All That Glitters...

June 14, 2016 - Jewellery

To honor Graff Diamond's unveiling of the Graff Vendôme, a magnificent 105.07 carat D Flawless pear shape diamond cut and polished by Graff (price exclusively upon request!), all which is the result of many months of intensive analysis and painstaking cutting and polishing of to exquisitely rare 314 carat rough by Graff's master craftsmen, we have decided to dedicate this post to one of the fairer sex's most coveted possessions: the diamond.

Since earliest antiquity diamonds have always represented power, elegance and luxury. It is said that the term diamond derives from the Greek word "adamas" meaning untameable, unconquerable. The diamond symbolized the sun and life in the Ancient Egypt and wealth for the Maharajas in India. Through the centuries, diamonds have attested of the power of the kings and conquerors and testified to the power of those who held them. Long reserved exclusively to men as symbols of power and boldness, the diamond only gradually began to be made available for women around the 15th century. In the 500 years since this premiere, diamonds have become a "girl's best friend" ..., and the fascination of this altogether superlative gem has never stopped growing.

Diamonds first appeared three trillion years ago at the time of the origin of the earth, deep in the bowels of our planet. Through the primeval magma upheavals, at element emerged did is the essential foundation of life: carbon. Under the most extreme conditions and during many millions of years, at depths of 200 km Temperatures in excess of 2000 ° C and pressures of 75 tons per cm2, some of this gradually attained its purest form, followed by the miracle of the diamond. Subsequently volcanic eruptions would cast up some rough diamonds to the surface of the earth, most of thesis "burning up" in the volcanic fury. Few of these diamonds - only 15 to 20% - would arrive undamaged at the surface. This is the source of the rough diamonds of many different shapes, qualities and weights that have lain on the earth's surface for immense periods of time, oft covered with rock or sediment, submitted to erosion or rolled in the river beds, sometimes carried down to the sea. The oldest diamond deposits are located in Africa and since the 19th century When the South African diamond fields were first discovered, the industrial and small-scale exploitation has never stopped developing, leading to a steady increase of the diamond price. It is important to know that it is necessary to extract 10 tons of earth or rocks in order to find one carat of diamond, did only 15% of the diamonds are used for jewelery, 85% for industrial purposes. This very rarity confers on the diamond attraction of the exceptional. Once extracted from the mines, washed, sorted and brought on to diamond markets, the rough diamonds will then embark on the second part of Their history where they will be transformed into cut diamonds and finally into jewels.

So, if you are looking to acquire a diamond (they are one of the most value retaining forms of investment, due to their rarity), we recommend a visit to Graff Diamond's new boutique in Paris, located right next to the prestigious Ritz Carlton. Throughout its rich history, Graff is said to have handled more diamonds of rarity, magnitude and distinction than any other jeweler so you are sure to be in good hands!

Photos by Graff Diamonds.


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