We all know what diamonds are and what they look like, but over time, various other information revolving around these beautiful gemstones has surfaced, with not all of it being true. But how are you to know what’s myth and what’s fact? It can get pretty tricky thanks to word-of-mouth, but that’s why we’re here. Below, we’re clearing up some confusion and sharing the truth behind common diamond myths.
Myth #1: Diamonds are extremely rare.
When you really think about, all gems are “rare.” However, diamonds are actually one of the most common both inside and outside of the Earth. If you’re not convinced, the International Gem Society (IGS) encourages you to ask yourself this – how many people do you know that own at least one diamond? After you have that answer, ask yourself the same about other gems.
Myth #2: All diamonds are considered precious and the most valuable.
Within our industry, the term precious refers to valuable – gems can either be considered precious or semiprecious. And although there are certainly precious diamonds out there, only those that are larger and have better grades are really considered precious and valuable. That said, you also can’t classify diamonds as being THE most valuable gem since all gems must be judged based on size and quality.
Myth #3: Diamonds have the most fire in them.
When we use fire (also known as dispersion) to describe a diamond’s characteristic, this refers to its ability to take white light and separate it into the colors of the rainbow. The IGS reports that diamonds have a dispersion of .044, and, although this is high, there are others that come in at .330 – well above a diamond.
What else have you heard about diamonds that you believe to be true? If there is anything you’re unsure of, don’t hesitate to ask an expert jeweler like those here at Maddaloni Jewelers. We sell and buy diamonds, so you can rest assured knowing that we’re completely up-to-date on all of the facts about this gem.
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