Everyone has always liked sparkly things.
We’re all magpies in disguise
007 wants a word with you
[Please talk to Luigi](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KigVdcSr8s4)
Fun fact: you can burn up a diamond
What temperature is required?
Diamonds are actually quite common, and aren’t worth nearly as much as we pay for them. They also have to be cut, shaped and polish to look like what we expect to see.
Yes! Also there are more diamonds sitting in vaults than there has been in jewellery, if there were more diamonds on the market they'd be worthless.
Plastics are Forever ™️
Diamonds are only valuable because the people selling them act like they are
Not just people selling them, but society in general. This is basically a strong selffulfilling Prophecy. Even if you don't believe that they are valuable, the fact that others perceive them valuable, makes them valuable to you, since you could sell them and buy something which is valuable to you.
To be fair, I really wanted an Opal engagement ring. Opals are soft and my opal broke within a year. I believe it was due to cold exposure and then going inside. Thankfully opals are cheap and my new one is even prettier.
See, I always made sure to explain care for natural opals to my clients.
Most people don't know they can contain up to 15% water, so a good overnight bath every 2 to 6 months is part of upkeep. Deciding on a doublet or a triplet seems like a 'cheap' option, but having that layer of stronger stone can help make a piece like a ring less fragile (to everyday bumps and dings). How a stone is cut, how thick it is, etc., factor in. If you know a jeweler you can trust, it's okay to ask about different options.
Their moment as an engagement ring trend was as nerve-wracking as the immediate follow up with pearls! I hate the idea of a crop of unhappy brides a year down the line.
I've only sold one pair of wedding rings with opal as the main stone, because the setting helped protect the stones, and they were high-quality triplets from a designer I loved.
They are not referring to the longevity of the diamond as much as what it signifies. The implied message is that if the ring is diamond it's a sign that the relationship will be enduring (because diamonds are $$ and you wouldn't blow that $$ on a trifling relationship). "Forever" also echoes the same word used in wedding vows. It's a good piece of marketing.
I had read that the forever branding was a specific reaction to the "used" diamond market. If it is forever, then you wouldn't sell your diamond ring back, and thus debeers controls supply with no secondary market to compete with, keeping prices high.
DeBeers: "A diamond is forever."
Physicists: (laughs in proton decay)
You don't even need proton decay. [Diamonds can be burned](https://youtu.be/1QbHRLpYc-0?t=151).
It's just carbon, so with enough heat and enough oxygen you can just burn the carbon into carbon dioxide.
And they don’t even last forever! Why would I want something that doesn’t survive the heat death of the universe?
Yeah! Coincidentally, that’s also the reason I’m not in a relationship right now.
100% Agree. Although the "special" status comes from the fact that diamond is the hardest known substance in the universe so nothing can scratch it.
But so much of the mystique associated with diamonds was contrived by big corporations trying to get you to spend, spend, spend.
Apparently the "Engagement Rings should cost a Month's Salary" was dreamt up by De Beers and put out there in the days before "influencers". So amazing how quickly it became "received wisdom".
To be fair, there were centuries of royalty, from around the world, coveting the clear gem, so De Beers had some help from previous 'marketing' that helped accelerate their social engineering.
In the wise words of Michael from the good place: Diamonds are literally carbon molecules lined up in the most boring way. They're worthless space garbage.
Hey, they're VERY useful for industry! Shiny garbage otherwise though.
But are those other rocks shiny af?
Twinkle = $$$
Eventually they will degrade to graphite.
Moissanite is a more affordable and durable stone. It looks like a diamond. It's always clear, unlike a diamond which can be cloudy. It's also a stone that came from space (was found in meteor craters), which makes it much, much cooler!
The plastic can have more value eventually, it can becomes petroleum in some millions of years
Well, the earth itself is at least a billion years old rock floating in space that no one cares about.
Fuck diamonds, bland ass clear rocks that honestly aren’t that special
Gimme something colorful and pretty, like amethyst. It’s fucking purple and I love it
Fun fact: They actually won't last forever. Diamonds are a slightly unstable configuration under normal pressure and temperature. Eventually diamonds will rearrange themselves back into the stable form of graphite over trillions of years. Regardless they ain't worth killing kids in Africa for.
But diamonds are beautiful.
Diamonds have ZERO intrinsic value, they’re shiny rocks whose supply is artificially restricted to make them seem more valuable, one of the bigger hoaxes perpetuated onto man, probably second only to a story to cover an affair that went WAY too far.
That's not true, diamonds are great for drilling cutting and sanding, nowhere near what we value jewelry but it has actual value
And they are made from one of the most common elements on earth. Humans are so good at making diamonds now, the only way to tell if the are natural is if they have enough flaws.
Diamonds lasting forever is a marketing thing to keep people from reselling them. It helps keep the price of mined diamonds up by reducing the reuse of diamonds already in circulation.
Every snowflake is unique, and so is every potato.
I love this and plan to use it at the next available opportunity.
As a geologist I now have an insane amount of rocks that to most people would be the most insignificant things, but represent literally billions of years of collisions, erosion, metamorphosis and volcanism. Each represents such a unique time in the earths history.
Still, First question people ask when they see my collection though is “any diamonds?”
What's your top pick?
I have a Rat's Hair Psilomelane from the Nancy Ann Mine!
Don't diamonds turn to graphite over time?
Nokia vs Iphone. U want the Nokia?
Diamonds are a sham
its marketing. no one used diamond engagement rings until deBeers came along and started creating the "need" for them.
Its also a lie, they are a metastable allotrope of carbon and are slowly converting to their most stable state, graphite
The diamond industry is a scam
Diamonds last forever, but so does plastic trash in the ocean
Same thing for lobsters. And purple dye.
Trash all round.
Allow me to explain the thought process: "Ohh! Shiny and hard, much good!"
They have to come up with some bullshit reason to charge so much money for them.
I'd rather have a large ruby.
It's value lies in beauty of diamond. People wants special and rare things so that they can feel somewhat special themselves. Diamond itself is "worthless" but the feeling of specialness is the value.
Not weird at all, it’s actually a perfect slogan with the idea that diamonds (normally associated with engagement rings) symbolize forever.
Even funnier when you realize that fossils (which people keep calling dinosaur bones) aren't actually bones at all. They're actually rocks (to be more precise, the minerals that were in the bones).
Diamond isn't ugly tho.
And the price of diamonds is drastically overinflated. They’re not as rare as diamond companies would have you believe and they can be created relatively easily now. Tbh I’d prefer a nice red ruby instead a clear rock
Diamonds are the hardest naturally forming material in the world. Where as most other rocks can break down from various types of weathering/erosion.
Yeah tell it to the Afrikaans and other people who are affected by the trade.
Diamonds are worthless IMHO they are only valuable because DeBeers told us they are... they are nearly useless
Diamonds are a flat out scam.
Diamonds are intrinsically worthless
The slogan "a diamond is forever" was created by Mary Frances Gerety for a company called De Beers to sell more diamonds, this was pushed hard and it helped define a generation. Engagement rings became standard and the prices have since been highly inflated.
Check out Adam Ruins Everything, he's got better citation than me.
Good publicists, looking at you Debeers you evil twunts.
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