Diamond Bangles

The phrase “Diamonds are Forever” which was popularized by the seventh movie in the James Bond series describes this allotrope of carbon very accurately. The word “diamond” itself is derived from the ancient Greek word “adamas” which means “unbreakable”. A diamond is an allotrope of carbon. An allotrope being a different form of the same element. Another allotrope of carbon is graphite, commonly known as lead. Not lead as in flying bullets but lead as in what you find in the middle of your pencil. So the diamond sparkling on your finger is a close cousin of the lead in the pencil held in your hands.

Most natural diamonds began life at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers in the Earth mantle, being formed from carbon under very high-pressure and very high-temperature conditions. This is, by no means, an overnight event. Diamonds take 1 billion to 3.3 billion years to form. Then from the depths of the Earth, they are brought close to the surface through deep volcanic eruptions by magma, a molten rock which cools into igneous rocks known as kimberlites and lamproites. Socialites, it is said, are also brought out into the open by diamonds.

Diamonds can be produced artificially, too, in a high-pressure high-temperature process which approximates the situation in the Earth mantle. There are several non-diamond material, like cubic zirconia and silicon carbide, which are diamond look-alikes and are called diamond simulants. Special gemological techniques are used to distinguish between natural, synthetic and simulant diamonds.

Traditionally, bangles are ornaments worn by Hindu women. Said bangles being worn as a symbol of matrimony. Much like a wedding ring. The Hindus have an interesting custom involving bangles. A bride would wear as many glass bangles as possible on her wedding and the honeymoon will end when the last bangle breaks. Wonder what the Hindu bridegroom thinks about having to walk like a cat on a hot tin roof, so to say.

Bangles are rigid ornaments whereas bracelets are flexible. The word bangle is actually derived from the Hindi word “bungri” meaning “glass”. Sounds logical considering the aforementioned custom. Of course, bangles are not only made of glass. There are bangles made from gold, silver, platinum, wood and even plastic. The latest incarnation of the bangle comes with a pure gold strip thermo-mechanically fused to a bronze base. Said latest fad being called the Bengali Bangle. No prize for guessing who started the idea rolling.

Basically, bangles come in two configurations. Either as a solid cylinder type or as a split, cylindrical spring opening/closing type. The first type is usually not put on and taken off everyday. In fact, this type of bangle can become quite a permanent fixture when the wearer puts on some extraneous subcutaneous fatty tissue.

However, if it is a diamond bangle, the wearer may not have any inclination to remove it at all. If you are thinking of presenting the object of your adoration with a diamond bangle, there are a lot to choose from.

A gold-plated 2.21 carat Cubic Zirconia White Bangle is only $86. Of course, cubic zirconia is only a diamond simulant. For a bangle with real diamonds, you can choose a Sterling Silver Black and White Diamond Bangle for just $549. Combining the sturdy sterling silver with the unbreakable diamond is a good way of expressing your love in a very permanent way.

If you don’t like sterling silver and want something more precious, so to say, you can get a 10K Yellow Gold Diamond Cuff Bangle for only $1,550. Want something even more precious than that? Try the 18K Yellow 22 mm Hammered Top Half 1.32 carat Diamond Bangle. Only a few dollars less than twenty-five thousand.

And while you are in the market for diamond bangles, here are some useful tips to help you distinguish between a real diamond and one that may not be exactly what the seller says it is.

The easiest test is, of course, the scratch test. Scratch the gemstone across the surface of a piece of glass. A real diamond would scratch the glass. A fake diamond would end up being the injured party instead.

Another test that does not require special equipment is the reading glass test. A real diamond is cut in such a way that light does not travel straight through it. Instead light would bounce around the inside walls of the diamond, thus giving it the signature sparkle. So it is impossible to see through a real diamond. Just hold a diamond over a piece of newspaper like a reading glass. If you can read the print on the newspaper through the diamond, then what you have in your hand is not a real diamond.

It is said that there is another very simple test to tell if a diamond is real. Give one to a girl. If she swoons, it is real. If she slaps you, it is not. Please note that this test has not been verified with properly documented field tests, so use it at your own risk.

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