What is the magic behind diamond jewelry? Why are they absolutely so beautiful? Although diamonds have forever been treasured for their strength and rarity, they were not always something awesome to look at. It has taken centuries upon centuries of trial and error before jewelers discovered how to create exotic cuts such as the princess diamond ring.
The story of diamond rings starts hundreds of millions of years ago and miles beneath the earth’s surface. Petroleum and coal is formed from the remains of plants and animals that lived and died over half a billion years ago. These remains went under the earth over time, where they were subjected to preternatural geologic forces, which transformed them from organic matter into oil and coal.
The precious stones that are set in diamond engagement rings are formed the same way. The difference between a lump of coal and a diamond is one of degree – the geologic forces of heat and pressure that transforms organic carbon into gems that wind up as part of diamond rings are thousands of times greater.
In fact, it is possible to turn coal into diamond, which is essentially what happens when artificial, industrial-grade diamonds are manufactured in a laboratory.