April Birthstone: Diamond


The name diamond is adopted from the Greek word “adamas”, meaning “invincible”.  Diamonds aren’t actually “invincible”, but as close as it gets in nature.

They are the hardest natural substance on earth, they can only be cut by other diamonds, and broken only when struck hard and precisely on certain spots in their crystal structure.

It’s this “invincible” quality that has made them the most powerful symbol of love and commitment.  When you give a diamond engagement ring, you’re not just saying “Here’s an fancy gift.  Let’s get hitched.”  (well, some guys say that)

You’re giving a gift that says “My love for you is invincible.  I will stand by your side through thick-and-thin.  Rich or poor.  Until the day I die.”

…It also helps that they sparkle like crazy and make people happy.  For all these reasons, diamonds are the ultimate gemstone choice for fine jewelry, and for sending a message of love.

Fancy Colored Diamonds

When most people think of diamonds, they think of “ice”-like sparkle.  But diamonds also come in a wide range of colors such as black, blue, green, pink, red, purple, orange and yellow.

The color is dependent upon the type of additional, natural elements that are present in the stone. Yellow diamonds, for example, are caused by small traces of nitrogen.  Blue ones contain boron.

Fancy-color diamonds are natural, rare and truly exotic gems of the earth.  Diamonds in hues of yellow, red, pink, blue, and green range in intensity from faint to vivid.  As a general rule, the more saturated and intense the color, the higher the value.

In fact, diamonds sparkling with intense color are so rare that they are often priced higher than a colorless diamond of the same size.

Because fancy-color diamonds are very rare and desirable, color is sometimes introduced in a laboratory.  These are correctly called color-treated diamonds.

They are a great way to get the look of colored diamonds, with a smaller price tag.  Just know they are generally lower quality diamonds that weren’t desirable in their natural condition, so they were treated in a lab.

When purchasing a fancy-color diamond, always know first if any enhancements or treatments were used to improve its color and/or clarity.

 

Want to know more about diamonds? We've written about them in a lot of other blog posts:

The Complete Guide to How To Buy A Diamond

The Guide To Classic Diamond Jewelry

The Truth About Blood Diamonds

How To Buy Fancy Colored Diamonds

Jewelry Myths: "Diamond Aren't Rare"