Most people know that diamonds are made of pure carbon that has endured intense pressure from deep within the Earth’s mantle layer. We’re not talking SAT pressure, or public speaking pressure, we’re talking 5-year relationship, attending your girlfriend’s parent’s anniversary party pressure. Indeed, the amount of heat and pressure required for natural diamond formation makes an IRS audit on Wall Street seem like a cakewalk. But what exactly happens between the mantle and the mine? Here are the stages of growth in the life of a natural diamond.
In previous blog articles, NADB has listed the numerous reasons for exclusively selling GIA and AGS certified diamonds. We covered some of the major differences between GIA and EGL graded diamonds and highlighted some of the egregious overgrading practices conducted by several of EGL’s labs worldwide and the ways in which it delegitimizes the industry as a whole.
Unless you were completely ignoring the news and boycotting the movie industry in 2006, you are likely aware of the global efforts to end the conflict diamond market. Blood Diamond, the 2006 thriller, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Jennifer Connelly was nominated for 5 academy awards and brought the conflict diamond dilemma to the forefront of the world’s consciousness in a way that the media simply couldn’t.