The Hawaii Gold Buyers Exchange brings attention to Diamonds.
Diamonds. The mere sound of the word creates visions of shiny and glittery stones; visions of romance; commitment; wedded bliss.
But what is a diamond? What is it made of? Where does it come from? How is it made? Why is it so valuable? What causes it to glitter?
There are several schools of thought as to how Diamonds are formed. This summary is only one facet of multiple explanations, some of which are very complex and confusing; all of which are interesting and intriguing.
In Part 1 we’ll summarize what a diamond is and one side of how it is made. In Part 2, we discuss how it’s made accessible to us and how it’s removed from the ground. In Part 3, we’ll give you some insight on a problem called, “Conflict Diamonds.” In Part 4, we’ll get into the value factors of diamonds – the Four C’s.
To start with, the dictionary defines a diamond as, “… a precious stone consisting of a clear and typically colorless crystalline form of pure carbon, the hardest naturally occurring substance.” With this definition, we answered the first question, “what is a diamond? ” A diamond is a crystal of pure carbon and it is the hardest naturally occurring substance. But, carbon? Isn’t carbon charcoal? Ironically, yes, it is. This carbon is simply vegetable matter that has been decaying under tremendous heat and pressure for millions and millions of years until, finally, after several elements have come together, atoms are fused into a crystalized substance we know today as diamonds.