Prior to reaching a jewelry display case, it takes diamonds billions of
years to transform from carbon into precious stones. Whether people are
looking to buy or sell this precious gem, it can hold sentimental and
monetary value for all who possess it. If you are getting ready to go
shopping for a
diamond, be sure to read on to learn a bit more about these amazing stones.
Billions of years ago, diamonds began forming several miles below the Earth’s
surface as temperatures exceeding 2,000 °F combined with immense pressure
to transform carbon into crystals. These crystals were then brought to
the Earth’s surface at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour by
volcanic eruptions. Today, diamonds are mined in the cooled parts of volcanic matter, called
Kimberlites. Due to how diamonds are formed, they are not only naturally
fireproof, but are also the hardest known natural material on Earth.
Diamonds throughout History
As with gold coins, diamonds have long been a coveted possession. Although
diamonds are now purchased in America more than anywhere else on Earth,
India was the first country to recognize their beauty—they were
initially collected in rivers and streams there. Eventually, India’s
diamond trade reached the nobility of Western Europe, where diamonds became
the symbol of status that they still are today. The French Blue, a large
diamond that was featured in the French Crown, later broke off into one
of today’s most famous diamonds—The Hope Diamond. Today, diamonds
are still just as treasured as they have been throughout history. In April
of 2015, a 100-carat diamond sold at auction for $22 million.
If you are looking to buy or sell your precious jewelry or diamonds near
Rockville, MD, contact
Coins of the Realm, Inc. For over 30 years, we have been committed to creating a safe and reliable
atmosphere for our customers to purchase or sell their unique treasures.
Call us today at (301) 340-1640 to discover how we can help you.