Ladies, think of the luck of being born in April…
With diamonds being the designated birthstone for April, it’s almost like being born with actual permission to ask for gifts of glistening diamond jewelry (or having a perfectly valid excuse to buy diamonds for yourself) at least once a year!
All while the rest of us are primarily resigned to waiting around for the far less common wedding engagement or milestone anniversary event :-)
The truth of the matter is that diamonds, above and beyond being the April birthstone, are possibly the world’s perfect gift - a luxurious way to convey both love and respect to someone you love and care for, no matter what the occasion may be!
David Lash of Northeast Gemological in Huntington Village is one of New York’s most recognized diamond experts. David is a graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America and has degrees in Diamonds, Diamond Grading and Colored Stones. Moreover, David is a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers – an organization whose members specialize in appraising only gems and jewelry.
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As you could well imagine, David’s seen diamonds of all varieties - as well as owners who have received them as cherished and enduring gifts for a myriad of reasons: life accomplishments, birthdays, holidays, graduations, and sometimes just as an unexpected and breathtaking surprise!
That’s why for April, we asked David Lash of Northeast Gemological (our Huntington Village expert jewelry appraiser) to share a few stories about diamonds with our readers:
7 Interesting Facts And Bits Of Lore About The World Of Diamonds
1. A Diamond of Another Color
Adopted from the Greek work adamas, meaning “invincible,” diamonds come in a wide range of colors such as black, blue, green, pink, red, purple, orange and yellow. If you’ve ever shopped for diamonds, then certainly you’ve heard of the 4Cs of Diamond Quality - the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere in the world. You may even know that the 4Cs are: Carat, Cut, Clarity and Color. But did you know that the latter is a bit of a misnomer? Diamonds are naturally transparent. Therefore, any hint of hue indicates an impurity or structural deformation. The color of any non-transparent diamond is dependent upon the type of impurities that are present in the stone. For example, yellow stones have minuscule traces of nitrogen while blue ones contain boron.
2. Journey from the Center of The Earth
The bright, sparkling diamonds filled with magical light that we all know and love are actually formed in complete darkness deep underground. In fact, almost all natural diamonds are formed at depths of between 87 to 118 miles underground, inside what is known as the planet’s lithospheric mantle layer. They make their journey to the surface of the earth by riding magma from deep volcanic eruptions.
3. Older than Dinosaurs?
Your diamonds are likely billions of years old. The oldest diamonds ever discovered are estimated to be over 4 billion years old, but most are closer to 1 billion to 3.3 billion years old. By comparison, dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago (at the end of the Cretaceous Period), after living on Earth for about 165 million years. Now you can probably see why they say ‘A Diamond is Forever’.
4. The Origin of the Ring Finger
Ancient Egyptians began the custom of placing a diamond ring on the fourth finger, believing a 'Vein of Love' (the ‘Vena Amoris’) ran directly from there to the heart.
5. The Origin of the Diamond Engagement Ring
In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. It was a a gold ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds. This sparked a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility.
6. Can you Super-Size That?
In the world of diamonds, size does matter - along with other factors. A single, two-carat diamond is worth twice as much as two, single-carat diamonds. The world's largest blue diamond, an extremely rare gem known as "The Oppenheimer Blue", sold for $57.5 million at Christie's Geneva in 2016, making it the most expensive diamond ever to be sold at auction. Mounted on a platinum ring and flanked on either side by a trapeze-shaped diamond, the 14.62 carat Fancy Vivid stone is the largest and best quality blue diamond ever to appear at auction.
7. Partly cloudy with a chance of diamonds?
Did you know that it very likely rains DIAMONDS on multiple other planets in our solar system? ‘Diamond rain’ is a scientific phenomenon about which physicists have long hypothesized - and it was recently proven possible. In 2017, a team of scientists recreated the “diamond precipitation” that they believe occurs inside enormous icy planets such as Neptune and Uranus. Those planets are rich in hydrocarbons, which scientists believe undergo structural changes as they grow closer to the planets’ cores, where extreme temperatures and pressures separate hydrogen from carbon - the element that forms diamonds - and actually make it rain diamonds.
Huntington Residents: Have you ever wondered what your diamonds or precious gemstones are REALLY worth? Are they insured for the correct amount? Now is your chance to learn from the local experts!
As a special “thank you” to all Living Huntington subscribers Northeast Gemological is offering a 25% discount off your first appraisal visit if you mention Living Huntington when you make your appointment.
About Northeast Gemological
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The Northeast Gemological Report is the final word when it comes to gem and jewelry appraisal.
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Northeast Gemological was formed entirely from former GIA/GTL and IGI employees. If you want to get the experience of the big Manhattan laboratories, with the convenience of staying local, then Northeast Gemological is for you. Utilizing state of the art gemological equipment; Northeast’s graduate gemologists give you a complete and comprehensive report that is second to none.
If you are looking to get your jewelry appraised for insurance, or looking to identify your heirloom gems, come to Northeast Gemological for your gemological services. Northeast Gemological respects its customers.
When an appointment is made at Northeast Gemological the client will get a trained graduate gemologist who will always give you their undivided attention, this way all of your questions and needs are met and provided for.