When children are growing up they are bombarded with catch phrases; some of which resonate with them while others do not like “Diamonds“.
Yet when it comes specifically to little girls growing up, they hear a lot of these types of expressions that happen to revolve around diamonds.
For example, “diamonds are forever“, “a diamond in the rough” or “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Even Mark Twain, the esteemed and well-respected American writer, weighed in on the topic, saying; “Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old second hand diamonds than none at all”.
Diamonds And Romance
Diamonds have become an important part of romance and marriage.
In our culture, engagement rings are traditionally made with diamonds.
Young girls grow into women and await the day they will meet their future husband who will, ideally, propose the idea of marriage to her.
She imagines that he will lower to one knee and place a perfectly fitting diamond engagement ring on her wedding ring finger that sparkles and refracts the light in marvelous manners.
Maybe it is due to the association of diamonds with love and marriage that diamonds are considered the most valuable gemstones of all.
As a result, they have the highest commercial value of every type of gemstone available.
Additionally, they are also considered the hardest gemstone, having the highest rating of a 10 on the scale.
The Different Colors
While traditionally sought in their clear white color, there are diamonds that have yellow, pink, green and blue touches. For example, the Hope Diamond is famous not only for its size – 45.52 carats – but also for the deep blue hue of the diamond gemstone.
The Most Famous
This blue diamond is so famous and sought after that it is available for viewing at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, located in the U.S. capital of Washington D.C. We become aware of the value of this specific gemstone particularly when it comes to rare diamonds like the Hope Diamond.
The retail value of the Hope Diamond is appraised at three hundred and fifty million U.S. dollars.
At the Smithsonian Museum, the Hope Diamond is encased in a bullet proof glass casing and it rotates on a pedestal. It is one of the museum’s most visited gemstones due to its international reputation of fame, its beauty and, of course, its rarity.
The details surrounding the exact origins of the Hope Diamond are unknown, but it is clear that the diamond originally came from India. The first registration of its appearance in the Western world occurred in the 1800s in a catalog of gems held by Englishman Henry Philip Hope.
Nearly half of all commercially viable diamonds are mined in Africa, specifically in the central and southern parts of the continent. Diamonds are also mined in Australia, Brazil, Russia, India and most recently in Canada.
In Canada, the diamond industry began in the 1960’s yet major diamond discoveries were not obtained during the first twenty years of mining. It was not until the 1990s that Canada established itself on the map as a diamond-producing nation.
Today, Canada’s diamond industry employs upwards of 3,000 people, of which 30 to 40 percent are First Nations.