Know Your Diamonds - The Types.

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Chemical Classification of Diamonds

Diamonds are classified as Type I or Type II depending on the extent of chemical impurities found in them. Type I diamonds contain nitrogen molecules and Type II diamonds have other impurities apart from nitrogen. Nearly 98% of diamonds are Type I diamonds.

Classification on Basis of Origin

Diamonds are classified into three types depending on the basis of their origin. These include natural diamonds, synthetic industrial diamonds and thin film diamonds. Natural diamonds, as the name suggests, are found naturally.

Synthetic industrial diamonds are created by subjecting graphite and various catalysts to high hydraulic pressures and temperatures. These diamonds are of poor quality and are not used in jewellery. However, they find a market for industrial purposes. The third type of diamond is created by a process known as chemical vapor deposition.

Classification on Basis of Color

The most common type of diamond is the white diamond. It comes in several shapes and sizes and is mined in all diamond producing countries of the world. Colored diamonds include yellow, blue pink and champagne diamonds. The pink diamond is the rarest and most sought after diamond. Around 95% of the world's supply of pink diamonds comes from the Argyle mine.

How good is Your Diamond?

You can check out how good your diamond is after considering the 4Cs. These stand for Cut, Color, Carat and Clarity.

A well cut diamond sparkles brighter and the more cuts the diamond has, the more beautiful it looks. It takes time and skill to produce a well cut diamond. If your diamond has a high cut grade, it will be valued more highly.
The color of your diamond will determine its quality. When buying a diamond, remember that a small difference in the color grade can make a huge difference in the price of the diamond.
Flawless diamonds are rare and very expensive. Most diamonds have imperfections. However, the fewer and less visible the imperfections, the more valued is the diamond.
Buy certified diamonds. Certifications are quality reports done by independent gemological labs. Some of the popular certifications are GIA, AGS, EGL and IGI.

With its unique sparkle and glitter, the diamond continues to captivate and enthrall people across different countries and cultures !!
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