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The diamond is a gem, which represents eternal love. It became widely popular when the first engagement ring was used in the 15th century. Diamonds were also highly regarded by both the Romans and the Greeks.
Beauty – The colorless beauty and inner fire of the diamond have made this precious gem prized for centuries. Each stone’s complex characteristics cannot be duplicated, and no two diamonds can ever be the same. Each stone, like its owner, is endowed with a personality and character uniquely its own.
Durability – A diamond is the hardest substance known to man, making it resistant to deterioration. When cared for properly, diamond jewelry can be worn every day and passed on as an heirloom to the next generation.
Purity – Although new resources for diamonds are being explored and discovered, the supply of these gems remains limited. This is understandable once you learn that more than 250 tons of ore need to be blasted, crushed, and processed to yield just one carat of rough diamond. Further, only 20 percent of all rough diamonds are suitable for gem cutting.
Enduring value – Like many precious products, diamond prices fluctuate. But it is important to know that these sparkling gemstones still retain value after years of being worn and enjoyed.
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Baguette – This refers to a rectangular-shaped small diamond that is often used to enhance the setting of a larger stone.
Bezel setting – A diamond is completely surrounded by a precious metal border in this setting technique that resembles a picture frame.
Channel setting – Popular for mounting rows of small, uniformly sized stones, this setting technique uses two strips of metal to hold the stones at the sides. Used for round, baguette, and square-cut stones, the channel setting resembles a railroad track with the diamonds in the center.
Fancy cut – A diamond cut in any shape other than round. Fancy cuts include such shapes as baguette, emerald, triangle, pear, princess, oval, and marquis.
Pavé setting – A setting technique for small diamonds in which the stones are set so closely together that no metal shows. A pavé surface appears to be paved with diamonds.
Solitaire – The mounting of a single gemstone.
Tiffany setting – A four- or six-prong setting using long, slender prongs to hold the stone.