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How is a Diamond Made?

For many, the go-to carbon source associated with the creation of diamonds is coal. However, science confirms that naturally conceived diamonds created by the earth and space, do not require the metamorphism from coal to form these jewels. To support this, scientists discovered that coal needs plant sources to exist. And that dated diamonds were created before the world’s first plants even existed. Hence, it would be incorrect to assume that the method for the creation of diamonds is reliant on coal. Furthermore, as a sedimentary rock, coal embodies a horizontal rock form. However, diamonds are presented in the shape of vertical pipes packed with igneous rocks. 

There is one man-made process for creating diamonds and four natural occurrences that make up the world’s diamonds, these are as follows;

Lab-Created

With the use of science and technology, since the 1950’s we have sought to attempt to recreate the diamond for commercial use in jewels and industrial equipment. At present, with the use of an abundance of electricity to mimic a high temperature/pressure environment, the USA and China (the leading country for creating diamonds) are capable of producing almost superior diamonds in regards to diamond clarity. These VVS (very very slightly) diamonds include incredibly minor inclusions that the naked eye can not see without the assistance of 10x magnification.

Earth’s Mantle

According to geologists, extremely high temperatures and pressure are the necessary environments needed to create natural diamonds. Because of this, the limited zones within the earth’s mantle are the perfect atmosphere for diamonds to form and flourish. And so, for this method, the creation of diamonds originates around 90 miles below the earth’s surface and continental plates. The temperatures within this area are expected to reach a minimum of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. These diamonds are forced to the earth’s surface by a volcanic eruption that occurs from deep within the ground pushing the diamonds upwards. 

Subduction Zones

50 miles below the earth’s surface diamonds are subducted into the mantle by plate tectonic processes. The temperatures within the subduction zones amount to 390 degrees Fahrenheit, a much lower heat source than used in the earth’s mantle method above. Following the diamond’s formation, they are delivered to the surface. However, these diamonds are scarce, and usually upon their discovery, they are unsuitable for commercial use.

Impact Sites

The velocity and pressure of heat from an asteroid are likened to the heat from the sun’s surface. In turn, providing the required conditions for diamonds to form on what is referred to as impact sites (where the asteroid lands and shatters the earth’s surface). To support this concept, diamonds have been uncovered around asteroid impact sites at the meteor crater in Arizona and the Popigai crater in northern Siberia.

Space

Similar to impact sites, extracts from meteorites by Smithsonian researchers have demonstrated the existence of nanodiamonds within samples from, for example, the alien hill meteorite. High-speed collisions in space accumulate the required temperature and pressure to form diamonds, similar to those created and found when an asteroid strikes the earth. However, due to the nanosize of the diamonds, they can not be used as jewels or for industrial purposes.

The processes above create diamonds of different variations, some of which are suitable for mining and commercial use, and others that are too insignificant in size or rarely ever found.

Planning A Beautiful Wedding On A Budget: It Is Possible!

Money, or a lack of money, is one of the biggest hurdles you face when planning a wedding. The latest statistics suggest that the average UK wedding now costs more than £21,000. Now, most of us don’t have that kind of cash lying around. The good news is that you don’t have to cut corners or miss out if you want the day of your dreams. With these helpful hacks, you’ll get the day you deserve without breaking the bank.

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Budgeting tips for engaged couples

When you get engaged, you’re probably incredibly excited about the entire wedding planning process. Before you know it, you’ve written a guest list, decide what colour theme you want, and chosen your first dance song. It’s easy to get carried away in the romance of the situation, but try and be methodical. It’s best to set a budget before you start booking anything.

When you’re budgeting, work out how much you have available to spend on the wedding in total. Put together any savings you want to allocate, plus other sources, such as help from your parents. Once you’ve got a total in mind, you can work out how much you want to spend on what. Do some research, so you’ve got a rough idea of the kinds of costs you can expect. When you’re ready, start ticking off your biggest costs, for example, the venue and catering.

As you book, pay deposits, or clear bills in full, update your planner or spreadsheet. Keep a record of invoices, so you know where you are financially, and how much more you’ve got to pay.

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Making savings

There are so many ways you can make savings when you’re planning a wedding. On the surface, anything connected to a wedding day appears to be more expensive than normal. But if you shop around, you’re bound to find better deals. Take bridesmaid dresses, for example. If you go to a bridal boutique, you’re likely to pay in excess of £100 per dress. If you shop for formal dresses on the high street, you can pick up beautiful styles for a fraction of the price. You can also compare prices on suit hire, transport, and rings. You’ll often find that the prices of very similar rings vary hugely according to the jeweller you visit. If you’re looking for Russian wedding rings, for example, visit a few different stores, try some styles, and search online.  You can then compare styles based on the thickness of the band and the carat value.

You can also make huge savings by embracing DIY. Get crafty, and you won’t need to worry about forking out for favours, place cards or table plans. You can also make the most of your family’s talents to help out with tasks like baking cakes, arranging flowers and doing hair and makeup.

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Are you hoping to plan a beautiful wedding without going bankrupt? Weddings aren’t cheap, but there are ways of making them more affordable. Set a budget, and keep a tight handle on spending. Look at ways you could save, such as making your own favours and doing your own decorations. It also pays to shop around and compare prices and styles before you buy. Good luck!

How to Make Your Wedding Day Different


For a while, in my mid-twenties, it seemed like my social media timelines were showing a different wedding every week. Husband and I went abroad and got married by ourselves and I wouldn’t change that for the world, but if I did organise a wedding here in the UK, there are definitely a few things that I’d love to have on the Big Day to make it a little different. Here’s a few ideas:

Vintage Rings

Husband and I planned our wedding in the space of about two weeks, so some of the details were a case of what we could get in the time we had. One thing I really like the idea of is vintage wedding and engagement rings. They often have so much more character and I love the thought of my ring having a story before it found it was to me.

Non-wedding wedding dress

Whilst planning our wedding, I realised that the whole “long white gown” thing was just SO not me, and I ended up buying a dress from a high street shop, which just so happened to be perfect for getting married on a tropical beach. Looking around at dresses which aren’t specifically wedding dresses could really inspire you in terms of styles and colours and would probably save you an absolute fortune, too.

Venue

There are so many amazing places to get married, both here in the UK and abroad and it’s really worth taking a look around to find one you love. If you aren’t the traditional type, you could find somewhere super fun for your reception – I know someone who hired a vintage bowling alley for their reception and they served beer and hotdogs! Literally THE most fun and memorable wedding reception ever!

Shoes

If you’re wearing a long dress, I really LOVE it when brides wear shoes that you absolutely wouldn’t expect to see underneath. Giving a flash of some bejewelled Converse All-Stars will give a glimpse of your personality and will also allow you to be really comfortable all day, too.

Photography

Wedding photography is BIG business and can take up one of the largest chunks of your budget. Choosing a photographer is about more than their photos, it’s about finding someone who really GETS you so that they can capture you in the exact light that you’re hoping for. Getting to know your photographer before the day can make all the difference and thinking outside the box, in terms of the actual shots, is what will set your photos apart.

Be Ruthless About Your Wedding Budget!

With the average wedding now costing around £22,000, controlling your wedding costs has never been so important. But how can you have a day to remember whilst on a budget? Don’t worry; it’s entirely possible with some forward planning. Let’s look at several easy ways to trim the costs.

Don’t tell organisers that you’re having a wedding

Make enquiries instead under the guise of a party or event, as some suppliers automatically bump up the costs when they hear the ‘W’ word!

Keep the guest list under control

You only need to invite close friends and immediate family; avoid inviting long-lost relatives and people you haven’t seen in years. Simply explain that you are keeping the wedding small. Some people choose to exclude children as well, although they tend to be less costly guests than adults.

Consider going abroad

It can actually be less expensive to book an overseas wedding package for a small group of people and it saves on honeymoon costs too. Look at Eastern Europe, Italy and Morocco for popular destinations that do not cost the earth.

Pick your days

Saturday is the most expensive day by far for a wedding and you will pay a premium. Try to book your wedding on a Friday or Sunday instead and you’ll pay less for the venue. Consider having the entire event at one venue too, which saves on décor, transport and hire fees. You could even have a marriage later in the day, which would avoid the need for a sit-down dinner and allow you to serve just one buffet meal.

Choose food carefully

Apply wisdom to your choice of menu. Do you really need to serve a full sit-down dinner, or could you arrange a cheaper, quirkier choice? Options include a Sunday fête-themed buffet, a vintage tea party or even an Asian-inspired meal. Do you need dessert when you have a wedding cake?

Avoid an open bar

This is a quick way to damage your wallet, particularly as many venues will charge high premiums for their bar drinks. People also tend to drink too much when the booze is free! Instead, consider offering to pay for everyone’s first drink. Remember too that sparkling wine is just as good as Champagne for toasting – and costs far less!

Funding the day

Avoid getting into costly and complicated credit card debt and consider a secured loan from a specialist such as Evolution Money so you can manage the repayments within a certain time-frame and avoid having the debt hanging over you for many years afterwards.

In collaboration with Evolution Money