19 Things You Need to Know About Diamonds

When it comes to diamonds, a wealth of information is available at your fingertips. And it’s a good thing, considering they are simultaneously the most popular gemstone and the most difficult to shop for. We aren’t shy about sharing how to get a great deal on a diamond, nor so we have any issues telling our shoppers exactly how to get the engagement ring they want. But by far and away, our favorite thing to talk about is a diamond’s 4 C’s.

Cut – Always buy the very best cut grade you can afford. It’s what gives a diamond its sparkle, fire, brilliance, and life. Without a good cut grade, all the other criteria are useless.

Carats – Shop for a diamond just a leeeetle bit lighter than your ideal carat weight. So a 1.89 carat diamond instead of an even 2 carats. It can save you thousands, and you’ll never be able to spot the difference.

Color – Depending on your diamond’s shape, the color grade that will look best can vary. For round brilliants, Shop for stones in the G/H color range to get an amazing quality without the premium price. For step cuts like emerald, you need to step (pun intended) it up a notch. Don’t go any higher than an F color grade for maximum impact.

Clarity – Again, your diamond’s shape should determine just how high your clarity grade needs to be. Brilliant shapes let you go all the way up to VS2 (and even an eye-clean SI1) and still have a beautiful stone. Cleaner cuts like emerald and asscher kindly request that you look more in the VVS – VS range to maximize your budget and the diamond’s beauty.

But enough about the 4 C’s – you can read all about them here. There are many more important diamond facts to know – 19 to get started.

  1. The largest diamond ever discovered on (in) U.S. soil is the Uncle Sam, from Arkansas, weighing in at 40.23 carats.

 

  1. It takes about 250 tons of mined earth to get one 1 carat diamond.

 

  1. A diamond’s melting point is 6420 degrees Farenheit.

 

  1. Most of today’s diamonds are about 3 billion years old.

 

  1. There are white dwarf stars with a diamond core.

 

  1. The largest known “space diamond” is a casual 10 billion trillion trillion carats.

 

  1. Scientists have discovered a diamond planet, 55 Cranri E.

 

  1. 80% of mined diamonds aren’t jewelry-quality and are used for industrial purposes.

 

  1. Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth.

 

  1. Ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splintered stars, fallen to earth.

 

  1. Diamonds are pure crystalized carbon.

 

  1. The average price of an engagement ring in the US is $5,000.

 

  1. The highest price ever paid for a diamond was $48.4 million for the Blue Moon Diamond. The 12.03 carat Internally Flawless fancy vivid blue sold at Sotheby’s Geneva to notorious Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau, for his seven-year-old daughter, Josephine. This record was set after the $83.2 million sale of the Pink Star fell through.

 

  1. The largest diamond ever found came from South Africa’s Cullinan mine and weighed 3106 carats.

 

  1. Most jewelry-quality diamond mines are now in Russia.

 

  1. 75% of all brides in the US will wear a diamond ring.

 

  1. The first engagement ring was given in 1477 when the Archduke of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy.

 

  1. The first diamonds were discovered in India 4,000 years ago.

 

  1. Not all diamonds are white – most have some form of color. Typically they are yellow – brown, with the rarer colors of pink, blue, red, and green commanding a premium.

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