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    Start with a Diamond
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    Oct 20

    untitled-45When the word diamond is mentioned, it brings forth a multitude of images that represent purity and strength which parallels and symbolizes the commitments in which diamonds are given. Besides engagement, diamonds are for the 75th wedding anniversary; a commitment to longstanding love.

    In our society of technology, a diamond is an immense and vast representation of the ultimate material of super strength. Diamonds are composed of the mineral carbon; forming into a brilliant, transparent, crystalline substance in the earth’s interior and being the hardest substance in nature.

    The Age of Diamonds

    Diamonds are about 3 billion years old, roughly two thirds of the age of the Earth itself and likely the oldest thing you will ever own. Diamonds were once used as religious icons in ancient India and as engraving tools. About 49% of a diamond’s origination is from central and southern Africa but other sources have been discovered in Canada, India, Russian, Brazil and Australia. Diamonds originate from deep within the Earth where high pressures and high temperatures bring them to the surface.

    Carbon is fundamental to life and makes up 18 percent of the weight of a human body. A diamond is made up of carbon in its most concentrated form. The arrangement of carbon atoms give diamonds its crystal structure. A crystal is formed by the repeating the arrangement of compounds. A diamond crystal can form into an assortment of different shapes which are called crystal habits. The eight-sided shape, known as an octahedron, is the most common crystal habit but other shapes can be formed.

    Diamond Durability

    Diamonds are known for their hardness. This hardness can be measured by a substances resistance to being scratched and only a diamond can scratch a diamond. A diamond is the hardest natural substance known. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, the diamond has a hardness of 10 (which is the hardest). The New England area in New South Wales, Australia, produces the hardest diamonds in the world. They are used to polish other diamonds. Because a diamond can only be scratched by another diamond, it maintains its polish extremely well and is perfect for daily wear due it’s resistance to scratching.

    A mineral’s durability, the resistance to fracture, is another way to measure a diamond, Diamonds are not known to be fragile but all substances can be prone to fracture or shatter; there are certain areas of weakness in which a diamond can be split. Diamonds will separate neatly along lines rather than jagged and this gives diamonds perfect cleavage. This cleavage is taken advantage of by cutters to shape diamonds in the most efficient way.

    Beautiful Light

    In India, some 3,000 years ago, diamonds were first valued by their ability to refract light. The diamond was used two ways in days past. One was for decorative purposes and also as a way to ward off evil or provide protection in battle. In the dark ages, the diamond was used as a medicinal aid. A diamond held in the hand while making a sign of the cross was one anecdote that would heal wounds and cure illnesses. Ingesting of diamonds was also thought of to heal sickness.

    In today’s society, when we think of a diamond, the words wealth, durability, and status come to mind. Over time and in some cultures, diamonds are associated with magic, healing, protection, and even poisoning. “Diamond” is derived from the Greek word “adamao,” transliterated as “I tame” or “I subdue.” “Adamas,” an adjective, was used by the Greeks to describe the hardest substance known, and later became the term used for diamond.

    Industrial Uses

    Today, 75-80 percent of today’s diamonds are used for industrial purposes and only 20-25 percent is used for gemstones. Diamonds are a huge economic resource due to its superior beauty and usefulness in industrial applications. Diamonds were once used as religious icons in ancient India and as engraving tools. About 49% of a diamonds origination is from central and southern Africa but other sources have been discovered in Canada, India, Russian, Brazil and Australia. Diamonds originate from deep within the Earth where high pressures and high temperatures bring them to the surface.

    Love

    Diamonds catch our interest for many reasons but the most significant being that the diamond is given as a token of love and marriage. Rings have a long history and the importance of the wedding ring was defined in the 7th century by Isidore of Seville. “It was given by the spouse to the espoused whether for sign of mutual fidelity or still more to join their hearts to this pledge and that therefore the ring is placed on the fourth finger because a certain vein is said to flow from thence to the heart.”

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