Diamonds are the most prized gemstones on Earth. Besides being the world’s hardest mineral, or a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, diamonds typically have exceptional clarity and brilliance. In fact, the word diamond comes from the Greek term adamas, meaning “unconquerable.” However, the high price of diamonds isn’t due to the gemstone’s rarity, but rather the monopolistic practices of De Beers, the colonialist South African mining...Continue Reading