You see them in every jewelry store and jewelry advertisement – –

Songs have been written about them, (Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds;) and “wanna be” brides are anxious to get that diamond ring!  

But what do you really know about Diamonds?

Diamonds are the traditional birthstone for April, and the gemstone gift for the 10th, 60th, and 75th wedding anniversaries.

We mostly see polished, faceted diamonds…but they exist in other forms as well: rough cubes, octahedrons, spheres, and more.

Polished, Faceted Diamond

Rough Cube

They are the only gemstones composed of only one element: Carbon (the same stuff as coal!) and they form only under extreme heat and pressure conditions about 100 miles deep into the Earth.  

Large Chip in Diamond

They are the hardest naturally occurring substance found on Earth yet they CAN break! If you hit a diamond hard enough you can cause a fracture or chip off a bit.   Personally, I didn’t know this until I started working with a company that does diamond replacements for people who have filed insurance claims. I’ve seen all kinds of damaged diamonds, so they’re not as indestructible as people think.

Diamond Octahedron

Diamond Sphere

If you have a good quality diamond 1/2 carat or more in size, it’s a good idea to have it appraised and insured. Why? Because they increase in value over time, and if you damage or lose it in the future, you may be unpleasantly shocked at how much it costs to replace it in like, kind, and quality.

If you like the look of diamonds but want a less pricey alternative, consider White Sapphire, White Topaz, White Zircon, Goshenite Beryl, Petalite, and Danburite.  (All deserve their own posts…someday…)

There’s so much more to say about diamonds…but this is enough for now.

Full Disclosure: I am not a Gemologist, just someone who loves gemstones and reads a lot!  🙂