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Diamonds- an everlasting passion!

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Nature has strange ways of creating the magnificent and priceless. Just imagine a bit of carbon gets crystallized somewhere deep down in the earth under extreme pressure and temperature conditions and metamorphosises into one of the most coveted possessions of mankind- diamonds. This stone has fascinated human beings since time immemorial. Wars have been fought over it, nations have been divided yet, the desire to posses a fine diamond has far from diminished. In fact, the recent years have seen a great revival in the passion for diamonds. Thanks to the promotional efforts of some prominent players in the field of diamond jewellary.

Until the late nineteenth century, diamonds were found only in a few riverbeds in India and in the jungles of Brazil. In 1870, after the discovery of huge diamond mines near the river Orange in South Africa, diamonds were being mined in tons. This made it necessary for the mine owners to take precautionary measures to retain the rarity of this precious stone. Hence, the concept of what is popularly known as “the diamond invention” came into being. This was a conscious effort in the creation of the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable, and are essential signs of esteem.

Another remarkable change in the history of diamond jewellary is probably the fact that today diamond jewellery is accessible to all and sporting diamonds is not just the privilege of the privileged class. However, according to Mr. Chinappa, advertising advisor to Mehta Jewellary, “when people say that diamonds have become more affordable. The statement is incorrect. Having worked closely with eminent people in the business for so long the one thing that I can tell you is that diamonds have not become more affordable. What has happened is that the number of people aspiring to own a diamond has increased. This has happened because a sizeable part of the middle class has a sizeable disposable income. However, the rise in the aspiration to own diamonds has resulted in the creation of two types of customers. The first group is comprised of the traditional customers who desire to acquire only the very best quality. The second group is comprised of a clientele who is not so much concerned about the technical aspects as long as it does not have a direct impact on the look of the diamond.” Another view on the affordability of diamonds was expressed by Ms. Sheetal Bhat granddaughter of Mr. Bapalal, a trained and certified gemologist and CEO of Bapalal Jewellers Cathedral Road. According to her “it’s not that diamonds have suddenly become cheap and hence more affordable by more people. What has actually happened is that jewelers have made a conscious effort to make diamond jewellary more affordable by using lesser carat age and smaller sized stones to create beautiful jewellary. And this formula has worked in making diamonds more popular. Besides, the concept of locker jewellary is gradually phasing out and people are going in for what is popularly known as “everyday jewellery”. Today’s people want to enjoy the jewellary they have invested in. As far as trends are concerned, a slight deviation from the traditional jewellary is what is popular especially in the south. People are still skeptical about wearing very outrageous designs.’Talking to jewelers and designers the picture that comes through is, diamonds now have mass appeal especially, among certain segments of the society as they are symbolic of grace and sophistication. Besides, the younger generation is very keen on diamond jewellary.

Mr. Abhay Mehta, trustee of Mehta Jewellary says, “ if you ask me about the affordability of diamonds I would say that that they have always been. You could get diamond jewellery if you had a budget of 10,000 and you could get diamond jewellery if you had a budget of Rs. 50,000. The only difference would be in the kind of jewellery you get.A fact that holds good even today.” He goes on to say, ‘it might be of interest to readers to know that diamonds are found in all colours of the rainbow. However, diamonds that have high colour saturation like green or red are extremely rare and awfully expensive. In fact a nearly flawless pink diamond which is about one carat could cost anything between five to seven lakhs. Maybe it is because these diamonds command a very fancy price they are often referred to as fancy coloured diamonds.’

He points out that diamonds have a unique personality. It is probably the only stone that lends itself beautifully to being used in combination with other gemstones. The most unique example of this is the “navaratna setting”. Talking of trends in design he says that the two major factors that effect the issue directly are the diversity of the clientele and the age group. While the younger generation prefer lighter and more trendy jewellery. The older generation still prefers solid and clean cut stuff.

Diamonds are graded on the basis of four criteria- cut, clarity, colour and carat. As far as colourless diamonds go a truly colorless stone will carry a premium price, and the larger that diamond, the greater the premium per carat. . A diamond with the highest clarity grade is flawless, this means that it has no discernable blemishes or inclusions, a situation not frequently encountered. Clarity grades are largely determined by the collective visual appearance that a stone’s inclusions exhibit in relationship to the size and shape of the stone. It is the consideration of the size, position, number, color/contrast and nature of these inclusions, which leads to the final clarity grade. The weight of a diamond is directly related to its size and, the unit weight of a gemstone is known as a carat. One carat is equal to 200 miligrams. Interestingly, the relationship between how large a diamond looks and its actual weight can be deceptive.”Experience has taught us it is much more difficult to maintain something than it is to buy it. Therefore, an article on diamonds would be incomplete without some tips on how one can care for these precious gems and keep them timeless and ageless as they are meant to be. The thing to note is that despite their size diamonds attract a surprising amount of grease and dirt. Besides, oils in make-up and lotions coat them. Therefore, it is important to clean your diamond jewellary from time to time. The easiest way to do it at home is to soak the diamonds in warm suds made with a good detergent or shampoo for about ten to fifteen minutes. Then brush them lightly with a baby toothbrush (as this has very soft bristles, which will prevent the stones from getting scratched). After this ideally the diamonds should be dipped in alcohol and dried on tissue. If this is not possible then dry the stones using a dry with a soft cloth.”

Another golden rule to follow is to store your diamonds well. Therefore, when you are not wearing your jewelry wrap each item separately in tissue paper and store in the jewel box. Jumbling them up with other jewellary may result not only in the diamond getting scratched but they may scratch other stones as well.

Last but not least diamonds are not just for ever, they are also for every occasion. Whether, you want to celebrate or to commemorate, to reward or to romance diamonds just add a different dimension to the occasion. So, go ahead and add both glamour and glimmer to those special moments.

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Responses to Diamonds- an everlasting passion!

  1. 1 Ayesha

    very interesting start. Lot of lesser known information.

  2. 2 kari

    I just don’t get it. Aren’t diamonds just carbon rocks from earth. What makes them so desirable? What makes us attach to it at an emotional level than view it just as we see dirt and sand? Diamonds give out multi color reflections from light and are tougher than any material. I believe they are representations of fashion industry’s indulgence with perfection and flawlessness similar to anorexic human bodies, perception which is historically forced down unsuspecting human minds blinded by blaise emotions to be attached with a certain life event as memory. I seem to produce more emotion reading a $2.00 hallmark card than staring into a transparent piece of rock. Popular perception is something flawless is rare, unique and extremely desirable. i think mother earth is flawless, it fosters life in every way. i prefer flaws and vulnerabilities because it reminds me of human nature that is capable of charity, detachment, extreme kindness and genocide (see hotel rwanda) all in one atomic instant.
    isn’t diamond part of the same family as graphite and made by same material that makes up living tissue or burnt food? diamonds are generally worthless compared to human acts of generosity, kindness, selflessness and preserverance. so move on folks, go kiss your partners, accpet and love them for all their wonderful flaws and strengths as they are.

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