Diamonds are found in a variety of colors. Blue and
pink diamonds are among the rarest, and yellow and
brown as among the most common.
What are the "4Cs" of diamond grading?
They are cut, color,
clarity and carat. These 4Cs were created by the
Gemological Institute of America to help standardize
diamond grading worldwide.
Origin of the wedding / engagement ring
The circular shape of a wedding ring symbolizes
eternal love. Gold represents enduring beauty, purity,
and strength, all appropriate marriage sentiments. Why
wear the ring on the third finger of the left hand?
The ancient Egyptians believed that the vein in that
finger ran directly to the heart.
What does the word "diamond" mean?
The word comes from
the Greek word "adamas," and this means "unconquerable
What is the earliest record of a man giving a diamond
to a woman for her hand in marriage?
In 1477 the Archduke
of Austria gave a diamond to Mary of Burgundy. Today,
some 500 years later, diamonds are the most popular
gemstones in engagement rings.
Although the U.S. accounts for less than one-percent
of total global gemstone productions, America buys
more than half of the world's total gem quality
diamonds - accounting for the world's largest diamond
Diamonds are the only gemstones composed of just one
chemical element, carbon. Although crystal-clear, it
is black when reduced to dust.
It is believed that a diamond: endows the wearer with
courage and fortitude; brings victory and good
fortune; wards off evil; protects against the plague;
promotes constancy in a marriage.