Diamonds

Diamond

A diamond is the symbol of beauty, wealth and permanence for almost everybody. Diamonds are not only the most valued precious stones with a unique lustre (and for these reasons very expensive) but also the hardest existing stone on the Earth.

As we know, not without reason Marilyn Monroe sang: "Diamonds are a girl's best friend...". With absolute certainty, diamonds are the most durable...

 

Origin of the word

 

The name of this mineral comes from the Greek word adamas - unconquered.

 

 

 

Beliefs

 

The symbol of power and audacity. A diamond gives powers of concentration, brings joy and happiness, luck in love and bolsters courage. A diamond is considered a sacred stone and is regarded as a symbol of purity and peace. It should be shielded from the vision of bad people. If it "experiences" evil, its brightness becomes dim.

 

A diamond protects its owner and deflects bad thoughts that could torment him or her. It also helps to restore peace of mind. Its brightness makes a person healthy and happy. A diamond gained in a dishonest way brings bad luck.    

 

It is a birthstone for people born under Aries, Leo, Libra and Capricorn.

 

 

 

 

 

See diamond engagement rings >>

 

Famous diamonds

 

The biggest diamond found so far is the Cullinan Diamond weighing 3106ct (over 600g!). It was cut into 105 diamonds of which the total mass was 1063.63ct. Among these cut diamonds the most famous are:

  • Cullinan I - "Great Star of Africa" - weights 520.2 ct, that is around 104g. It is the property of the British Crown. 
    See "The Great Star of Africa" >>
  • Cullinan II  - "Lesser Star of Africa" - weights 317.4ct.
    It also belongs to the British Crown jewels.

Other famous diamonds:

 

 

 

 

 

See diamond jewellery >>

 

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Occurrence of diamonds

 

Main countries where diamonds are mined are: Russia, Australia, Republic of South Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Brazil. However, first mentions of diamond fields concern India and come from old Indian manuscripts. 
 

 

 

 

Detailed information about diamonds

 

Diamond is pure carbon (C); crystallizes into the face centred octahedron (the most often) lattice structure. It is characterized by an excellent cleavage along unit cell walls that has a great importance in the stone-cutting process. 

 

Properties:

      • high hardness - 10 in the Mohs Scale! 
      • X-rays permeate through a diamond
      • very distinctive lustre called "diamond lustre"
      • outstanding ability of light dispersion 
      • extremely resistant to chemical changes of the environment - does not dissolve either in acids or bases 
      • very good thermal conduction.

 

Diamonds can be completely colourless or blue, yellow, brown, green, red, grey and black!

 

See a black diamond >>

See a green diamond >>
See a yellow diamond >>

See a reddish diamond >>

 

 

 

Some information about diamonds comes from a Polish book - "Gemologia, czyli nauka o kamieniach szlachetnych i ozdobnych"*
written by Wiesław Heflik and Lucyna Natkaniec-Nowak. There are also much specialist information concerning diamonds. The book is published by "Antykwa" from Cracow.  

* English equivalent: "Gemology, that is, the precious stone science"

 

 

 

 

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