Composed of carbon, which has been pressurized under the Earth's surface for thousands of years, a diamond has been one of the most precious and desired stones since the dawn of time. These coveted stones are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging from shades of pink, blue, green, and purple, to red, orange, yellow, and even black.
Buying a Diamond
One of the most important things to consider when buying diamonds are the 4 C's, or the Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat of the stone. Prices of diamonds depend majorly on these. Always go for a diamond that has a superior cut and clarity. Color and carat can then depend on the budget you have set aside to buy the stone. Obviously, the higher the carat of the diamond, the higher is the cost.
Diamonds are also produced artificially. Such diamonds are usually low in cost, and are mostly used for industrial purposes to cut through hard metals. Diamonds are also used on the tips of machines used to cut and polish precious stones. These are very rarely used in jewelry, and are made for industrial purposes only.
~ Diamonds are found mainly in South Africa, Russia, and parts of the USA. Deposits are generally found in areas which have had a high volcanic activity in the past, which explains how these pressurized bits of carbon reached the surface.
~ A diamond is held to be the stone for the planet Venus. This is the planet of love, beauty, and creativity. A diamond ring is usually worn in the ring finger, because it is said that the vein of love (which is a vein that flows directly to the heart) lies in this finger. This is probably the reason why diamonds are used for engagement rings the world over.