The pressure of finding a good partner to spend your life with is a constant stress in many people’s lives. And yet, ironically, it is the same pressure that makes some of the most stunning gems in history.
Although diamonds are the hardest known natural material, they are also one of the weakest. In fact, diamond is about 1/2 as strong as granite and would shatter like glass when suddenly compressed. However, when subjected to slow strain over long periods of time (on the order of 100 million years or more), pressure causes a diamond to deform plastically, or flow like a fluid. This plastic deformation creates internal stresses in the crystal, which are released by cracking into beautiful gem quality diamonds.
How diamonds have defied their natural state and have become invaluable cultural symbols loved by people all around the world
The pressure that gives diamonds their stunning beauty and luster is in fact the same pressure that makes these stones so difficult to mine. This pressure pushed the diamonds deep into the earth, giving them time to grow and develop as they slowly pushed through miles of crust. Gentle pressures and weak temperatures throughout the earth’s crust pushed the diamonds to develop a special molecular bond that helped them resist the pressure. This molecular bond developed with time, and this would allow diamond to maintain their hardness and brilliance at depths of over 100 miles underground. Once they were discovered they were so valuable that they became a symbol of wealth and status.
“diamonds and stress have this to thank for their existance” : “How diamonds have defied their natural state and have become invaluable cultural symbols loved by people all around the world”
Title:Diamonds are in the air you breathe, they’re on your skin and they’re in your lunch meat. Diamonds are a substance we never see, but know with all of our lives…in fact, we depend on them for every breath we take. Diamonds are forever. – Lady Gaga, “Venus”
Title:Diamonds in the air
Diamonds are not a naturally occurring substance. What we call “diamonds” actually come from the South African oralloy eucymocrocite , which is converted into diamond with heat and pressure by a process called high-pressure solution carbonation (HPS). HPS is also used to make steel and concrete.
Dubbed the “poor man’s diamond,” these tiny crystals are made of metal silicates (rock material) where carbon atoms have been replaced by silicon. They are very strong, but still fragile and easily broken.
Why diamonds are now more valuable than ever before
Diamonds are still beautiful and valuable, but they are also more accessible than ever before due to the recovery of old mines and the rise of modern microchip diamond saws. Whereas it used to be that diamonds could only be found in large pieces broken into smaller stones at one of the few places where they could easily be mined, now we have entire mountains of diamonds that can be cut up at will. Today, every time someone wears a diamond ring or brings home a new engagement ring, they are declaring their everlasting love and commitment to their partner. And while they will never be able to pay off the mortgage or invest in the kids college fund, they can use this diamond as an investment in the future.
The idea of diamonds as an investment has been around for centuries. People have always believed that diamonds are a good investment but it didn’t take long for it to be proven. In the 1860s, a diamond dealer named Böckmann bought a broken diamond from the De Beers mine in South Africa and set about trying to figure out what made it so valuable. Böckmann realized that diamond rough was not an exact commodity, but something like gold in that it could be found in small amounts, broken up into many smaller pieces. Böckmann also understood that the way diamonds are cut (through the process of polishing), is similar to gold’s polishing process. By analyzing the diamond’s luster and figuring out how deep shear planes go inside the stone, Böckmann was able to predict how much pure diamonds could be mined from a particular mine. Böckmann’s predictions made him a very rich man and he used his money to buy other mines to further ensure his profits.
The history of diamonds and how they became so important in society
Diamonds came to be so important in human history because they are a very pure form of carbon. Carbon is the basis of all life, and diamonds are the purest form. Carbon is useful because it combines with other elements such as hydrogen and nitrogen in all living things, from plants and animals to the air we breath and the earth we live on. It holds energy within complex molecules called amino acids that respond to light to help us see and respond chemically to our environment. All the diamonds mined in the world today have been around for billions of years, first as part of the earth’s crust and now as an essential part of all life on earth.
The first diamonds were generated in the earth’s molten core around three and a half billion years ago, when carbon from the primordial atmosphere began to crystallize into diamond. It is estimated that in this process, carbon combined with all of the elements except nitrogen and hydrogen to form the first consistent diamonds. The diamonds formed by this process are called kimberlite. They are the most pure natural diamonds on earth. Many of the gems we now find in jewelry stores come from these rocks.
How to buy a diamond for the best price possible in 2019 with these 3 tips from a real diamond dealer
The first tip for anyone interested in buying a diamond is to set a budget. You must know how much you are willing to spend and what that amount will buy you in terms of size, clarity, and cut. An inexpensive stone will still have just as much sparkle but not nearly the same brilliance or durability. The second tip is to do your research before you shop. There are many reputable websites out there that can help you learn more about diamonds and how to pick the best one for you. Two of the most popular are James Allen and Blue Nile. The third tip is to take your time. Thinking you are getting a good deal means nothing if you don’t have the proper diamond. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, shop around, and compare prices.
All in all, diamonds are just a beautiful thing to behold and afford them is an excellent way to make sure that you get what you want at the price point that you want.
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