"I know it's tradition to buy my sweetie a diamond ring to mark our engagement, but what makes diamond so special that it's become the go-to gemstone for bridal jewelry?"
These days, we're all hyper-conscious about price and value, especially when it comes to a huge investment like an engagement ring. This of course results in a lot of questions like, "What makes diamond so special? Other gemstones are just as beautiful, and much cheaper!"
There are several reasons why diamond has become the quintessential gemstone when it comes to your bridal jewelry, and we'll cover the top three right here!
Clocking in at a 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, diamonds are the hardest natural material known to man. While not indestructible, they are very hard to scratch, chip, or break. Of course this is a factor when choosing a ring that she will be wearing for the rest of your shared life! The ring she wears every day will be a symbol of your bond; you don't want to worry that the center stone will be easily damaged or ruined! When put up against other gemstones, diamond will always come out on top as the most durable and long-lasting. You know what they say: A diamond is forever!
Did you know that the youngest mined diamond is well over forty-five million years old? Diamonds are truly a gift from Mother Nature. They are formed in incredibly specific conditions, and over an incredibly long time. Even then, only a fraction of the diamonds mined are considered suitable to be cut and polished for use in something like an engagement ring. One carat of a diamond can come from 250 tons or more, and the rough stones that are mined are not all turned into jewelry. On top of that, approximately 80% of all diamonds are mined in only seven locations in the world. Angola, Australia, Botswana, Namibia, Russia, South Africa and Zaire all boast high diamond production, and as these areas are continually mined, the supply runs short.
You know from your research that the Four C's play a huge part in what makes a diamond beautiful. But what makes a diamond inherently more beautiful than any other gemstone? The natural crystal structure of a diamond results in a refractive index of 2.419, which is incredibly high. What this means is when light hits a diamond, instead of decreasing in wavelength speed, it actually speeds up, resulting in a brightness and sparkle that can't be found anywhere else. A well-cut diamond will result in an even brighter sparkle because the rate of reflection is also very high. Diamond also has a high rate of scintillation, which is what you experience when you see a range of colors as you move a diamond slightly from side to side.
We know that diamond is not the end-all be-all of the engagement ring. In fact, we carry a large selection of lose gemstones like Sapphire for the non-traditional bride. But to help you on your way to finding the perfect ring, it's important to explore all the options (even those that seem most obvious).
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