You would not think that rocks can be sexy, seductive, elegant, graceful and feminine! Would you? Well, it is a bit different if we are talking diamond “rocks” as in this necklace:
Diamonds naturally crystalize in cubes and these little grey diamonds in the rough are each drilled. A tiny gold wire (28 gauge) is then inserted through the diamond and balled up with a minute flame from an acetylene torch and attached to a fine and elegant 18 karat gold chain. Since the flame comes so close to the diamond, this will heat up the diamond to a very high temperature. This technique can only be used with diamonds because other gems are less heat tolerant. Never the less, occasionally a diamond will zing!! That’s when it splits and the pieces fly through the studio!
Because the diamonds are in the rough, there is an organic quality to this necklace. Sometimes I get comments such as “exquisite”, “sophisticated” and “charming”. But what I really think: this was a huge “labor of love”.
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Most of us do not realize that diamonds come in different colors. The typical clear and sparkling diamond is what De Beers has marketed for 100 years or so…but if you want to own something truly unique consider this.
Diamonds have an extremely rigid lattice. They can be contaminated by very few impurities. Thus the clear, colorless appearance of those diamonds designated ‘gem quality’. Small amounts of impurities (about one per million of lattice atoms) will color a diamond blue (boron), yellow (nitrogen), brown (lattice defects), green (radiation exposure), purple, pink, orange or red! ‘Plastic deformation’ is the cause of color in some brown and perhaps pink and red diamonds.
In 2008, the Wittelsbach Diamond, a 35 carat blue diamond, once belonging to the King of Spain, fetched over US$ 24 million at a Christie’s auction.
“Black” diamonds are not truly black, but rather contain numerous dark inclusions.
White dwarf stars have a core of crystallized carbon and oxygen nuclei. The largest of these found in the universe so far, BPM 37093, is located 50 light-years away in the constellation Centaurus. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics described the 2,500-mile (4,000 km)-wide stellar core as a diamond. It was referred to as Lucy, after the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”.
I was recently on ETSY, a site for handmade crafts including jewelry. I searched this huge site with about 250,000 virtual shops for ‘red diamonds‘. Click and take a look.
Gold ring with rough diamonds: 2 are yellow and 2 are red.
There are more red diamonds here.
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