When someone makes a decision to go out and purchase a diamond, it becomes a very big decision indeed. There are so many different things to think about when you decide to buy a diamond or a piece of jewelry with diamonds in it. It is important to do your research and learn everything you can about them.
The very first diamonds were found thousands of years ago in India. In the 1700s diamonds were also found in Brazil. More recently, diamonds were found in a mine in Arkansas. The largest diamond ever found in the United States was named the Uncle Sam Diamond, weighing in at approximately 40 carats was found in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
Learning all about diamonds can be a difficult task. There are so many things to know about them. There are different sites on the Internet you can go to and there are many books you can obtain from a bookstore or library that will give you information all about diamonds.
There are colored diamonds that are rare and therefore will be very expensive. Then there are the clear, colorless diamonds that, based on their clarity and size, are less expensive. It is very important to come up with a budget with which to plan your diamond-buying experience so that you know what you will be able to purchase with the money you have saved.
When learning all about diamonds it is essential to be sure you know about the “Four Cs” when choosing a diamond. First, there is the carat. This is the weight of the diamond and based on this information can make a diamond more or less expensive. Then there is the cut of the diamond. This is how the diamond is shaped by the jeweler and will determine how light bounces off of it. The most common cuts are pear, emerald, marquise and brilliant. The next “C” is clarity. This determines how pure the diamond is. Diamonds come in all varieties and can come completely without flaws or with many of them. Finally, there is the color of the diamond. The most common colors are white, yellow and brown. Diamonds also come in a wide variety of other shades such as red, blue, pink, and even black. A diamond that has a very light coloring is considered a fancy diamond. They are rare, expensive and sometimes difficult to find.
When we think of diamonds we think of them being beautiful, precious gems that are worn by people of royalty. There are several diamonds that became famous. There is the Cullinan Diamond, which was founded in South Africa in 1905. This diamond weighed approximately 3,000 carats and was cut into nine large stones and almost 100 smaller stones. Probably more known than other famous diamonds is the Hope Diamond. This diamond was found in India in the 17th century and weighed in at approximately 45 carats. Its owners were Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It can be seen today on display in Washington, D.C. at the American Museum of Natural History.
There is something about diamonds that many people do not know. Diamonds are used for many reasons and only about 20% of them are used for jewelry. Diamonds are also used for cutting tools, polishing hard metals, record player and videodisc needles and in laboratory instruments. They are used in a variety of different ways to help various industries get work done. They are beautiful to look at and reflect the light of the sun and other artificial light making them glowing, radiant works of art.