How many tons of earth does it take to yield 1 carats worth of diamond?

 

The following is a question we are asked from time to time.

How many tons of land needs to be mined for a 1 carat diamond?

There is no other gemstone quite like a diamond. It is found in the most remote places on earth, and the fact that it forms at all is something of miracle. It takes about one ton of rock to recover less than half a carat of rough, making diamond one of the rarest and most desired gemstones in the world. A diamond is a testament of endurance and strength- and not surprisingly, the ultimate symbol of love.

Every diamond is unique. Each reflects the story of its arduous journey from deep inside the earth to a cherished object of adornment. Yet all diamonds share certain features that allow us to compare and evaluate them. These features are called The 4 C’s.

 

Joseph R. Villarreal, G. G. (GIA)

Villarreal Fine Jewelers – Austin’s Custom Jeweler,  Austin, TX
 “Your custom diamond engagement ring specialist”  

 

 

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