7 Things I Never Knew About Engagement Ring Diamonds
Let's get one thing out of the way first: I'm not engaged, and I won't be anytime soon, but that doesn't mean I don't have a thing for diamond rings (because hey, a girl can dream). So, when I had the chance to learn about where diamonds come from, I jumped at the chance. I traveled with Forevermark to Botswana, where I visited the world's richest diamond mine (where a mind-boggling 15 million carats a year are extracted), Jwaneng Mine.
While you may envision a deep dark cave, instead, we visited a large pit mine where trucks the size of a house carted diamond-filled dirt away to be processed. In addition, I had the chance to visit cutting and polishing facilities for Forevermark, where I learned about the process of creating an engagement ring diamond from start to finish.
Along the way, I was surprised (and impressed) to learn about everything that goes into the sparkly stone on your finger. Below, I'm sharing seven things that took me by surprise.
Check it all out below.
One Raw Diamond Does Not Always Mean One Polished Diamond
I'm not sure what I imagined the process of cutting a raw diamond to be, but visiting the facility still served as a surprise. One large raw diamond is actually divided into a range of smaller ones when cut, all based on customer demand and how to get the most value.
There's a Process to Picking the Perfect Cut
Like any other industry, trends come and go, but according to Forevermark, a round brilliant diamond has always been the most popular choice. Today, fancy-cut diamonds have also risen in popularity, now accounting for over 50% of all diamond purchases, according to a study by De Beers in 2015.
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This press trip was paid for by Forevermark. Editors' opinions are their own.