Post # 1
It’s that good quality ones are 🙂 Industrial-grade diamonds are much more common than jewellery-grade, and then when we are talking excellent cut, excellent color, excellent clarity? Yes, those are very rare.
Just to clear up that little misunderstanding I often see posted in threads on somewhat related topics… without derailing those threads 🙂
Post # 3
Yeah but DeBeers has countless millions of carats of gem quality diamonds stockpiled in their vaults in order to create a false rarity on the market. They release little batches of them when need be.
Post # 6
The cartel was broken a few years ago, and there was a class-action for those who overpaid due to the cartel, as well. The monopoly and those practices haven’t existed for some time now. See wikipedia: DeBeers diamond cartel.
Post # 8
@joya_aspera: Yes, and colored diamonds (natural) are one in 10,000 <3 diamonds <3
People can hate on diamonds all they want. Personally I have always loved and will continue to love diamonds.
Post # 9
I’m not that knowledgable about diamond rarity, but the other day I got to see three large natural alexandrites with exceptional blue-to-red color change quality. I was informed that they’ll probably be the *only* natural ones of the that quality I’ll ever see in my lifetime. Now that is really rare!
Post # 11
@MrsVanilla: My favorite stone! The good ones are way too expensive for me to own though.
Post # 12
@joya_aspera: All it says it that DeBeers paid them off, but admitted no fault. It doesn’t say anything about the monopoly or cartels being broken, nor that their stock piles have been released.
Post # 13
Investment quality are rare, these are like 20 carat and flawless and people do not wear them.
jewelry quality are still fairly common, just think of all the supplies at all the jewelry stores around.
Post # 14
Why do people always feel the need to come on here and “educate” others about the rarity or lack thereof of diamonds. Really, does anyone even care?
Post # 15
If you don’t care, then don’t read a thread about the rarity of diamonds. Obviously enough people do care to have a conversation about it.
Post # 16
@Hasellyn: Yes but those are almost all SI H or below. And stock moves slowly (not including melee sized). Many women will own only one non-melee diamond in their lifetime. Many men will not own any. So even those are not exactly “common”. And I’m just talking about the people in the richest countries in the world here, as well. Most people don’t ever own any diamonds whatsoever. BTW, diamonds do not have to be anywhere near 20 carat D flawless to be “investment-grade”, but that certainly would qualify.
Although I wanted to correct this misunderstanding about rarity I keep seeing on the bee threads (without derailing the threads I saw that on), rarity actually isn’t a big factor in what I personally love about diamonds. I love the unique lightplay of a high-quality one… I find it has a very unique dazzle, but on a pure “feeling” level, I love that they are billions of years old, formed naturally by pressures in our planet, and each one unique. It’s like having a little bit of earth’s history in(or on) your hand. That fascinates me. It’s humbling to think of their age. In comparison, we are just here for a mere moment in time. This is a factor all grades of diamonds have. A last point I’ll make is that I actually love many natural stones, for similar reasons, and many of them capture my heart with their beautiful natural colors.