The Basics: What is a diamond?


Let’s get started with some basic knowledge about diamonds.

What is a diamond?

A diamond is the result of carbon being exposed to intense heat and high pressure over a long period of time. They consist of a single element, which is carbon. Diamonds that are found today are millions of years old. Attached to host-rocks called "kimberlite", they are found deep below the earth's crust. The reason why they are considered a symbol for love and engagement is that diamonds are very rare, durable and every single one is absolutely unique.

Where do diamonds come from?

Diamonds come from so-called cratons, which are very stable geographic regions that are predominantly found in Australia, Botswana, Canada and Russia (think of CARB-countries, like carbon). Most diamonds come from Botswana, where the diamond-trade directly or indirectly supports a significant part of the economy.

What do rough diamonds look like?

Rough diamonds look like two pyramids stuck together, also referred to as octahedrons, because they have eight sides.

Are diamonds really that hard?

Yes. Diamonds are the hardest element in the world and are also used for drilling deep holes into the earth’s surface. Nothing can scratch a diamond unless you use another diamond. However, they do have cleavage, which means they can break along a plane in the crystal. However, that only occurs if they suffer a hard blow.

Why are diamonds so special?

First of all, every diamond in the world is unique: No diamond looks like another. Although diamonds are cut into typical shapes like round, oval, radiant or pear, they still differ due to small inclusions and impurities as well as little differences in color and cut grades. Also, every diamond is millions of years old. This makes them the perfect symbol for eternal love.

Are diamonds conflict-free?

You might have heard of so-called “blood diamonds” or “conflict diamonds

The diamonds offered by My Diamond Ring are 100% conflict-free and were purchased within the regulations of the so-called "Kimberley-Agreement", which prohibits trade with countries that exploit their labor force to finance violence and war.