(Almost) Everything you need to know about different types of diamonds
There is no such thing as a set of identical diamonds, with each and every single dime ever produce to being completely and totally unique from any other – about his unique as a fingerprint or as a snowflake!
And while most people are able to wrap their head around this, the truth of the matter is most people only ever think of the different “types” of diamonds according to the “Four C’s”. We’re talking about Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat Weight here of course, and while it’s important to really focus on these elements when you’re getting ready to purchase a new diamond or a piece of diamond jewelry, there are other things you need to think about before you pull the trigger on this kind of purchase going forward.
In this quick guide, we are going to share some information with you about the different types of diamond that can really help you make sure you always get your hands on the best possible stone for the piece of jewelry that you are hoping to buy.
Let’s dive right in!
Highlighting the three major types of diamonds today
When it comes to diamonds – available on the consumer market, anyway – there are really only ever going to be three different diamond types that you are going to have the opportunity to look at and to purchase.
The first diamonds are natural diamonds, the kinds of diamonds that are mined all over the world and later processed through cutting and finishing techniques to produce some of the most beautiful jewelry ever created.
The second kind of diamonds are known as “treated” diamonds, and are mined from natural resources as well but are artificially enhanced or manipulated to hide the flaws that these diamonds inherently have so that they can still be used in jewelry pieces. These diamonds are usually much smaller and relegated to the “background” of a piece of jewelry rather than used as the star of the show, so to speak.
Finally, you have man-made diamonds – sometimes described as laboratory diamonds – that are also becoming very popular over the last few years. Available on the market for quite a while now, laboratory diamonds are cheaper to produce, cheaper to purchase, and because they are created in a controlled set of circumstances they are about as flawless as you are going to find on the market today.
Obviously, natural diamonds and laboratory diamonds are the most popular choices for stones that are going to be used as the centerpiece of a jewelry setting, especially when it comes to engagement rings (for example). Natural diamonds are beloved and considered the more traditional approach, but laboratory diamonds can have an even better look while costing up to 70% cheaper to purchase.
Other types of diamonds available on the market today
You also have the opportunity to purchase diamonds that are colored instead of completely crystal-clear or “white”, as the market describes them.
Color diamonds used to be thought of as an afterthought, not at all market movers, and the kinds of diamonds that most people shied away from as much as possible. Today, however, colored diamonds are starting to become incredibly popular – especially when we’re talking about pink, canary yellow, blue, and even black diamonds.
Black diamonds and brown diamonds (sometimes referred to as chocolate diamonds) used to be the very lowest of the low when it came to diamonds ready to be used in jewelry, but today that’s just not the case. These diamonds are incredibly rare, are very expensive – and getting more expensive on a regular basis, and are being produced in regular quantities by laboratories just to keep up with the demand.
You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase “fake diamonds” that look like diamonds but really aren’t and a whole host of other stones that can be passed off as diamonds but will not cost you nearly as much. Obviously, this may not be a road that you are all that interested in heading down – especially if she is expecting a legitimate diamond to be presented to her in an engagement ring!
At least now you understand the options you have available when it comes to the different diamond types. Best of luck choosing one moving forward!