They are shiny, they look great on your finger and you have an insatiable thirst for that bling bling – oh and they are expensive – but do you really know everything there is to know about diamonds.
When it comes down to it, diamonds are like that friend you have – that friend that drives a really fancy car and has a really nice house – but do you really know who that friend is or what that friend does for a living? The physical properties that make a diamond so unique have astonished humans for centuries and modern technology has evolved to help us not only discover the many mysteries of the diamond, but also to exploit them for all they’re worth. The more we know about diamonds, the better we become at utilizing and imitating them in order to serve a whole host of purposes. Here are five things you didn’t know about diamonds.
1. The only aspect of a diamond that is manipulated by human hands is the cut.
Most products that we handle in our day-to-day lives are made almost entirely by human hands – from start to finish. However, diamonds are unique because the only part that is manipulated by human hands is the cut. The rest is entirely up to nature. As for the color, the weight and the clarity – it’s all up to nature. Oftentimes, people assume that the bigger the diamond, the better. However, rough diamonds can often lose as much as half of their weight in order to take advantage of areas that are superb in clarity or color. If a diamond isn’t cut well, it can lose a large amount of value due to the loss of brilliance and scintillation.
2. Diamonds are great thermal conductors.
Due to the strong covalent bonds between the carbon atoms, diamonds make excellent thermal conductors. In fact, they are five times better at conducting heat than copper. For this reason, diamonds feel cool to the touch when they are at or below room temperature, but they also have the capacity to stay hot long after their source of heat is removed. One of the easiest ways to tell a real diamond from a fake is to test its thermal conductivity.
3. Colored diamonds get their colors from a variety of impurities.
Want to know what makes a blue diamond blue? Most fancy colored diamonds get their color from a variety of impurities, which corrupt the crystal lattice structure while the diamond is forming deep within the Earth’s mantle layer. Shades of blue come from boron contamination. Shades of violet come from hydrogen contamination. Pinks, reds and browns come from a sort of plastic deformation that is imposed on the crystal lattice, and greens are actually a form of natural radiation burns caused by proximity to uranium ore.
4. Using an online brokerage service is the easiest and most efficient way to sell your diamond.
If you have a diamond to sell, you don’t want to head down to the local pawnshop. Ideally, you want to use an online brokerage service – like the one provided by North American Diamond Brokers – to find a buyer. Having someone experienced is critical, because that is the only way that you will get the most money for your diamond. Plus, you’ll be able to find a buyer faster and more efficiently.
5. Diamonds aren’t completely impervious to damage.
Diamonds are the hardest known substance – with a score of 10 on Moh’s hardness scale, they are 40 times harder than Corundum, which is number 9 on the scale. In fact, the word ‘diamond’ comes from the Greek word for indestructible. That said, they aren’t scratch resistant, and depending on the way they are cut, they can be very brittle and easy to chip. If you have multiple diamonds in your jewelry box, you want to be sure to keep them separated so that they don’t scratch one another. In general, you want to keep your jewelry box very organized because your diamonds could do some serious damage to other gemstones – they can be especially damaging to pearls.
So there you have it, five little known facts about diamonds. To learn more, be sure to tune into our blog; it’s full of fun, fascinating facts about diamonds and updates on the industry at large.