IF IT’S APRIL, THERE MUST BE DIAMONDS
The Allure of the Traditional
Cultures around the world have been magnetically attracted to the glittering allure of the diamond for centuries. Virtually indestructible, and ranking a top ten on the Mohs hardness scale, nothing can cut a diamond but another diamond. Long revered as a talisman to fend off fear, negative influences, and the evil eye, the diamond is also believed to strengthen the bearer’s vital energies making those born in April, the lucky inheritors of this largess. The diamond derives its name from the Latin diamas, the unconquerable, which both explains and reflects the stone’s paramount position throughout time as the preeminent icon of eternal love. Still, the favorite choice for the stone to mark a betrothal, diamonds continue to be a girl’s best friend when it comes to the standard jewel box favorites of bracelets, bangles, stud earrings, and necklaces. As culture increasingly shifts towards the casual, diamonds are gracing highly individual and extremely versatile jewelry pieces with their presence that still retains all of this gemstone’s timeless quality.
Diamonds have been found and mined in a surprising number of countries.Golconda diamonds come from the like-named region of Southern India date and back to the 17th century. Included in the most precious pieces of Mogul jewelry, the are extremely rare and possess a unique transparency that sets them apart from all other diamonds. In the 18th century, Brazil yielded up its diamond trove, and by the end of the 19th century, the African countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zaire and South Africa took over as the major source of the world’s diamonds. More recently, Russia, Canada, Australia, and Greenland have joined the club. Although best know for the brilliant transparent variant, diamonds come in a dazzling array of colors including yellow, pink, blue, green, champagne, cognac, chocolate, and even black. In May 2016, the 14.62-carat Oppenheimer Blue sold for a record $50.6 million at Christie’s but was surpassed in April 2017 when the 59.6-carat Pink Star sold for $71.2 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.
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The four C's: color, clarity, cut, and carat are the characteristics that describe and define diamond value. In the lab, they can be treated to enhance color and clarity, and now they can even be even created. Modern synthetic diamonds are chemically identical and possess optical qualities equivalent to any naturally occurring stone. Swarovski now offers Diama, an exclusive 18k gold jewelry brand featuring its own created diamonds.
And for those seeking an even less expensive alternative, diamond simulants such as cubic zirconia are available. Today, Swarovski Zirconia are the best on the market and available in the Pure Brilliance Cut that is certified by the Gemological Institute of America as possessing the same brilliance as a Tolkowsky cut diamond.
In addition to the classic diamond cuts, fancy cuts such as cushion, pear, emerald, and heart are increasingly popular. Even rough diamonds are now appearing in bespoke designs fashioned to create an edgy, contemporary style statement. Apart from the bridal sector, red carpets abound with diamonds, with dazzling examples adorning A-list celebrities at major awards shows. This year to celebrate its 10th year of collaborations with some of the world’s greatest design talents, Atelier Swarovski is embracing conscious luxury with a responsible fine jewelry collection that debuted on the red carpet of the Oscar's. Handcrafted in a Parisian atelier, the Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry Collection features Swarovski Created Diamonds and crystals and reflects Swarovski’s heritage of craftsmanship, innovation, and excellence coupled with its continued commitment to sustainable practices.
Fotocredit: Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry Collection with Swarovski Created Diamonds