February 9th, 2018

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Diamonds Are A Gem Of Brilliance And Grandeur

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Dr. Phillips

What do you think is the age of a diamond? Is it a decade, a score, or a century? No, actually it has surpassed billions of years of existence! Does it look very young and charming? It is charming, but it is not young. Diamonds are older than the human race. This ability to withstand time is the most precious trait of a diamond. It is billions of years old, but still, it has an unfading beauty that makes everyone amazed.

Are you aware of the attributes of the diamond? It may look fragile, but actually, the diamond is the hardest mineral on earth! It has garnered a score of 10 in Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which is the top rating. The hardness in the scale describes the resistance of the material from scratches. It can cut through glass, too! Diamonds can be scratched when it is rubbed against another diamond, though doing so would damage both gems. It has a lot of colors too. Crystal clear, blue, red, yellow, green, name it! A diamonds rarity is based on its color. The crystal clear ones are the most common while shades of violet and pink are rare.

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Where do they come from, you ask? As usual, it comes from the earth too. Diamonds are being mined as well. They are formed deep in the ground at a high-pressure area of carbon but at a lower temperature compared to other gemstones. Nowadays, even laboratories can serve as diamond mines! Yes, manufacture of diamonds is possible. Scientists use materials that are called diamond simulants, which act as alternatives to natural diamonds. They can look like diamonds, but it is not really a diamond. These materials are then processed to be synthetic diamonds that are far cheaper than natural diamonds.

A diamond simulant can be either natural or artificial. The natural simulants are usually gems by itself such as topaz, beryl, and quartz which are then processed to look like diamonds. These gems have above average hardness and low refraction indexes. Artificial simulants, on the other hand, are those which are made in the laboratories, silicon carbide (moissanite), and cubic zirconia. With the progress of diamond trade increasing demand for materials required to process diamonds are also increasing.

A diamond made in the laboratory is not considered as a fake diamond. It is called unnatural, but considered to be genuine and real. Natural diamonds are more expensive than the man made ones. A good example is the new Star Hybrid simulated diamond, which is harder than moissanite but has the same quality as the natural diamonds. The Star Hybrid is unusual, since it is made up of another material and not from moissante.

However, companies have also developed into new stages of diamond research and are able to use better materials. These companies have gone into a more in depth research with regards to the quality and details of diamonds.

The diamond truly remains to be the image of prominence, the epitome of elegance, and the symbol of royalty. However, we cannot deplete the earths sources of diamonds. Good thing modernization came along and has developed new alternative ways to obtain diamonds.

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