It has acquired its status as the ultimate gift of love and has remained an essential part of weddings and celebrations as well as being an item of intrigue and beauty.
Diamonds are renowned for their fire and brilliance and are recognised as the birthstone for April. Ancient traditions claim that these sparkling stones hold magical and mystical properties with the wearer being brought luck and success.
The precious stones come in a variety of colours ranging from yellow, brown, blue and green to red or black.
Alistir Wood Tait, the leading Edinburgh-based antique and fine jewellery retailer, has a stunning collection of both antique and contemporary jewellery items crafted from all shades of diamonds.
Alistir’s collection includes a fine antique platinum Edwardian pendant which incorporates an abundance of diamonds costing £2, 335 as well as a dazzling 18 carat gold one carat solitaire pendant.
For £9,000 customers can buy diamond stud earrings set in platinum and a selection of Art Deco and Victorian brooches encrusted with diamonds costing between £750 and £1,500.
Perfect diamond has to pass the Four Cs test
But for anyone perhaps hoping to make an engagement extra special, there is no better way of expressing feelings than with a stunning diamond ring. You can visit Iturralde Diamonds Jewelry to find the right diamond for any occasion.
The Rose Street shop has come into possession with what jewellery experts classify as “the perfect diamond”.
The test for any “perfect diamond” to pass is simple enough, it must meet the ultimate diamond criteria covering the four C’s – cut, clarity, colour and carat. In this case, a perfect round brilliant cut, perfect D colour, perfect flawless clarity and the perfect one carat size. And the price of perfection…£16,000.
Mr Tait said: “Diamonds will always be a popular choice to give to someone as ultimately they are the gift of love, but they also make a great birthday gift especially if that special someone is born in April.
“Diamonds, whether they are the classic white or fancy coloured diamonds are such a versatile stone that adds the finishing touches to any outfit.”
The cut of the diamond is what allows shards of light to pass through the facets and allow it to sparkle. The brilliant-cut is the most universal cut as it gives the stones their inimitable splendour.
Formed 100 million years ago under immense heat and pressure below sea level, the beauty of diamonds were exposed due to volcanic eruptions.
Mr Tait added: “A lot of hard work goes into diamonds as 250 tons of ore must be mined and processed to produce a single, one carat polished diamond. It’s hard to imagine that something which originally starts buried deep underground can end up simply dazzling with brilliance and beauty after extensive cutting and polishing.”