Diamond Myths and Misconceptions
Diamond - Myths and Misconceptions
Diamonds are the hardest material found on earth. They resist scratching better than anything else. Other than that, they hold no unique distinctions. All gem-quality materials are rare. They compose just a tiny fraction of the Earth. However, diamonds actually number among the most common gems. Ask yourself this: “How many people do you know who own at least one diamond?” Now, ask this question about other gems, like rubies, sapphires, or emeralds.
While we have much to learn about the Earth’s interior, our current knowledge of gem formation indicates that diamonds are likely the most common gem in nature.
Outside the confines of the Earth, diamonds are still common. A recent discovery indicates that some stars collapse on themselves, creating giant diamond crystals. In the constellation Centaurus, there lies a white dwarf that has crystallized into a diamond about 2,500 miles in diameter and weighing 10 billion, trillion, trillion carats.
Note: Mn Diamonds / Moissanite Diamonds have the same hardness as Natural Diamonds. Gemologist consider them Diamonds since they have the same composition but are man made. Lab-made diamonds have the same thermal and electrical conductivity as mined diamonds. So, they will pass a diamond tester.
MYTH: Diamonds are the Most Valuable Gem
You can’t judge one gem species as the most valuable. To compare gem value, you have to evaluate gems according to size and quality. The table below shows values for top quality gems of different sizes. However, please note that pure red rubies are so rare there is no trade data available. The ruby prices listed are for Burmese rubies.
|Species||1 carat||1-5 carat||5+ carats|
As you can see, while costly, diamonds aren’t the most expensive gem in any size.
MYTH: Diamonds are Precious Stones
“Precious” means valuable. In the 18th century, a French jeweler began describing gems as either precious or semiprecious stones. While you’ll find these categories still used in merchandising, professional gemologists frown upon these terms. This distinction has no real meaning. For example, garnet gems traditionally fall into the semiprecious category. Nevertheless, tsavorite garnets, for example, have sold for as much as $10,000 per carat. That seems pretty “precious” to me!
MYTH: Diamonds are the Most Brilliant Gemstone
The faceting and the refractive index (RI) of a gem determine its brilliance. That means how much light it reflects back to the viewer. Diamonds do have a very high RI of 2.41. If properly cut, diamonds have the potential for exceptional brilliance. However, that pales in comparison to rutile’s RI of 2.90. Not counting synthetics, at least 8 minerals have a higher RI than diamond.
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Boasting fire, brilliance, and sparkles more than any gemstone on earth. MN unique
gemstone composition and crystalline structure give it significantly greater brilliance.
Moissanite is a man created Diamond of the highest quality that have a high cost of production.
In fact they have more sparkle than regular diamonds and about the same hardness 9.25.
Just like diamond, Moissanite is scratch resistant and will never fade, cloud or change colour after prolonged wear.
An alternative to expensive diamonds that cost much more yet no one can tell the difference.
No worries about insurance, losing it when travelling or theft.
Gemologists accept MN as a Diamond only difference it is man made.
The human genius has been able to match mother nature.
Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Real Diamonds?
Chemically, physically, and optically, lab-grown diamonds are identical to natural ones. They’re real diamonds with the same crystal structure and beautiful sparkle, but just a bit easier on your pocketbook.
That’s why they’ve become so popular, and why top diamond jewelers have opted to offer them along with their selection of natural diamonds.
About ⅔ of people aged 21-40 who are shopping for an engagement ring are now willing to consider lab-grown diamonds. Due to natural diamond sticker shock, that’s not too surprising. Lab-grown diamonds average about 30-40% of the price of comparable natural ones. Plus, they look the same. With lower prices and guaranteed ethical sourcing, a lab-grown diamond is a practical and guilt-free alternative.
Can You Tell the Difference Between a Lab-Made Diamond and a Natural One?
With the human eye, there’s no way to tell the difference between a lab-made diamond and a natural one.