Apparently, the word “diamond” comes from an ancient Greek word, “adamans”, meaning “hardest known substance”, via Latin, so it’s related to the current English word “adamant”.
Just like the stone itself, the word is one that can be recognised (more or less) in many different countries around the world. Most European, African, and even Austronesian languages, have a variation sounding quite similar to the English word. In Russian, though, a diamond is called a “brilliant” – isn’t that wonderful?!
In Asian and Middle-Eastern languages, it’s a split between the Greek-Latin derivation and variations of the Arabic-derived “almaz” – except in Hebrew, where it’s “yahalom”, straight from Biblical Hebrew.
Just as the word has different origins, so does the stone itself. Geological diamonds are created with carbon atoms being subjected over time to great heat and pressure. Our Ethical Diamonds are created in the same way but by science (lab-grown) rather than by the earth. So we don’t need to disrupt nature by mining for our diamonds. This allows us to reduce the cost of the stone significantly, as mining is an extremely expensive business. Hence why Ethical Diamonds are diamonds that “don’t cost the world”.
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