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GEMS April – Metaphysical & Healing properties of Diamonds

by JewelStruck on Apr.30, 2010, under GEMS

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With last post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – April on Diamonds, we would be posting about Metaphysical and Healing properties of Diamond. Would also add pointers on how to care for Diamond Jewelry. But first of all showcasing a very beautiful Diamond brooche by somma –

Diamond, florentine oval broche, gold by Somma.

Diamond, florentine oval broche in gold

Coming back to properties of Diamond, its not only the hardest stone (10 on Mohs scale) but also hardest mineral on earth. It is graded by four C’s: cut, color, clarity and carat.

  • Being most recently chosen for Engagement rings, Diamond is a stone that bonds relationships and enhances love. It brings longevity, particularly to relationships, balance, clarity and abundance.
  • In ancient times, diamonds were worn as tumbled stones. They were treasured for their beauty as a gemstone.
    It can amplify one’s thoughts, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Because of its hardness and it’s common associated with the Sun. It gives one who wears or carries it courage and hope.
  • In Ancient times, crushed diamond has been used for curing many ailments.
  • Diamond is also known as master healer, its associated with crown chakra. It helps breaking up blockages in crown chakra and enhances personality.

Although Diamond in hardest substance on earth, but exposure to harsh chemical can effects its sparkle. So its recommended to clean it with soap and water, using a soft brush. Also to avoid chipping and scratching, you should not wear with while doing any strenuous activity. So thats all we have on Diamonds in this series, we would be back with another Gemstone for May month soon. You can email us your suggestions or feedback at info@jewelstruck.com, so till next post keep rocking. Take care!

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GEMS April – Types of Diamond

by JewelStruck on Apr.21, 2010, under GEMS

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Continuing with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) for April month, we would be posting about types of Diamonds. Also showcasing a very beautiful Diamond ring by rcnevada. If you have anything to share on Diamonds, do email us as info@jewelstruck.com.

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Diamond ring by rcnevada

Coming back to types, Natural Diamonds can be categorized into 4 types, depending on the impurity levels.

  • 1a – It is the most common form of Diamonds and contains about 0.3% of Nitrogen. It absorbs blue light and so are generally light yellow or brown in color.
  • 1b – They are very rare in nature, about 0.1% of total. In them the nitrogen atoms occur isolated throughout the carbon lattice. In general have a more intense color than Type Ia diamonds, absorbing green as well as blue light. They can appear yellow, orange, green or brown in color.
  • 2a – They contain very negligible amount of impurities and are considered purest form of Diamonds. These are generaly colorless.
  • 2b – They occour very rare and may contain even lower concentrations of nitrogen than 2a. But they contain boron impurities at the atomic level, because of which they are generaly bluish in color. They constitute about 0.1 percent of total

Other than natural Diamonds, diamonds can be synthesized too. Two of the methods used are High Pressure High Temperature Synthesis using graphite and another growth technique called Chemical Vapour Deposition(CVD).

So thats all we had on types of Diamonds, we will be back with next post in this series soon.

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GEMS April – Mines of Diamond

by JewelStruck on Apr.19, 2010, under GEMS

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With second post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) for April month, we would be posting about Diamond mines. Also showcasing a very beautiful 3 stone ring by sirtrentalot. If you would like to share anything on Diamonds, please email us at info@jewelstruck.com

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Three stone ring with channel setting

Continuing with Diamond mines – with a value of about 9 billion USD, approximately 130 million carats (26,000 kg) of diamonds are mined annually. About 49% of them come from central and southern Africa, with Canada, India, Russia, Brazil and Australia being other significant sources.

  • As said above Africa is the largest source of Diamonds currently. Diamond extraction from primary deposits (kimberlites and lamproites) started in the 1870s after the discovery of the Diamond Fields in South Africa. Other than South Africa, diamonds mines are located in Angola, Botswana, Zimbawe and Tanzania.
  • Historically diamonds were found only in alluvial deposits in southern India led the world in diamond production from the time of their discovery in approximately the 9th century BC to the mid-18th century AD, but the commercial potential of these sources had been exhausted by the late 18th century.The current Indian mines include Golkunda, Kollur, Panna and Bunder project.
  • Russia is one other major source of commercially viable diamond deposits, mostly in Sakha Republic, for example Mir pipe and Udachnaya pipe.
  • Northern and Western Australia have good diamond deposits as well. Two of the big mines there include, Argyle and Merlin Diamond mine.
  • Some north western teritorries of Canada and Brazil also have commercial deposits used right now for mining.

Controversial sources (Blood Diamonds) – Some revolutionary groups in central and west African countries (which are politically unstable), have taken control over various Diamond mines. They use the proceeds of diamond sales via this process to find their operations. Diamonds coming illegally via such route are termed ‘Blood Diamonds’. In response to public concerns that their diamond purchases were contributing to war and human rights abuses in central and western Africa, the United Nations, the diamond industry and diamond-trading nations introduced the Kimberley Process in 2002. The Kimberley Process aims to ensure that conflict diamonds do not become intermixed with the diamonds not controlled by such rebel groups. This is done by requiring diamond-producing countries to provide proof that the money they make from selling the diamonds is not used to fund criminal or revolutionary activities.

So this was all about Diamond mines and sources, we will be back with next post on Diamonds for GEMS series sooner. Again, if you have any ideas, or you want to share anything, do email us at info@jewelstruck.com

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Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – Diamond for April

by JewelStruck on Apr.16, 2010, under GEMS

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Diamond, also the birthstone of April month, has been chosen for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) this month. Being one of the best known and most sought after gem, there is a lot to explore on Diamonds. We would try our best to cover as much as possible of it. So lets get started with some quick facts on Diamonds for the first part of this series.

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The Hope Diamond

  • A chemically pure and structuraly perfect diamond is transparent (colourless), but diamonds can be found in many other colours too.
  • Being the hardest substance on earth (10 on Mohs scale) and having  characterstic properties like – high dispersion of light, makes it desirable to be used for many applications other than jewelry too. About 75% of worlds mined Diamonds are not suitable for Jewelry.
  • Most famous use of Diamonds is in Engagement rings. It has been used to symbolize engagements since 15th century.
  • The largest ever found Diamond was Cullinan at 3,106 carats.
  • Most of diamonds are atleast 1-3 billion years old, and they are found more than 100 miles below the earth.
  • Thermal conductivity of Diamonds is higher than other colorless gemstone, and is four times higher than copper.

So these were some quick facts on Diamonds. You will find us exploring more with details soon in coming days. If you have anything to share on Diamonds, do email us at – info@jewelstruck.com

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