Diamonds VS Other Gemstones: Why Diamonds Are Best
Posted on 11 October 2017
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Diamonds are possibly the most distinguished and desired of all of the gemstones. Despite them being the most sought-after gem for most people, and the most expensive, many are probably left wondering what gives diamonds their high price tag and their even higher status.
Other gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires are all also considered to be precious and come in a range of beautiful colours, so what is it exactly about diamonds that give them an edge in popularity. Let us take a look at what gives diamonds the upper hand over the other types of gemstones.
Let us take a look at what gives diamonds the upper hand over the other types of gemstones.
Diamonds are a very strong and hard gemstone
Many people want their jewellery and precious stone investments to last a lifetime, and some even want to pass it down to the next generation as heirloom pieces and diamonds make it easy to do so.
Diamonds are the hardest known naturally occurring substance in the world, with a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale; meaning they are hard, durable and truly are a cut above the rest.
When it comes to durability in gemstones, there is a clear winner when it comes to diamonds and there are very, very few gemstones that come close in terms of hardness.
But you may be asking yourself, how important is the durability of a gemstone when choosing the feature of a piece of jewellery? The softer and less durable your gemstone, the higher the chances of your precious gem being scratched, chipped and even cracked if it is hit hard enough.
Diamonds have a high melting point
Not only are diamonds one of the hardest naturally occurring substances in the world making them extremely durable, but they also have a remarkably high melting point meaning that they can withstand high temperatures without causing damage to the integrity of the stone.
This is another reason that the diamond is superior to other types of jewellery and gemstones.
Diamonds are like prisms with dazzling optical properties
One of the most stunning and alluring qualities of a diamond is their exquisite ability to capture and reflect light.
Diamonds are also specially cut in a particular way so that the rays of light that fall on the diamond is then reflected multiple times and in multiple directions inside the diamond itself and then sends the light out in all directions giving them the sparkle that we all know and love.
Diamonds are available in many different colours
When most people think about diamonds, they generally think of the colourless (ie white) diamond variety. This is definitely the most popular and sort after, however, for those that are looking for more colourful options, diamonds can still be your first choice. Unlike other gemstones, diamonds are available in a wide range of colours including yellow, pink, blue, green, red and black.
This fact alone makes diamonds one of the most versatile gemstones available and allows for them to fit into an endless combination of jewellery designs.
Diamonds are a high-status symbol
Lastly, there is no denying that diamond rings are in fact the most popular and desirable gemstone. Through their popularity and the astonishing qualities that have been already discussed, they have gained a reputation over time and are rich in symbolism.
Due to their high resilience and extreme durability, they are often referred to as a ‘forever’ stone; they represent love and eternity... making them the most popular gemstone in wedding and engagement jewellery. It carries a meaning that other gemstones cannot symbolise.
Diamonds have a broad range of advantages over other types of gemstones, however, one of the most truly brilliant elements of diamonds compared to that of other gemstones is that it is never a choice of one over the other.
Diamonds can easily and beautifully be paired with any other type of precious gemstone or precious metal.