The Diamond. The most sought after stone on Earth. How did this happen? And why the diamond? This debate has been the topic of dinner parties for ages. Most men find it absurd that a single stone can be worth so much. Yet, lay out a good quality 2-carat brilliant cut F-colour and watch how their eyes become fascinated with such an object. The brilliance and fire resulting from the light refracting through the crystal is simply astonishing.
3 Carat Diamond Eternity Band - Daisy Exclusive Collections
How did it begin?
We need to go back to 4th century BC and the silk road when the first diamond deposits were discovered in India. Since diamond cutting techniques were in their infancy, these stones were treasured more for their strength and hardness. They were used for metal engraving and as charms to provide protection. The word ‘diamond’ comes from the Greek word "adamas" meaning indestructible. It was not until the last 100 years before stone cutting techniques started to display the true potential of fire and brilliance which can be achieved.
Antique Diamond Brooch, C. 1890 - Daisy Exclusive Collections
Still, there are many more beautiful stones with mind boggling phenomena that could be equally desired. So why the diamond?
It is the perfect stone. It is abundant enough that most people can afford one. Yet, there are grades in which only the wealthiest individuals in the world can set their hands on. This week, the largest ever sale of a diamond or jewel was seen in Hong Kong. The 59.6 carat “Pink Star” was sold for a mind blowing 71.2 million USD. It was purchased by Hong Kong Jeweller Chow Tai Fook. At the other end of the spectrum, the average person can walk into a discount or department store and leave with a commercial diamond for a couple hundred dollars. Obviously, the stones are worlds apart. But they are still both diamonds.
Diamonds are 58 times harder than any other natural substance making it ideal for heirlooms and jewellery. This is one of the reasons why vintage diamonds do not lose value year after year. Most of the diamonds we come across can only be dated by the cutting technique or setting style as the condition of the diamond is near perfect.
Beautiful 1.47 ct Emerald cut Diamond , Daisy Exclusive Collections
Diamonds at Daisy Exclusive
Estate jewellery has a very important role in the world of diamonds. Every diamond has a story, whereas some we know and others we can only imagine. These diamonds have spent hundreds of millions of years underground only to surface and become a special part of someone’s life for a brief moment in time.
Most of our estate diamonds have been a part of Montreal’s amazing history and hopefully will find themselves in more great stories to come.