A coveted, natural stone known for its sparkling brilliance, shine, and exuberance, have you ever wondered when did diamonds originate? A dazzler celebrating enduring, unconditional love in its purest form, diamonds have a long-standing history. The name diamond is derived from the Greek word, ‘Adamas’, which means an unconquerable spirit. Quite beautifully explains the tough composition of diamonds, formed under extreme pressures and calamitic situations.
Accounting for the many factors while locking in on your diamond rings, such as the
quality, clarity, design, and style, it is essential to know about this beautiful stone’s rich past and origins.
Back to the Past: A Run Through the Shining Affair
It’s believed that the earliest diamonds originated in the 4th century BC in India. However, its raw deposits formed as early as a billion years ago. Back then, diamonds were used for many purposes, such as jewelry, cutting tools, evil, and war protectants. Diamonds became popular mainly for trade purposes due to their illuminating brilliance, strength, and refractive power.
After India’s resources to source diamonds depleted in the 18th century, Brazil and South Africa arose as popular diamond hubs. As their supplies increased, they began to lose their exclusivity. In 1880, Englishman Cecil John Rhodes revolutionized the diamond industry by founding the DeBeers Consolidated Mines Ltd to regulate production.
Flash-forward to the present, out of 30 countries, ten locations have emerged as the biggest producers of diamonds worldwide in terms of volume. These are:
- 1. Russia
- 2. Botswana
- 3. Congo
- 4. Australia
- 5. Canada
- 6. Zimbabwe
- 7. Angola
- 8. South Africa
- 9. Namibia
- 10. Sierra Leonne
While we may have wondered periodically about the process of creating such piercingly glistening crystals, did you know that the answer to this mystery lies in nature?
Nature Tales: What Are Diamonds Made Of?
Proven as the hardest natural substance, diamonds are known for their durability and unparalleled brightness dipped in the foundation of everlasting love and marriage – the inherent strength of character and integrity.
Diamonds are made of a single element component – carbon. Formed deep under the earth’s mantle, diamonds travel up to the surface through a particular kind of volcanic eruption called the Kimberlite eruption that last occurred a billion years ago. The mantel, made of solid rocks is propertied in magnesium, iron, and carbon. The earth’s core beneath the mantle is built of molten metals. Its high pressure, high-temperature environment above 1000 o C leads to the formation of chemical bonds amongst the carbon atoms, which naturally multiplies. Once they have bonded, carbon atoms need to experience natural acute pressure to transfigure into sturdy, toughened crystals. Once carbon transforms into diamonds, it then surfaces on the earth.
How Are the Beautiful Diamonds Discovered? - Understanding Mining
To extract raw diamonds from underneath the surface, manufacturers use a host of mining techniques. This process begins with a diamond prospector traveling across the world to test soil samples to discover minerals and rocks that can yield results. Once they find their primary and secondary deposits, they start mining in open-cut or underground mines through several methods such as:
1. Open-pit mining: This primary deposit-bearing style involves removing layers of sand and rocks by blasting the ore and transporting the material to a primary ore crusher to begin the process of diamond removal.
2. Underground Mining: Consisting of building tunnels at two levels, mining starts once the ore is blasted at the top level, which falls through the funnels and is amassed in the second tunnel. The broken pieces are then collected and brought to the surface for processing.
3. Alluvial Mining: Alluvial mining consists of constructing a large wall that collects water in an area to accumulate the diamonds found in the mud or aquatic plant life gravel, which are then tugged to the surface for refining.
4. Marine Mining: Using either specialized technology or extensive drills that are attached to large ships, diamond deposits are excavated from deep underwater seabeds.
Once the initial extraction process is complete, the rough diamond undergoes another rigorous procedure to emerge as the glistening jewel we all adore.
Quality Check: The Finest Diamonds at Gabriel & Co.
Globally acceptable standards to distinguish superior quality diamonds are based on the 4c’s- color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. While diamonds range from the icy-white colorless sparklers to the expensive colored ones, a well-defined cut, clarity level, and carat weight determine the grade assigned to this rare stone.
Are you wondering why we are imparting this bejeweled lesson? Just the way all that glitters is not always gold, the gleaming diamonds can be deceptive too.
Priding ourselves as a brand that aims at selling infinite happiness, take a look at some of our best-sellers that are testified by credible authenticity certificates.
1. Made in 18K white gold, this 2.5ct oval diamond engagement ring pays tribute to the bride who loves spontaneity and surprise. Boasting a blink-and-miss halo, the flawless clarity and reflective color depict the mutual, enduring bond exclusive to the lovebirds.
2. This 18K White Gold Oval Five Stone Diamond Engagement Ring raises the style barometer and screams of a royal affair. The 2.5ct oval center makes for classic, radiating brilliance, replete with complimentary oval stones and baguette accented sides.
3. Exuding an everlasting aura, this linear 5-stone engagement ring is designed for a 2.75ct emerald stone. The baguette and princess side stones give it a geometric appeal, molded beautifully in 18K white gold. Doesn’t this beauty look resplendent?
4. This 18K White-Gold Round Engagement Ring glimmers in its flawless form. With a crystal-clear color realm and its 3ct center stone, this stone illuminates great depth representing the pillars of an enduring, fulfilling relationship.
5.Etched in the footprints of time, the 18K White Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring bridges the past and present through their clear-cut refractive, clean lines. The 3ct emerald cut center stone perfectly sits amidst a pair of baguette side stones, emanating a prism-like quality.
6. Representing an equal partnership, this 14K White Gold Three Row Diamond Station Ring highlights a total of 1.23ct of diamonds. Complete with pronged and petite pave diamonds, this band is an understated style statement that wins hearts all over.
7. We ought to spoil you with some dazzlers from our collection with all those spectacular rings. These gorgeous 14K White Gold Curved Diamond Linear Stud Earrings weigh a total of 1.60ct. Filled with worthy diamonds, these delicate pieces alluringly signify a trusted leap of faith.
8. Creating a quintessential set for our blushing bride-to-be, this 14K White Gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet weighing 3.85ct shimmers its way into our hearts with its gentle yet striking demeanor.
9. This ravishing 14K White Gold Necklace houses round-cut diamonds in a graduating manner. Filled with 2.89cts of twinkling stones, the tapering effect lends tenderness, paying ode to the inherent nuances of a modern woman. Moreover, you can pair it up with some of the other pieces suggested and be a showstopper.
While customers dote over the sparkling, finished product showcased in the store or online, there is so much toil, thought, craft, and precision that goes into mining and enhancing those aesthetically beautiful stones from their raw form. Synonymous with how the journey of life is, passion, and perseverance put together transform a dark element like carbon into exquisite diamonds that we all can’t get enough of.