History of Diamonds
The word diamond takes its roots in the Greek word “Adamas” which means “indomitable”. Ancient Greeks were astonished by the particularities and the natural graces of the gem and believed that the name “adamastos” (diamond) suits perfectly its beauty and splendor. They would only assimilate its shine to the one of the stars!
A diamond is composed from clear crystal carbon that has been exposed to intensive pressure and high temperatures within the subsoil. It surfaced our lands through volcano eruptions after millions of years. Therefore we mainly have the chance to find diamonds around volcanic areas and river shores (usually transported by rainfalls).
As far as we know, the first diamond mine dates back to approximately 3000 BC in India. In our days, the biggest diamond mines are located in South Africa, the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of Namibia, Angola, Russia, The Republic of Zaire, and Australia. The biggest of all is now in Kimberley, South Africa, where the biggest uncut diamond as known to date was found. It was cut in smaller pieces now part of the British Royal treasures.
Two hundred and fifty tons of minerals are needed to obtain a one-carat diamond (processed). It is worth noting that from the all the diamonds that are picked, less than 20% are used in jewelry. They are called “gem-quality diamonds”. From the latest, only 5% are bigger than 1 Carat. The remaining 80% are used for industrial purposes (NASA, high-tech, etc…) and are called “industrial diamonds”.
For a diamond to find its way to a woman’s finger, it has to travel at least 4 continents, and to be checked by many experienced eyes in major centers specializing in diamond polishing and processing. It is the only mineral composed by only one element and not a combination of minerals. It’s the toughest (it can be engraved only by another diamond), and has high light refraction as its density delays the speed of light by 2/3. The clarity of its composition along with its capability to absorb and reflect light in a very unique way define the diamond as the most genuine, limpid, and pure stone of the precious gems family.
When a diamond is extracted from the rock, it looks like a very dim and casual stone. The agility of an experienced diamond cutter is enough to transform the diamond in a way that allows light to penetrate, reflect, and offer a natural luminosity that makes it unique. The polishers’ work is one of the most important components to secure a beautiful outcome.
The diamond is the center of our collection at Diamonds Club as it is the most beautiful and rare gem of all.
Symbol of Love
Nature has gifted the diamond with unique clarity, lively brightness and endurance to time; and has distinguished the diamond as the most valuable gifts given to men. Ancient writings reveal to us that the diamond has been associated through the years with the most noble and strong feelings of all: love. According to Indies mythology, the diamond had a great deal of influence in love. It was the greatest symbol of eternal love and the ultimate expression of faith and adoration. The Greeks named the diamond “Adamas” (indomitable) combining this symbol of eternal love to the fireful element of passion. Untamed and timeless.
They believed that the fire within a diamond reflects thoroughly the eternal flame in ones’ heart for their loved one. Written texts also tell us that in 1477 the Archduke of Austria desperately seeking to express his deepest feelings to his future wife Mary of Burgundy, offered her a solitaire diamond ring while proposing. The first solitaire engagement ring was now a fact!
In our days, the solitaire ring still expresses the authenticity of true feelings, endless love, faith and devotion. A diamond jewel as a gift for an anniversary re-affirms the deepest feelings to your other half and your willingness to continue the rest of your lives together; keeping your love timeless and indestructible.
At diamond Club you will find the perfect jewel for every unique moment of your life… for the beginning of your marriage, for an expression of love, for the birth of your child, or simply for an “I miss you” and a “just to say: I love you”!
Cleaning – protecting – storing
Diamonds need to be taken care of to keep their brightness alive. A diamond reflects your true love and devotion. It should always look as sparkling and pure as the day you received it.
Warm water bath
Fill up a small bowl with water and soap, brush gently with a soft toothbrush while the jewel is immerged. Then place your jewel in a strainer (just in case a stone might fall of) and rinse it with clear water. Dry with a fine cloth.
Prepare a small bowl with 5 parts of cold water, one part of cooking ammonia, and a short squeeze of dish-soap. Place your jewel in the bowl for about 30mins and brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Then place your jewel in a strainer (just in case a stone might fall of) and rinse it with clear water. Dry with a fine cloth.
Professional cleaning products
You will find a variety of cleaning products in the market. We will be very glad to advise you when needed. Once you have made your choice, simply follow the steps written on the label to have a perfectly shiny diamond.
Vodka on the rocks!
Nobody really knows how this method was invented. But it certainly works! Simply bath your jewel in a glass of vodka, wait and rinse.
AT DIAMOND CLUB WE ADVISE TO HAVE YOUR JEWELS PROFESSIONALY CLEANED ONCE A YEAR.
THIS WILL HELP THEM BE AS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL AS THE FIRST DAY YOU WORE THEM.