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diamond They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend!  In addition to being one of the world's most desirable gemstones, diamonds are also the hardest naturally occurring substance known to man.  These valuable crystalline carbon minerals are formed deep in the earth under intense pressures and very high temperatures.  Diamonds are mined from volcanic pipe deposits that are found primarily in southern Africa and Siberia and to some extent Canada, Brazil and Australia.

Diamonds are also used for industrial applications.  More than three quarters of loose diamonds are used industrially, mainly as cutting, grinding, and polishing tools.  Diamond industrial tools are used on such diverse materials as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, and ceramics as well as natural stone and concrete.

Loose diamonds may be transparent, translucent or opaque.  Depending on their characteristics and color, they are designated for use in jewelry or for certain industrial applications.  The highest grade diamonds are used in jewelry, such as necklaces, rings, or earrings.

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Gemstone diamonds are judged by the four Cs:  carat, clarity, color, and cut.  Gem diamonds are usually transparent and colorless, or have a yellow hue.  The most valuable diamonds are colorless or pale blue, and have few "occlusions," or flaws, marring their clarity.  Industrial diamonds, while as hard as gemstone diamonds, are usually gray or brown.

Traditionally, women's engagement rings feature one large diamond and perhaps two or more smaller diamonds.  Wedding rings and wedding bands sometimes feature one or more diamonds as well.  Diamonds can be cut in several different ways and shapes to refract the light differently.  They are then set in a choice of settings, depending upon the wearer's preference.

LooseDiamonds.us features convenient access to fine jewelry dealers, loose diamond retailers and wholesalers, and diamond trading resources.

Wholesale Diamonds

  • NY Diamond Exchange
    Diamond engagement rings, loose diamonds, GIA certified diamonds and engagement rings from the New York Diamond Exchange.  NYDEX is located in the heart of New York City's diamond district and has over 80 years of diamond industry experience.
    www.NYDEX.com
  • HRA Group
    Diamond manufacturer and distributor.  HRA blends the traditional values of diamond manufacturing with innovative distribution solutions that have created one of the modern archetypes for the diamond and diamond jewellery vendor.
    www.HRAGroup.com
  • Diasqua
    Diamond trading organization specializing in polished diamonds – brilliants, fancies, contemporary cuts, certified goods, and unusual specials.
    www.Diasqua.com
  • S. Muller & Sons
    Sightholder, manufacturer, and distributor of diamonds throughout the world.
    www.Muller.be
  • A. Fishman & Son
    This diamond and jewelry company imports and wholesales loose diamonds.
    www.AFishman.com
  • Hearts And Arrows
    Diamond wholesalers who specialize in heart and arrows Ideal Cut diamonds.
    www.HeartsAndArrows.com

Industrial Diamonds

  • Element Six
    Supplier of industrial diamond and superabrasive materials used for tooling applications.
    www.E6.com
  • Horico Diamond Instruments
    Pfingst & Company distributes a wide range of Horico diamond tooling and instruments for the dental profession.
    www.Pfingstco.com

Diamond Trading Resource

  • Diamond Floor
    Offers an opportunity for diamond dealers to trade in certified diamonds.
    www.DiamondFloor.com

Diamond Information Resource

  • Diavik Diamond Mines
    Features a fascinating look at this recently developed Canadian diamond mine and its operations.
    www.Diavik.ca

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