What Do You Know About Colored Diamonds?

Colored diamonds are frequently not given the attention that they deserve for the sole reason that people mistakenly believe that they are somehow inferior to classic, white diamonds. The truth is that colored diamonds appear by the same organic process just as white diamonds. Everybody who thinks less of colored diamonds should know that they are much more hard to come by.

On the Formation of Diamonds

We’ve all heard that diamonds are forever. Diamond doesn’t differ from graphite in its pure chemical element since they are both made out of carbon. However, the differences in allotropy make them poles apart in terms of their appearance, properties, and of course, their price. One of the reasons a diamond rock is more expensive than your graphite pencil is the structure of the molecules.

In graphite, we see the planes of hexagonal structures layered on top of one another so that every other layer lines up, and not the adjacent one. The bonds between carbon molecules in graphite are both strong covalent as well as weak interlayer bonds. Diamond carbon molecules, on the other hand, have only strong covalent bonds. The allotropy of diamond carbons consists of tetrahedral shapes throughout the spheres. All carbon bonds are connected, leaving no lone pairs.

The earth’s mantle, a layer below the crust and mantle, is the place that creates diamonds. The exact composition of the rocks from which the diamonds form is not known. The circulation of hot water and other fluids commonly found in the earth’s mantle is what alters the chemical composition of rocks, melting and dissolving them to create a new mineral.

From the pit of the earth that creates diamonds, hot magma rises with speed of up to 20 meters per second. In the case of diamonds, kimberlite rocks containing diamonds form volcanic kimberlite pipes. The vertical kimberlite pipes are how people were able to find diamonds that predate humankind itself.

Getting Familiar With Colored Diamonds

Colored diamonds are extraordinarily rare. Unlike white diamonds, colored diamonds have additional chemical constituents in the chemical formula or peculiarities in the chemical structure that result in a particular type of pigment.

Type 1 diamonds diluted with nitrogen atoms in big aggregates of even numbers give a color in the spectrum of dark yellow to brown. If there’s no pairing in the nitrogen atoms, it causes a lighter shade of the same tint, like intense bright yellow or brown. One example of non-paired nitrogen type 1 diamonds is the Canary diamond, accounting for just 10% of natural diamonds. Type 1 diamonds absorb ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

Type 2 diamonds get their color not by nitrogen impurities, but by anomalies in the chemical structure. Plastic deformation, coming from an exerted force or a change in temperature during crystal growth, can alter the color of the diamond. Type 2 diamonds color can be affected by crystal lattice distortion, boron in the crystal matrix, varying degrees of radiation, the inclusion of graphite, sulfides, and hydrogen content. Unlike type 1 diamonds, type 2 diamonds absorb infrared and transmit ultraviolet radiation.

Your Best Choice for Colored Diamonds

Diamonds have been a subject of controversy for far too long. With blood diamonds, also known as conflict diamonds coming from impoverished countries, many people’s stance on diamonds had started to dwindle. However, technology has come about with cutting-edge laboratories able to produce authentic synthetic diamonds. Regular diamonds take billions of years to form, while with the right equipment, you can have diamonds of any color created in just a few weeks.

Colored diamonds are not only a style statement but one of the best investment options you can make.

Concert Review: Marina and The Diamonds – Rumsey Playfield, NYC

Marina and The Diamonds
The Lonely Hearts Club Tour
May 29th, 2013
Rumsey Playfield, New York City

On May 29th, Marina And The Diamonds took the stage at the Rumsey Playfield in New York City for the last stop on The Lonely Hearts Club Tour. Fans got there early, and by 5:00pm, the line to get into the venue was already reaching across Central Park. The concert was opened by Charli XCX, writer of the hit summer song, Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” When Marina finally took the stage, the sun had set, the crowd was ready, and the cheer was exuberant as she stepped out wearing a 1950’s-inspired pink dress and wedding veil.

The Welsh singer-songwriter, Marina, is mainly known for her electro-pop music with catchy lyrics and a kitsch-with-an-edge personal style. Fans refer to themselves as diamonds, and her lyrics often bank on offbeat humor and alter-egos to tell the stories of different characters. The set list was comprised of a nice mix of songs from both her debut album “The Family Jewels” (2010) and her more recent release, “Electra Heart” (2012).

Each song and each costume change throughout the concert seemed to depict a new character. The common thread throughout? Love.

And nowhere was the theme more present than when she took to the stage for the encore, solo- just her at her piano. Directly addressing the audience, she broke out in tears several times while talking about her struggles as an artist and what the fans meant to her. “Last year, I was like, I really enjoy doing Electra Heart, but I always felt like- oh, there were so many things wrong and, like, you know, people hated me or like, I’m definitely a glass half empty girl. But since the beginning of this year, I actually haven’t been, and I’ve done this Lonely Hearts Club Tour, and I’ve enjoyed it so much. It’s because of you guys. Of course, you know, I’d like to be a good artist, but it’s the fan base who spreads the word, and I’m not a hits artist. Obviously, I’ve had singles, but I know that you’re an album crowd. This is the end of Electra Hearts, but I have the feeling we’re going to stick together for a long time.”

You know what they say, Marina. Diamonds are forever.

 

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