Diamonds are forever! And they take forever to make. It is no surprise that diamonds have captured our hearts and minds for centuries. Diamonds are seen as one of the most admired gemstones in the world. They captivate others with their beautiful sparkle and mystic beauty.
The journey of a diamond is fascinating. Natural diamonds are believed to be between 1 to 3.5 billion years old and. Diamonds are formed inside the earth’s mantle and are carried to the surface by volcanic eruptions. Because of this, the diamond is one of the rarest gemstones on this earth.
Once the stone has come to the earth’s surface, this big stone needs to be cut into an actual diamond. The cutting of the diamond is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects that requires a high level of skill as the cutting of diamonds is when true beauty and sparkle start to come out. After that the creativity and designing of jewellery starts.
A symbol of strength and love
Diamonds are one of the hardest materials on earth. It’s often why they are seen as an indestructible gemstone and act as an unbreakable symbol of strength or love. Back in the 15th century leaders and warriors wore diamonds as a symbol for their supreme strength to make them seem invincible. Nowadays it's a symbol of endless love, which is why engagement rings often include diamonds.
Whenever jewellery is purchased it is important to check if a diamond is real and to determine it’s worth. A diamond’s structure and beauty is determined by the so-called four C’s: Cut, Colour, Carat and Clarity. Together they determine a diamond’s worth.
Rough diamonds are turned into gemstones by the delicate process of cutting and polishing, during which the stone loses up to 50% or 60% of its weight. This takes a lot of skills, knowledge and craftsmanship: not quite a do-it-yourself kinda job. After careful analysis of the stone, its flaws, crystalline perfection and orientation, the optimal cutting shape (Cut) is chosen: Brilliant, Pear, Baguette, Princess or Heart. Also, the diamonds will be polished, if that isn’t done correctly the reflection of the stone is not optimal. The polishing is assessed with Excellent, Very good or Good
Pure diamonds are colourless, but impurities and structural defects cause diamonds to occur in the whole spectrum of the rainbow: brown, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black, grey and white. The colourlessness of diamond ranges from D (colourless) to O.
The term Carat refers to the overall weight of a diamond, because instead of ounces or grams, diamonds are weighed in carats. A diamond’s carat weight is not the same as its size; a common mistake. It is possible for two diamonds to have the same carat weight and yet be different sizes.
Finally, the clarity refers to the absence of imperfections and inclusions, ranging from Flawless to Included on the GIA Diamond Clarity Scale.
At byJacky we set high value on informing you about the diamonds that are used for the jewellery you purchase. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with byJacky if you would like to learn more about the world of diamonds or would like to get your diamonds graded by a certified diamond grader. We’re here to help you find the diamond that