A Diamond’s Journey: From Rock To Bling

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Where do diamonds come from? How are diamonds formed? These are some of Google’s top searched questions about diamonds. In this article, we will answer all your questions by taking you through a diamond’s journey.

HOW A DIAMOND IS FORMED

Diamonds were formed 3 billion years ago. They were formed 150-200km beneath the surface of the earth temperatures average about 900 to 1300 degree celsius and at the pressure of 45 to 60 kilobars. This causes carbon atoms to crystallise which forms diamonds.

HOW DIAMONDS ARE FOUND

It can take decades to find diamonds. But with modern technology, careful analysis of soil sampling of identified areas make it easier for miners to find a diamond presence without doing much damage to the environment.  

CONSIDERATIONS WHEN MINING FOR DIAMONDS

When looking for a location to mine in, it’s more than the presence of diamonds that is considered. The protection of biodiversity and the support of the communities all play key factors in a miner’s decision. Once all key factors are met, highly skilled experts will work with the latest-cutting edge tools to recover diamonds safely and sustainably.

All diamonds listed by LUXIEE’s suppliers are required to be conflict-free. These diamonds have undergone the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to certify the origin of the rough diamond from conflict-free sources. We have verified and signed contacts with the sellers to guarantee that the diamonds listed on LUXIEE are conflict-free.


PROCESSING DIAMONDS

To acquire diamonds, ores have to be first crushed and mixed with a slurry. This process takes advantage of the properties of the diamonds, such as its attraction to grease, to obtain them.

DIAMONDS TAKING ITS SHAPE

Diamonds obtained from ores usually resemble lumps of pale coloured glass, usually with an oily appearance and it does not sparkle. These diamond roughs are examined by experienced diamond cutters before its being marked for cutting. The roughs will be cut using various methods, however once the cutter starts cutting, there will be no room for error.

GIVING DIAMONDS ITS SPARKLE

After a diamond is cut, the cutter then places the diamond on a rotating arm and  polished using a spinning wheel. Fun fact! The polishing wheel used has been used for centuries, invented in 1456, it is coated with a mixture of diamond dust and olive oil. In the hands of a diamond expert, these roughs are brought to life, sparkling with brilliance, fire and light.

GRADING DIAMONDS 

Once the diamonds have been bedazzled, they are sent to the various grading institutes to be graded. Grading is important as it affects how a diamond is valued by retailers.

When it comes to trustworthiness,The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is known to be the standard bearer when it comes to diamond grading — the 4Cs. Diamonds that arrive at GIA labs are placed in transparent storage cases tagged with a barcode with all references to its owner removed. Such procedures are set in place to ensure the level of anonymity and objectivity during the grading process.

Read The Diamond Jargon Handbook and The Diamond Jargon Handbook Vol.II to gain a better understanding about the 4Cs and more.

DIAMONDS: AN ETERNAL MESSAGE

The end of a diamond’s journey is the beginning of happiness for many. Diamonds are able to express emotions words rarely can. A diamond’s transcendent natural beauty is a potent symbol of romance, everlasting commitment, passion and love. They are often gifted as engagement rings, anniversary presents and even heirlooms that can be passed down generations.


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