Sometimes in wearing jewelry the arms are often overlooked because we focus so much attention on the rings and necklaces we wear. Since diamonds were at first exceedingly rare, their sparkle, brilliance and value lent a kind of an extravagant air and pride to the act of proposal. When more diamond mines were discovered and diamonds became more widely accessible, smaller diamonds became relatively affordable even among less affluent. With remarkable increase in production supply and with the expansion of diamond jewelry industry combined with coordinated advertising that lasted decades and continues even today with the famous marketing slogan of the 20th century that “Diamonds are Forever” the ad campaign run by the DeBeers company resulted in the diamond being the ultimate standard gem for engagement rings.
Well, producing a material that is harder than a natural diamond has actually been a goal of scientists for a very long time and in 2004, a group of scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, DC produced gem sized diamonds that are harder than any other crystals. These diamonds were made from a gas mixture at a rate that is 100 times faster than any other method that has been used to date. The crystals were so hard that they actually broke the equipment used and were made in less than a day.
Prior to that, diamond jewelry was worn almost exclusively by royalty. The earliest example of diamonds being placed in a setting dates from the time of the Norman Invasion of England; at that time, one of the Arpad kings of Hungary, possibly Andrew I, had rough-cut diamonds set into a crown for his queen. However, cut diamonds would not be available for another half-millennium. Since quite a long time, people had turned their eyes towards white gold and silver. But yellow gold is back and in trend now. Getting noticed is what one likes nowadays, hence making this metal more popular. Its substantial pros like no change in its color and look and non-tarnishing feature keeps it a step ahead of metals like white gold and silver.
The diamonds were not sent off to the International Gemological Society for IGI appraisals either, as their incalculable value to the scientific world mixed with their scrawny size made them completely inappropriate for use as gemstones, although ironically, they would likely be more valuable than any other modern, trendy diamond could hope to be. The scientists still needed to heavily research the carbon inside of the diamonds to determine more information. There is a possibility that if the earth cooled down enough for diamonds to form, then life might have begun on earth much sooner than current estimates.
Jewelry trends right now are headed for dramatic colored stones in bold or big settings. Those who prefer their jewelry a little more feminine have floral shapes and settings to select from. These jewelry knockouts are a fantastic way to liven up last year’s little black dress. How do you make sure you are getting what you are being sold? Regardless of where you purchase your diamonds, insist on a certificate of authenticity and quality from a reputable source such as GIA, the Gemological Institute of America. GIA was established in 1931 and was the creator of the 4 C’s diamond grading system. IGI, the International Gemological Institute, and AGS, the American Gem Society, are also respected sources to certify diamonds.