Commonly Asked Questions: Diamonds

Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 in Commonly Asked Questions, Diamond.


Where do diamonds come from? Diamonds are formed about 90 to 120 miles below the Earth’s surface when extreme heat and pressure transforms carbon into the precious gemstone we all know and love today. The diamonds are then brought to the surface by volcanic pipes known as kimberlite pipes.

How long have diamonds been around? Geologists believe that diamonds were first formed somewhere between 1 to 3 billion years ago.

Are all diamonds colorless? No, diamonds can actually be found in a variety of different colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black. The rarest and most valuable type of colored diamond is red.

What are the different types of diamond cuts? Some of the most common types of diamond cuts are round, princess, emerald, Asscher, cushion, oval, marquise, pear, heart, and radiant. If you want to know more about the different types of diamond cuts, click here.

Where are diamonds mined? Diamond can be found all over the world. Today, the majority are mined in Africa, Russia, Botswana, Congo, Australia, and Canada.

What determines the quality of a diamond? The value of a diamond is determined by its color, type of cut, carat weight, and number of inclusions and blemishes.

How rare are diamonds? Diamonds are definitely not the rarest type of gemstone available, but there are still very difficult to find. In fact it takes about 250 tons of mined Earth to produce a single one-carat diamond. All the gem-quality diamonds ever polished and used for jewelry would fit comfortably into one double-decker bus.

How do I spot a real diamond from a fake one? If you’re in possession of a gemstone that resembles a diamond but are unsure whether or not it’s genuine, you can attempt several different tests. If you’re considering purchasing your own diamond, make sure to purchase from a reputable jeweler who can provide a certified report from an accredited grading agency.

How do I ensure that my diamond is conflict free? A lot has been done to eliminate conflict diamonds from the market. The global diamond industry has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the trade of conflict diamonds. If you’re concerned about potentially purchasing a conflict diamond, you should make sure to purchase from a jeweler who only buys diamonds from suppliers that can warrant that their diamonds are from sources free from conflict.

How do I insure my diamond? We recommend insuring your diamond through Jewelers Mutual Insurance. They specialize in insuring jewelry are very easy to work with.