myths about diamonds

8 Myths About Diamonds

Diamonds, symbols of luxury and romance, are often surrounded by myths that can skew our understanding of their true nature.

In fact, there’s a good chance you believe some of these myths yourself.

Here are some of the common myths about diamonds and their truths:

1. Diamonds are indestructible

True, diamonds are the hardest gemstones. But they can still chip and fracture.

Their durability depends on the integrity of their structure. Even minor flaws or weak spots leave them prone to damage when struck.

Diamonds require protective settings and gentle handling to avoid cracks.

Indestructible? No. Resilient? Certainly.

But diamonds can and do break.

2. Bigger diamonds are always better

Larger diamonds grab attention, there’s no doubt. But size alone doesn’t determine quality.

A diamond’s cut, clarity, colour, and carat weight all play into its appearance and value.

Well-cut smaller diamonds can outshine larger stones with poor cut or clarity. Judge diamonds as a whole, not just by carat weight.

At Soham Ghosh International, we offer diamonds as small as 0.05 carat.

3. Diamonds are rare

All gem-quality materials are rare. They compose just a tiny fraction of the Earth. However, diamonds actually number among the most common gems. Ask yourself this: “How many people do you know who own at least one diamond?” Now, ask this question about other gems, like rubies, sapphires, or emeralds.

While we have much to learn about the Earth’s interior, our current knowledge of gem formation indicates that diamonds are likely the most common gem in nature. Outside the confines of the Earth, diamonds are still common. A recent discovery indicates that some stars collapse on themselves, creating giant diamond crystals. In the constellation Centaurus, there lies a white dwarf that has crystallized into a diamond about 2,500 miles in diameter and weighing 10 billion, trillion, trillion carat.

4. The more sparkle, the better the diamond

A diamond’s brilliance captures the eye, but don’t let flash alone dazzle you.

A diamond’s cut largely determines its reflective qualities.

With an ideal cut, even average clarity and colour can shine brightly. But a poorly cut diamond won’t sparkle well despite other excellent qualities. Sparkle sells, but it doesn’t automatically equal top-notch.

5. Inclusions are bad

We’ll admit, this is a very subjective “myth.” However, we still consider the beauty of inclusions to be an important topic.

The vast majority of diamonds have them, so the cost of a Flawless diamond can be 10 times the price of a beautiful diamond with a lower clarity grade. And what’s so bad about inclusions? 

Inclusions are part of what makes your diamond unique, and can be used as identifying characteristics. Some inclusions even look like shapes – sometimes hearts or faces. Small details like this make a diamond special. People aren’t flawless, your diamond isn’t either.

6. A diamond’s colour grading only refers to its whiteness

Diamond colour grading primarily assesses the absence of colour, with the highest grades given to completely colourless diamonds.

However, it also includes the evaluation of any hues present.

Diamonds with a slight yellow or brown tint are graded lower, while those with distinct colour like pink, blue, or green are considered fancy-coloured diamonds and can be highly valuable.

7. Diamonds are the most expensive gemstones

It’s easy to assume diamonds fetch the highest prices. But large, museum-quality gems in colours like sapphire, ruby, and emerald can outprice even large diamonds.

What determines value?

A combination of sheer rarity, coveted characteristics, and consumer demand.

So, while very desirable, diamonds don’t automatically top the price charts.

8. Lab-grown diamonds aren’t real diamonds

Lab-grown diamonds are new-age revelation of the diamond industry, however, many believe that they aren’t real diamonds.

Lab-grown diamonds are as real as natural diamonds, in fact, they are basically identical. The only difference in their formation is the setting in which they respectively created. Natural diamonds are formed in the Earth’s crust, whereas lab-grown diamonds are created in the laboratory. That’s it! They both are made from carbon and share the same physical, chemical, and optical properties.

Final Thoughts

Understanding these myths and their realities helps make informed decisions when purchasing diamonds.

It’s essential to look beyond common misconceptions and evaluate diamonds based on a comprehensive understanding of their characteristics and qualities.

If you want to know more about diamonds or want to purchase, get in touch with us. At Soham Ghosh International, we offer options of both natural and lab-grown diamonds. We offer loose diamonds on both retail and wholesale basis, whichever you are looking for.

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