Diamond Stone (Heera)
The diamond stone, or Heera, is associated with the Venus planet. Natural diamond is the purest form of carbon and the most beautiful and highly precious gemstone. It is the hardest material known until now. Apart from being used in jewellery, due to its hardness, it is also used in many other places. Nowadays, it is also made synthetically in labs.
Physical properties and chemical composition
The chemical composition of a diamond is carbon (c). Its hardness is 10 on the Mohs scale, which means it is the hardest material on earth. The specific gravity (S.G.) is 3.515 and the refractive index (R.I.) is 2.417.
Origin place or source country
Russia and Botswana (Africa) produce the majority of diamonds. The Jwaneng Mine in Kgalagadi, Botswana, is the world’s richest mine, producing diamonds of the highest quality. The government of Botswana owns it.
Australia, Brazil, China, and Canada are some of the other countries that produce commercial-quality diamonds.
The United States of America has more than 40% of the global consumer base in the diamond market. However, it does not have any major commercial mines, except for a few. In India, these are primarily found in Madhya Pradesh (about 90%), Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and Chattisgarh.
Synthetic, duplicates, or copy
Synthetic moissanite, zircon, strontium titanate, yag, ggg, synthetic rutile, natural or synthetic sapphire, doublets, etc.
Buying guide – how to value?
As in most cases of Gemstones, it is a dominant factor in determining the price. It comes in a variety of colors including grey, blue, yellow, orange, pink, and red. However, colored diamonds are considered lower quality because of impurities. Generally, colorless diamonds are of the highest quality.
A high-quality diamond will have very few inclusions. Inclusions are the nasty blemishes created when diamonds go through extreme pressures and heat under Earth’s crust. If there are many inclusions in the Diamond, it will be a low-quality stone. Also, if the gem is too perfect with no inclusions, it might be a fake one or synthetic. An untrained eye cannot distinguish between natural inclusions and created ones.
Usually, people think of Diamond cuts in the heart or oval shape. But cutting and faceting a diamond is mostly about how effectively it can reflect the light and sparkle with the maximum intensity. Therefore, the cut is a significant factor in deciding the value. Diamond faceting, polishing, and final finishing require technically perfect labor.
It is an essential factor in determining the price. One carat weight of Diamond contains 0.2 grams or 200 milligrams. The cost of a diamond significantly increases as the carat weight increases. The rarity and desirable factor grow due to its beauty and brightness.
Use for which rashi / zodiac?
Venus, the planet, is associated with Diamond. It protects the wearer from the harmful effects of Venus. Diamonds are very advantageous for having Shukra Mahadasha and Antardasha in their horoscope.
But very few people can enjoy wearing this because of their expensive cost and rarity. Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, and Aries ascendants can wear Diamonds as Venus favors these.
Benefits / effects
1. brings good fortune;
A diamond is a symbol of luxury. It has the immense divine and astrological power to bring good luck, wealth, and otherworldly things to life. Because of its association with the planet Venus, it is thought that people born under the Virgo and Libra rashis will benefit the most from wearing it properly.
2. boosts confidence;
A diamond is one of the most precious gemstones in the world. Its brilliance and beauty help one to defeat the tendency toward low self-confidence. It helps overcome anxiety and overthinking and calms the wearer’s mind. It also lights up the creative side of the person. It helps you become better at writing, painting, and other artistic skills.
3. Spiritual Benefits
We all know that gemstones contain divine energy, and diamonds are known to have the most powerful powers. Our sages have been using the power of diamonds to attain their spiritual goals for thousands of years. It helps the wearer realise their inner selves and empowers them to discover their true selves on the spiritual journey.
How to wear ?
Weight: 0.5 to 1 carat
Color: white or colourless
Metal: Gold is preferred, but silver can also be used.
Finger: small finger on the right hand
Time and Date: Friday Morning (6 a.m.–8 a.m.)
Chanting Manta: “Om Draam Dreem Droum Sah Shukraaye Namah.”
Identification / how to check?
1. Fog Test
Take the stone, ring, or pendant you want to test and exhale some fog on it. Wait for a few seconds; if the mist fades away immediately, congrats, your diamond stone is natural. If not, it takes some time to disappear. It’s a fake one. It happens because they conduct heat (heat of breathing in this case) and instantly disperse the moisture or fog.
2. Heating Test
Precaution: Follow proper safety measures while performing this test.
Take a glass or bowl of cold water. Now take a lighter and heat the Diamond with its help for roughly 40-50 seconds. Immediately, put the stone in the cold water. If a diamond stone gets broken or distorted in some way, it’s a fake stone.
Natural stone will remain unaffected by the situation because diamonds are one of the hardest substances in the world and will remain uninfluenced by such tests.
3. Read Through Test
This test is used to examine the refractivity of diamonds. Take a newspaper or a book and place it flat on a surface. Ensure adequate lighting and no shadow is cast upon a diamond or newspaper while doing the test. Now try to read a newspaper through it. If you can read it, even if it’s a little blurry, it’s a fake one.
It happens because a natural diamond stone refracts the light in all directions(because of its cuts and facets), due to which we’ll not be able to read the text.
4. Ask The Expert
Take your stone to an expert gemologist or a jeweler. They’ll provide you with all the necessary parameters (like refraction, cuts, facets, light intensity, and imperfections) required for Diamond verification using various instruments like a microscope and jeweler’s loupe. Always ask for the certification while buying or testing.