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Debunking five of the most common diamond myths 

Debunking five of the most common diamond myths

Diamonds have been much loved stones for centuries – and there are plenty of myths and legends surrounding them. However, not everything you hear about diamonds is true. Read on, as we debunk the top five myths about diamonds, shedding light on the realities of the precious stones. 

1. Diamonds are indestructible 

The myth: Many believe diamonds are indestructible due to their status as the hardest natural substance. 

The reality: While diamonds are incredibly hard, they are not completely immune to breaking or chipping. Hardness primarily means resistance to scratching and accidental knocks, but not necessarily breaking. So, while they are durable for everyday wear, don’t purposefully expose your precious stones to excessive force, just in case! 

2. Diamonds are exceedingly rare 

The myth: A common misconception is that natural mined diamonds are extremely rare. 

The reality: Diamonds are a rare stone, and natural mined diamonds do take a lot of work to discover, mine, authenticate and verify. However, in comparison to other gemstones, diamonds are much more commonly found. It is the significance and beauty of diamonds that makes them so sought after. 

3. Bigger diamonds are always better 

The myth: There is a commonly held assumption that larger diamonds are always more valuable than smaller diamonds. 

The reality: While size is definitely a factor of a diamond’s value, it is also heavily dependent on its cut, colour, and clarity; the 4C’s of diamonds. Sometimes, a smaller, higher-quality diamond can be worth more than a larger, lower-quality one. Finding your perfect diamond is all about finding the perfect compromise between size and quality. 

4. Diamonds are always a good investment 

The myth: There is a belief that buying diamonds is a fail-safe investment, and that they’ll always increase in price. 

The reality: While diamonds can retain value, they are not always a guaranteed investment. Market demand, quality, and resale factors play significant roles in the investment potential of diamonds, like they do with all investments. A diamond should be bought because you love it, or because of its sentimental value – that’s where the stone’s real value lies. 

5. The ‘real’ colour of a diamond is always white or clear 

The myth: There is a widespread opinion that authentic diamonds are always white or clear – never any other shade or colour. 

The reality: Diamonds actually come in a range of colours, including yellow, pink, blue, grey and even black. These coloured diamonds, known as fancy diamonds, are valued for their rarity and unique hues – making them extremely expensive. The Diamond Store uses brand new technology that allows us to create coloured diamonds in the lab; making them much more affordable than ever before. Check out our Elara collection, for lab-grown, consciously crafted coloured diamonds, in soft, romantic hues. 

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