Diamonds And Rose Petals

Thought Catalog

Most people associate diamonds and rose petals with Valentine’s Day. I associate the two with poetry and patience – simplicity and soft hearts. A few months ago, my dad recited a line from a poem that resonated with me, although I don’t remember his exact words anymore. I could ask him, but then I’d have to admit that I’m still thinking about it, and for some reason I feel like that would be embarrassing. The poem was about how a rose petal was the only thing that could cut a diamond – quite literally the hardest substance in existence.

I thought this was such a beautiful concept. That softness is the only solution for hardness. That kindness is the only solution for unkindness. It seems so obvious, but too often we respond to anger with anger, or respond to hatred with hatred, and behave in other similar ways, fighting…

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13 Things You Didn’t Know About The Diamond Industry

Thought Catalog

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1. Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa. He has gone on record to say that his diamond mine, however, is dedicated to avoiding the use of blood diamonds.

2. There are two diamond industries: one dealing with gem-grade diamonds and another for industrial-grade diamonds.

3. Over 100 tons of synthetic diamonds are produced each year. They are used for skin exfoliant, saw blades for cutting asphalt and marble, among other tools.

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4. A planet made out of diamonds was discovered in 2011. But upon closer inspection, scientists claimed that the interior of the planet may “not be so glam” inside.

5. This 1982 article says that diamonds are actually really bad investments.

6. As 2013, there have been over 3 million deaths attributed to conflict diamond mining.

Swedish manufacturer Atlas Copco Craelius. From left: One Tungsten Carbide Bit and two Impregnated Drill Bits.Swedish manufacturer Atlas Copco Craelius. From left: One Tungsten…

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Diamonds, a Neptunian’s Best Friend

My Bookish Life


Diamond rivers, diamond icebergs, diamond rain: some scientists believe that all of these can be found on the planet Neptune (and Uranus). Scientists have done experiments recreating the pressure and temperature that can be found on Neptune and discovered that when diamonds are liquefied and then re-solidified, they act much like water. The solid diamonds will float in the liquid diamond like an iceberg in water. Of course it wasn’t easy to melt the diamonds. It took pressure that is 40 million times greater than what is felt at sea-level on Earth. Coincidentally, that’s the level of pressure that diamonds would encounter on Neptune.


As for the diamond rain, apparently, with enough heat and pressure, tiny diamonds can form in the methane in the atmosphere of Neptune. Based on research done at UC Berkeley, if pressurized liquid methane is heated to over 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, diamond dust can form and…

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Snow Pearls

Bel Air Jewelry

ImageFebruary is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years. The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar. In Finnish, the month is called helmikuu, meaning “month of the pearl”; when snow melts on tree branches, it forms droplets, and as these freeze again, they are like pearls of ice. Send this month of “love” off by melting your own latent desires and prepare your world for the spring that awaits you!

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Where to Sell Diamonds

Whenever you start off with something new, it is always good to gather as much information about it before giving it a shot isn’t it? There are many people who end up asking where to sell diamonds at least once in their life and if you ever find yourself in such a situation it is important that you know what to do or else you might get taken for a ride and receive far less than what your diamond is worth. So if you’ve been wondering how much you can get for your grandmother’s engagement ring, here are a few tips to keep in mind while heading down to the local pawn shop:

d31. You should always get an estimation/appraisal for your diamonds before trying to sell them. This estimation can be from jewelers or from insurance companies. These appraisals might not be anything close to what you were thinking you would get for your diamonds but you shouldn’t feel disappointed as the appraisal will at least leave you with a figure which you are sure to get no matter what. But you can’t really be sure about the value of your diamonds until you receive your first offer. It’s all uphill from there.

2. One other you can do to help determine the value of your diamonds is to get them certified. This will help a lot more than an appraisal as it will be from a gemological laboratory that knows what they’re talking about. Only use a reputable laboratory for the certification though. And the best part is that you can take the certification and show it to prospective buyers instead of having to roam around with an expensive diamond in your pocket. That seems a lot safer doesn’t it?

3. The last thing you need to keep in mind is to try and avoid internet deals as much as possible. Finding a buyer on eBay might not be the best solution for you and you will definitely not get your money’s worth. Do a little searching in your neighborhood and give the process a little time. There is always someone out there who is getting engaged and needs a diamond ring, if you search long enough, you will definitely find that person. And once you do, it won’t be too long before you can sell your diamond and see the cold hard cash in your hand.

So what are you waiting for? If you have a diamond to sell, start searching for prospective buyers today. Don’t forget to get your diamond certified though.