We often hear people say “A dog is man’s best friend” or “A good car is man’s best partner.” I say, if men have all these things close to heart, then what do women have?
It’s simple. Women have diamonds.
This may not be the first time you’re hearing this but diamonds is said to be every woman’s best friend. And why wouldn’t they be? They’re pretty, shiny, and simply mesmerizing. They’re definitely the perfect accessory to wear to every occasion. But of course, such brilliance cannot be coveted so easily. Diamonds are often sold at a relatively high price. It’s been ages and we haven’t seen much change in its value. This is when diamonds have gotten their popular tag line:
“Diamonds are forever.”
True enough, diamond is indeed a mineral crystal that is built to last a lifetime – no, make that several lifetimes. The secret behind this resilience and stamina diamonds have to tear and wear lie in their organic composition (read more). I believe that the very first thing that we have to learn in order to understand this mineral’s true worth is its organic make-up.
What Goes Into Each Diamond?
According to this website, there are four different processes that would lead to the formation of diamonds. And they almost always form in these places: Earth’s Mantle, Subduction Zones, Impact Sites, and Space.
Contrary to popular opinion, coal is not the real source of diamonds. Actually, they hardly have anything to do with the creation of these dazzling crystals. There are cases that would involve it but the numbers are pretty minimal and some diamonds are dated back to way before the Earth even grew plants – which as you all know is where coal comes from.
For a diamond to be created, extreme temperatures are required. It would need to be around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. On top of the Earth, it would be next to impossible to produce and maintain such high temperatures – it would basically lead to something blowing up (but we eventually got the hang of it though). This is why diamonds are formed wherever these temperatures are attainable – near the Earth’s core and impact sites of asteroids. Diamonds have also been found to form in subduction zones – or rocks that been driven deep into the mantle due to plate tectonic processes. You can check out more information about this in diamondcuts.com review
Okay. So I know this sounds all “science-y” and it’s probably far from what you thought you’ll be reading when we began this article. However, it is important that you at least have a general idea of what it takes to create a diamond. Otherwise, how will you feel justified with your purchases?
Natural VS Lab Diamonds
Remember how I said earlier that it’s “next to impossible” to procure diamonds on the Earth’s surface? Well, I was telling the truth. I did not say it was impossible to create one though.
Laboratory-created diamonds exist in this day and age. In the 1950’s, scientists and researchers have managed to replicate the conditions in which these mineral stones form. They’ve been able to produce the right temperature, gather the right compounds, and apply the right pressure. However, lab-made diamonds do not have the same level of quality natural diamonds have. They often rank lower in the 4 C’s (Clarity, Color, Carat, Cut). That doesn’t mean they are no good though. In fact, they are very helpful in the industrial setting. They are used to create cutting tools and drill bits. After all, diamonds used to be the hardest carbon material in the world (Now we have the buckballs, check this out: https://newatlas.com/diamond-dent/23805/). Scoring a ten in the Mohs scale of hardness, it’s definitely a formidable mineral.
However, it stands to show that natural diamonds will cost you way more than laboratory produced ones. Its rarity, intricacy, and complexity remain unrivalled. This is what makes the natural crystal so expensive. This is what you are paying for.
Now, if you can tell me a way to create artificial diamonds that are 100% like the original, then maybe the industry might consider lowering its price. To think that such brilliance and beauty is brought about by extreme conditions is a miracle all and by itself. It is undeniably precious – much like every woman in the world.