Fact: The diamonds you wear in your jewellery were formed even before the dinosaurs walked the earth. Fact: The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were the tears of the gods. Fact: In the Middle Ages, people were convinced that precious stones had a magical attractive power on loved ones. Fact: Some things people claim about natural and synthetic diamonds are completely false. We separate the truth from the myths.

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How rare are natural diamonds?

BAUNAT does not sell jewellery with synthetic diamonds, only real diamonds.
It takes very specific circumstances for a diamond to grow into a valuable precious stone. Nowadays, only a small part of the ancient carbon layer deep in the earth's crust forms the raw materials to produce jewellery. Moreover, it is not easy to extract raw diamonds, which contributes to their rarity. This is also one of the most significant reasons that people starting producing synthetic diamonds.

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High-quality natural diamonds are extremely rare, which is what makes them so valuable.
BAUNAT does not sell jewellery with synthetic diamonds, only real diamonds.
The red diamond is the rarest natural precious stone. Only a few of these diamonds surface on a yearly basis and that translates into a high price. So, an interesting investment. In the of autumn 2016, a raw red diamond weighing 4.38 was discovered in Australia. It appeared to glow like a hot coal and was suitably christened ‘Argyle Everglow’.

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How are synthetic diamonds made?

Millions of years ago, high temperatures put the carbon layers deep under the earth's crust under extreme pressure. This caused the carbon to change from a crystal structure to form diamonds. People imitate this process at an accelerated rate in laboratories, which creates synthetic diamonds. Such as diamond costs less than the natural variety, which are becoming even rarer – and therefore also more valuable.

Synthetic diamonds are mainly used in industrial applications. They are a sustainable alternative to  natural precious stones, which unfortunately do not constitute a renewable raw material. The synthetic versions are used for water treatment, anti-counterfeiting technology and even semiconductors.
BAUNAT does not sell jewellery with synthetic diamonds, only real diamonds.

Choose the right diamond for me

One of the advantages of a natural diamond is that it tends to increase in value and it can be a good investment.You won't be able to recognise a synthetic diamond with your naked eye. Or even with a microscope or magnifying glass. The only 100% guarantee you have that the diamond you are buying is real is a certificate of authenticity. Real diamonds are provided with an HRD, GIA or IGI certificate, and a designation of  'Natural Diamond'. You also receive a certificate with a synthetic diamond, with the explicit information that it is not a natural product. That is why you are best buying diamond jewellery from a recognised jeweller with the requisite expertise, such as BAUNAT.

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Synthetic diamonds are a sustainable alternative to natural diamonds.
BAUNAT does not sell jewellery with synthetic diamonds, only real diamonds.
Probably one of the most persistent myths is that you run a high risk of being offered a blood diamond. Blood diamonds come from war zones and the revenue is used to finance insurgents. They are often extracted under duress, even by children. So, you don't want that on your finger. It is also why major players in the industry set up the Kimberley Process. This initiative subjects every load of diamonds to comprehensive checks and states that the accompanying certificate must be protected against counterfeiting.

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The difference between natural and synthetic diamonds

It goes without saying that the prices of synthetic diamonds are lower than for real diamonds. The first is merely crystallised carbon, which undergoes chemical processes to imitate the appearance and structure of natural diamonds.

Would you like a more affordable alternative to your coloured diamond but you want a natural stone? Then rather than a diamond,  choose another precious stone, such as  sapphire, ruby or emerald.

Natural diamonds as an investment

An item of jewellery with a natural diamond is an investment, a genuine family heirloom that only increases in value with time.  Moreover, investing in a diamond is a sustainable investment in more than one sense. The diamond industry is explicitly committed to environmentally friendly production processes and good employment conditions for the workers.

Would you like to know more about our exclusive jewellery? BAUNAT sells 100% natural diamonds of the highest quality and each with a certificate of authenticity. Our experts will answer all your questions.

Read more about diamonds

You now know the difference between synthetic and real diamonds and how they are made. There is plenty more to learn about diamonds, so please read on.
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