Last revised: April 19, 2018
11 Facts About Diamonds that Will Make You Rethink Your Cremation Decision
Diamonds are amazing. As the saying goes, “Diamonds are forever,” and their incredible strength and beauty testify to the truth of that saying. While many aspects of diamonds are well known (such as their hardness, their brilliance, and their romantic reputation), their lesser known aspects are equally fascinating. These facts might give you a greater appreciation for these beautiful gemstones as you consider how to use your cremains or the cremains of loved one to build a permanent and meaningful memorial.
Lab grown diamonds have the same composition as natural diamonds.
Natural diamonds have sometimes been preferred over lab grown diamonds because of a belief that they are somehow superior. However, in chemical composition, lab grown diamonds are identical to diamonds grown in the Earth. They have the same rigid, tetrahedral formation of the carbon atoms, giving them the same brilliance and quality of natural diamonds.
Diamonds throughout history have been thought to heal.
In the Middle Ages, diamonds were sometimes used to treat a variety of ailments, and in some circles today, diamonds (particularly yellow diamonds) are sometimes thought to improve emotional health and bring about clarity in thinking.
Historically, diamonds have also been thought to give strength, courage, and protection to those who wore them.
Diamonds have also often been thought to strengthen and protect their wearers. For example, a ring might be given to someone in order to endow them with a peaceful and strong spirit, and kings would sometimes add diamonds to their armor for protection in battle.
Ancient Romans and Greeks thought diamonds came from the tears of the gods or from stars.
The radiant beauty of diamonds can make them seem mystical. In response, mystical stories have arisen about the origin of diamonds. In particular, the ancient Romans and Greeks thought diamonds were the tears of the gods or pieces of stars fallen to earth.
Plato described diamonds as living beings.
The mystical traditions surrounding diamonds reached a sort of climax with Plato, who claimed that diamonds were alive with celestial spirits.
Diamonds are the hardest substance on earth, and their name reflects that fact.
As the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, and ranking at the top of Moh’s scale of hardness, nothing can scratch diamonds except for other diamonds. They also have an incredible pressure resistance that allows them to withstand pressures of up to 6 million atmospheres without damage. In fact, the word “diamond” comes from the Greek word adamas, which means “indestructible.” Thanks to their hardness, they will last forever.
Diamonds are a form of energy.
Diamonds, like the human body, are made from energy. The form that energy takes in the human body can easily be dissolved (such as during cremation). The energy in a diamond, however, takes an unbreakable form. High pressures and temperatures force the energy of the carbon atoms into the rigid shape that gives them their unmistakable and breathtaking appearance.
Rough diamonds look very much like regular stones.
When you think of a diamond, you probably think of the colorless, glistening jewel set in a piece of jewelry. However, diamonds only become this gorgeous after careful diamond cutting by an expert. A rough diamond actually looks much like a regular rock, its beauty waiting to be revealed through cutting and polishing.
Diamonds have unique industrial uses thanks to their thermal and electrical conductivity.
Diamonds can be practical as well as beautiful. Often, the thermal conductivity and lack of electrical conductivity of diamonds make them useful in certain settings, and some cutting edge research is being done on how to put these qualities to even more advanced use.
Only a small portion of the diamond is preserved after cutting and polishing.
Much of the rough diamond is lost after cutting. The largest diamonds, in fact, are broken into smaller pieces with a diamond saw to be cut and polished into beautiful individual gemstones. The resulting gems are even more precious and valuable as a result.
Diamonds come in many colors.
When you think of a diamond, you probably think of a colorless or clear gem. However, diamonds come in many different colors, from pink to brown to blue to green to black. In nature, colored diamonds are rare. Lab-grown diamonds, however, can be made in any color, allowing you to enjoy the kind of diamond, and diamond jewelry, that you wish.
Diamonds are a fascinating gemstone. Their unmatched beauty and radiance, combined with their long history make them an ideal choice for any type of jewelry. And now, with a memorial diamond from Heart In Diamond, you can use a diamond as a permanent reminder of the life of a deceased loved one.