Diamond jewelry has been valued and worn throughout most of recorded history, although the art and science of cutting loose diamonds is relatively new – and diamond jewelry has only been available to the general public for the last 150 years or so. If you are doing rough work such as working on a car, computers, or you are doing something technical with your hands you shouldn’t wear your diamond jewelry. Take it off and put it in your pocket before you begin working or leave your jewelry at home. Although diamonds are very strong and durable, one big blow can chip a diamond and it would be devastating for something like this to happen. The last thing you want to happen is to have a chipped diamond because you will have to purchase another one or have the stone recut. This will make the stone much smaller when they are finished.
Well, producing a material that is harder than a natural diamond has actually been a goal of scientists for a very long time and in 2004, a group of scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, DC produced gem sized diamonds that are harder than any other crystals. These diamonds were made from a gas mixture at a rate that is 100 times faster than any other method that has been used to date. The crystals were so hard that they actually broke the equipment used and were made in less than a day.
Almost half of all Diamonds come from mines in central and southern Africa. The other half comes from mines in Canada, India, Russia, Brazil and Australia. Today, the jewelry industry is buzzing about high-quality or lab-created diamonds. These synthetic diamonds possess the same molecular structure as natural diamonds. With public concerns about the mining industry, these man-made beauties offer a compelling alternative to the real thing. Stop by our â€˜sanctuary of sparkle’ on Fifth Avenue to view diamond rings and fine jewelry in 3D, and try on actual products – by appointment only.