This is the second installment in a series about diamonds. For part one, click here.
As you can see by Marilyn’s facial expression, buying a diamond is equal parts exciting and confusing. I’ve tried to answer some FAQs to help you get the best diamond for your hard-earned money.
How is the quality of a diamond determined? How do these factors affect price?
The price of a diamond is directly related to its rarity. The more difficult it is to find and manufacture a particular diamond, the more expensive the diamond will be. A stone’s rarity is majorly determined by its carat weight, color, clarity and cut, otherwise [...]
Once upon a time there was an amazing article about diamonds (which is also here), although now you don't even have to read it anymore.
Elsewhere in diamonds: … "secrets" … "cursed" … "stolen" … "lead" … "crown" …
Scientists have long postulated that diamond rain — or even liquid diamond seas – may be present on Neptune and Uranus. But, they were hesitant to say the same for Jupiter and Saturn, since, comparatively, the gas planets have a smaller proportion of methane and lower temperatures.
Go on, HuffPo:
[But], as the researchers explain in a study, high pressure within the massive planets' atmospheres could potentially turn carbon into diamond. Carbon soot particles, freed from methane particles in the two planets' upper atmosphere, would fall through heavy layers of hydrogen and helium toward the cores. On the way down, this carbon soot [...]
Why do men buy diamond rings for our fiancées? There's the emotional story. We enjoy making grand gestures of commitment to the people we love. Behind that, there's the marketing story. DeBeers' historic ad campaign, crafted by the real-life mad men at N.W. Ayers, convinced generations of lovers that diamond bands were synonymous with eternal devotion. But behind that, there is economic story that is just as important and fascinating.
It is really interesting, if you aren't already familiar with the "Breach of Promise to Marry" laws and the social/economic fallout after their eventual dissolution. (Also, any excuse to link to "Have You Ever Tried to Sell a [...]