History of Diamonds

Did you know that diamonds are the birthstones associated with April. If you’re an April baby, lucky you. Extremely rare, exceedingly beautiful and the most popular choice for engagement rings, our love affair with diamonds is unwavering. But, beyond the 4 C’s, how much do you know about these precious gemstones?

The word ‘Diamond' is derived from the Greek word "Adamas", which means adamant, invincible, impenetrable and thus non-tarnishable.

Diamonds are far rarer than gold. About 175,000 tons of gold have been mined in all of human history, while only around 500 tons of diamonds have been mined in the same amount of time.

A diamond is actually carbon in its most concentrated form. The carbon atoms all expand outward at the same rate in all directions during its initial growth,  into a face-centered cubic crystal structure called a diamond lattice, which makes its structure so rigid. Because of this rigid structure, a diamond can be contaminated by very few impurities. This means that a diamond never reveals it’s age. Probably making them the best investment you'll ever make, as they're destined to become family heirlooms, to be enjoyed and cherished for eternity.

At Bannon Jewellers, we have been creating memories for over three generations with our exquisite collection of engagement rings. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, we can provide all the advice you need on the cut, colour, clarity and carat for the right ring for you. Why not book an Engagement Ring Appointment, where one of our experts will assist you through every step, helping you make this important purchase with total confidence.


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