice on your purchase, the four C, or carat, clarity, color and cut, I can guide in determining the value of a diamond. The value of a diamond increases with carat weight because diamonds are rarer larger than small. A diamond that weighs 4 carat worth four diamonds of 1 carat of similar quality.
The diamonds more valuable are colorless or nearly colorless, according to Central Jewelry. Most diamonds might not seem to have any color, but when viewed through a magnifying glass or jeweler’s loupe, is shown to have a yellow or brown. To the stones of a certain size, the difference from one grade to the next color 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 stone 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 stone lighter and brighter. 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 calibrate its value. The cut affects its brightness, quality stones have faces almost geometrical precision of each other, those whose faces have been cut disproportionately, or stretched to make them more though are not as valuable as those whose issues have not been extended, according to Central Jewelry.