So just what are Natural Diamonds? They're certainly more than small, expensive, shiny rocks. Their story started when the Earth was young, 1 to 3 billion years ago. But that is only the start of a great story. Most people don't know how the genuine diamond you give her in her engagement ring has benefited the lives of people across the globe on its journey to becoming the ultimate symbol of your love.
Before we go on I want to address why there are so many conflicting claims when it comes to diamonds and how a regular person decides what to believe. Most of this confusion is due to the introduction of man-made synthetic otherwise known as Lab Grown Diamonds. The facts surrounding both Natural Diamonds and Lab-Grown Diamonds are pretty simple. One is formed naturally, far below the surface of the Earth and the other is made by machines. No one disputes these facts. Where it gets confusing is when producers and online experts, selling Lab-Grown Diamond, try to convince consumers that Lab Grown Diamonds are the same as Natural Diamonds, only they cost less. Read on and you will see how different they really are.
What are Natural Diamonds?
They are the hardest natural substance on Earth. They are so hard they can cut or polish any other natural material. And they are not just a little harder. Sapphire is the next hardest nature substance and diamonds are ten times harder than sapphire. In fact, only diamond is hard enough to polish diamond. Cutting and polishing diamonds requires remarkable exacting skill. The first Guild of diamond cutters was formed in 1375 in Nuremberg Germany.
Diamonds are the oldest substance most people will ever touch. Natural diamonds formed between 1 to 3 billion (1,000,000,000 to 3,000,000,000) years ago long before there was life on Earth. They are so old it is hard to even comprehend.
Diamonds are rare. All Natural Diamonds are rare, but only about 30% of all mined diamonds are of a quality that makes them suitable for jewelry. The majority of diamonds have so many blemishes and imperfections they cannot be used in diamond wedding bands, diamond earrings or diamond fashion jewelry.
Diamonds are romantic. Natural Diamonds never wear out. They are incredibly old, extremely rare and eternal. This makes them the ideal symbol to represent never ending love.
Diamonds are expensive. Rare, original, desirable works of art are usually expensive. This is just as true for rare paintings, baseball cards and autographed collectible football and basketballs as it is for natural diamonds. All of these rare items fill an emotional need in people that want to own something that is unique and that only they possess.
As mentioned earlier, much of the confusion regarding Lab Grown and Natural Diamonds comes from what Natural Diamonds are and what Lab Grown Diamonds are not. Both are chemically, physically and optically the same material; crystalized carbon. Technically known as "diamond material". Here is how Natural and Lab Grown Diamonds are different.
Lab Grown Diamonds are;
Synthetic diamond material