Tightly formed by carbon crystals one hundred miles below the Earth’s crust, the diamond is the hardest gemstone reaching a 10 on Mohs Hardness scale. It is 58 times harder than any other mineral found in nature. A diamond’s resilience and incomparable luster when cut and polished are one of the many reasons it is so desirable.
Though diamonds are known for their colorless sparkle, they are also produced in an array of vibrant colors ranging from pink to black. The more saturated the color, the higher the value. These color-treated diamonds are created in a lab and may be priced higher than colorless diamonds of equal size.
Considered the “King of All Birthstones,” diamonds are admired by men and women all around the globe. In most cases, the diamond has always symbolized everlasting love and beauty making it nearly synonymous with wedding engagements.
Many ancient civilizations wholeheartedly believed that diamonds possessed healing powers and could cure illnesses like brain disease, relieve pituitary gland disorders as well as draw toxins from the blood.
It is believed that the diamond grants the wearer better relationships, increase inner strength, balance, clarity and abundance. Whether your getting engaged or just looking for a meaningful gift to give to someone or yourself, Gabriel & Co. has an array of fine diamond jewelry and engagement rings of different colors and styles.
In the words of the infamous Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
History & Fun Facts
From the Greek word adamas meaning “invincible,” diamonds have been around for more than a billion years, forming in the depths of the earth’s mantle. See more quick facts below.
- It is the most concentrated form of one single chemical element, pure carbon.
- Historians estimate that diamonds were traded as early as 4 B.C.
- The diamond first became popular in India when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers.
- Diamonds, symbolizing beauty and lasting love, are the most popular gemstone for engagement rings. The first recorded diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 by her fiancee, Archduke Maximilian of Austria.
- “Lucy” in the Sky is the name of a star that is a 10 billion-trillion-trillion carat diamond approximately 50 light-years away from earth.
- GIA was the first to create a globally accepted standard for describing diamonds.Today the 4C’s of Diamond Quality (Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight) are the global language of diamond quality.