About Diamond

About Diamond

Stone: Diamonds

Birthstone: In addition to being an April birthstone, diamond is also the gemstone of the 60th wedding anniversary.

Country of origin: Diamonds are mined mainly in Russia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Australia, South Africa and Canada.

About the stone: Diamonds are known for their extreme hardness (the only thing that can scratch a diamond’s surface is another diamond), unmatched brilliance, and rich sentimental value. Diamonds are the hardest natural stones on earth that are formed over billions of years deep beneath the Earth’s crust, and are carried to the earth’s surface by deep volcanic eruptions. No two diamonds are the same and carry their own unique properties. Diamonds have been valued and coveted for thousands of years by royalty and mythical beings, and were thought to have healing properties for ailments such as fatigue and mental illness.

What is the history of diamonds? The earliest diamonds were found in India 6,000 years ago. A majority of these early stones were transported along the Silk Road, a network of trade routes that connected India and China. The name diamond is derived from the Ancient Greek word ἀδάμας (adámas), which means proper, unalterable, unbreakable, untamed. Diamonds have been treasured as gemstones since they were used as religious icons in ancient India. The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars, and Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (possibly the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love). Many ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings even wore diamonds on their armour. 

Caring for diamonds: Soak your diamonds in soapy water for a few minutes and gently clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Along with the face of the diamond, also clean the back where dirt easily accumulates, and ensure to wipe it dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasives and avoid exposure to chlorine. Store each piece of jewellery individually so as not to allow them to rub against each other. It is worth investing in a fabric-lined jewellery case with individual compartments for all your diamond jewellery.

Ethics and Sustainability – We endeavour to source all our gemstones from conflict-free and reputable suppliers. As part of our “Full-Circle” sustainability initiative, return your old Silk & Steel diamond jewellery and we will give you an online credit to spend towards a new design! We will recycle silver and re-use stones, so nothing goes to waste. Any pieces from Superfine, or beaded bracelets, we will buy back and give you a $10 online credit to redeem on our website against a new purchase. All other sterling silver designs from our mainline collections will receive between $20-$40 credit depending on the style.

If you would like to take part in our Full-Circle offer email studio@silkandsteel.co.nz - we would love to hear from you.


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