There is a reason why diamonds are the most favoured gemstones in engagement rings and wedding bands and claim the number one spot (the centre) in most pieces of fine jewellery.
Is it because “Diamonds are Forever”? What does this really mean and is it true?
We all know that diamonds are regarded as the pinnacle in the world of precious gemstones. It’s no coincidence that diamonds are valued by experts and the general public alike, not only for their sparkling elegance but also for their durability.
There are many factors that we can discuss in this blog, but let’s stick to the reason that they are the stone of choice for jewellery that is worn every day.
What does “Durable” imply?
For a stone to be considered durable, it must include the following three components: It must be Hard, Tough and Stable.
Hard = Scratch Resistance.
It is commonly known that on the scale of hardness from 1 – 10, a diamond is a 10. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
Tough = The Resistance to chipping, Breaking or Cracking.
Now, diamonds can fracture if they are hit in the right (or wrong) place, which means that they are not entirely indestructible. For this reason, please remember that if you are going to be doing an activity that involves physical labour, you should remove your diamond jewellery.
Stable = The Resistance to Changes in Temperature and Reaction to Chemicals.
Diamonds are regarded as very stable as they are resistant to almost all acids and a wide range of temperatures. However, if they are exposed to extreme and sudden changes in temperature, they can fracture or burn. If a burn marks the surface of a diamond, it can easily be repolished back to its original condition.
So, to answer our question, “Are Diamonds Forever?”, the answer is YES, they CAN last forever if treated with the proper care. That is why diamonds are such an excellent investment.