The romance of a natural diamond cannot be matched: formed within volcanic tubes over billions of years of heat and pressure, diamonds are a gorgeous rarity that signify true love and affection. Diamonds are the only gems composed of a single element, carbon. Yet despite their homogenous chemical makeup, each diamond is as unique as a snowflake.
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Diamonds are a ten on the Mohs hardness scale, making them the hardest substance discovered. For rings and bracelets, diamonds are indispensable. They are much more resistant to scuffs and chips than other gemstones, which is one of the reasons they are a classic in engagement rings.
Natural diamonds are graded according to the 4 C’s — color, clarity, cut, and carat. They range from nearly clear to a subtle yellow color. Clarity refers to the amount of inclusions. Combined, color and clarity can help you determine how pure your diamond is. Cut tells you which shape the diamond is, and carat refers to the size (weight) of the diamond. Altogether, the 4 C’s can tell you how valuable your diamond is from a monetary point of view, but they pale in comparison to the sentimental and emotional value of a diamond.
At Cornell's Jewelers, we take finding the perfect diamond very seriously. Shop or collection in-store or online to find the diamonds you’ll wear forever.
Conflict-free diamonds are diamonds that comply with the Kimberley Process Certification System (KPCS). This process was co-founded by De Beers and international governments in 2003 to ensure that “rough” diamonds (also known as “conflict” diamonds) are not imported or exported to prevent de-stabilizing legitimate government entities.
Diamonds may seem pretty expensive, but keep in mind that they are a limited resource. It takes millions of years for diamonds to form and be pushed to the Earth’s crust. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide, but we think that the rarity and durability of a diamond makes them worth every penny! Diamonds can also be passed down as heirlooms for generations upon generations and re-set to create modern jewelry for everyone.
Natural diamonds are formed over billions of years, and therefore there is a finite supply of natural diamonds available. Lab-grown diamonds, on the other hand, can be easily created as demand scales. While lab-grown diamonds can be less expensive, natural diamonds hold their value over time.
At Cornell's Jewelers, we believe that the jewelry-buying process should leave you confident in your purchase. Book a virtual appointment or visit our showroom today.