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Diamonds in Jewelry and Industry

Diamonds have long been considered among the Earth's greatest treasures. Not only are they one of the hardest substances known in nature, they are also one of the rarest. Diamonds are found in only a few places on the planet because they are made in very specific circumstances far beneath the surface of the Earth. Only a few get thrust to the upper crust where they are accessible to current diamond mining techniques.

The word "diamond" comes from the Greek word, adamas, which means "invincible". For centuries the hardness of diamonds and their utility have been known. Yet it is only in recent years that technology has come about that allows humans to manufacture diamonds for useful purposes. Manufactured diamonds have traditionally not been used in jewelry because they have been too small and their quality inconsistent. But new processes have been developed that will create gem sized diamonds of higher quality.

Mystery has long surrounded gems and jewelry. Diamonds have been especially noteworthy. The history of diamonds has seen many famous stones and are often featured in the crown jewels of many nations. Even the United States has the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian. Other famous diamonds include the Orloff, and the Kohinoor.

Buying a diamond can be a major investment. The casual buyer should be familiar with diamond basics and know what to look for in a diamond. This includes the four C's, carat, cut, color, and clarity. Just as important, especially if a buyer is not dealing with a reputable dealer is to know how to easily spot a fake diamond.

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