Diamonds are possibly the most distinguished and desired of all the gemstones. Despite them being the most sought-after gem for most people, and the most expensive, many are probably left wondering what gives diamonds their high price tag and their even higher status.
Other gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires are all also considered to be precious and come in a range of beautiful colours, so what is it exactly about diamonds that give them an edge in popularity. Let us take a look at what gives diamonds the upper hand over the other types of gemstones.
Let us take a look at what gives diamonds the upper hand over the other types of gemstones and why they’re the most popular stone when it comes to engagement rings.
Diamonds are a very strong and hard gemstone
Many people want their jewellery and precious stone investments to last a lifetime, and some even want to pass it down to the next generation as heirloom pieces and diamonds make it easy to do so.
Diamonds are the hardest known naturally occurring substance in the world, with a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale; meaning they are hard, durable and truly are a cut above the rest.
When it comes to durability in gemstones, there is a clear winner when it comes to diamonds and there are very, very few gemstones that come close in terms of hardness.
But you may be asking yourself, how important is the durability of a gemstone when choosing the feature of a piece of jewellery? The softer and less durable your gemstone, the higher the chances of your precious gem being scratched, chipped and even cracked if it is hit hard enough.