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Diamond Fun Facts

Learn more about one of the Earth’s most fascinating creations, including some that became the most famous.

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Miners use shovels and sluicing equipment to search for diamonds near the Vaal River in South Africa.
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Historical Reading: The Diamond Fields of South Africa: Part 2 (1893-2014)

Within a few years of their discovery, the diamonds deposits of South Africa produced more diamonds than what had come from India in two millennia.

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The Smithsonian Gem and Mineral Collection

A behind-the-scenes exploration of the Smithsonian's Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals.

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A diagram uses four rulers to show how color, clarity, cut and carat weight are measured.
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Diamond Quality: A Short History of the 4Cs

You’ve heard about the 4Cs of diamond quality (color, clarity, cut, carat weight). But how did they become so well-known? Here’s a little diamond history.

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An early black and white photo that shows deep trenches dug into the ground in the search for diamonds. Ladders and ropes help the miners excavate and traverse the mine.
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Historical Reading: The Diamond Fields of South Africa: Part 1 (1868-1893)

The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in early 1867 marked the start of an historic period of diamond exploration.

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Diamonds in Canada

This article chronicles the discovery of primary diamond deposits throughout Canada, whose increasing supply of rough stones will have a growing impact on the world diamond industry.

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A wide range of jewelry pieces with the round brilliant diamond cut
A Foundation for Grading the Overall Cut Quality of Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

The GIA diamond cut grading system described here includes the components of brightness, fire, scintillation, polish, and symmetry, as well as weight and durability concerns, into a single overall grade for cut quality for standard round brilliants.

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How to Purchase the Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring

Follow these tips to pick out the perfect engagement ring for the love of your life.

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Leaf Motifs: Timeless Beauty for All Seasons of Jewelry

The humble leaf has captivated jewelry designers for centuries and they’ve transformed it enduring pieces of beautiful jewelry.

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Design Inspiration Historic Jewelry

All that was old is new once more – at least when exploring historic trend-setting jewelry styles of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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