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Can Diamonds Break At All?
Diamonds are the hardest known natural Material found on Earth. Moh's Hardness of 10. Very resistant to scratching.
However Diamonds have a cleavage Point, if you hit that point the Diamond can break.
With cut Diamonds, they are usually very strong. Sometimes we see some Chips around the outer Edge after many years of Wear.
The only Material that will cut Diamonds are Diamonds!
In the cutting of rough Diamonds, Diamond Powder of various Fineness is used to cut the precise Facets of a beautifully cut Diamond.
To look after your Diamonds, you should not wear your Jewellery when gardening or working with Tools.
Keep your Jewellery in individual Plastic Bags to avoid the Gems rubbing against each other...
In Essence a Diamond surpasses any other Gemstone by a long way in Hardness and Durability!

How Are Diamonds Created?
Diamonds have formed a long time ago in the Earth's Mantle.
Intense heat and pressure occasionally forms a Diamond Crystal.
With volcanic Activity those Diamond Crystals are carried to the Surface.
That is why many Diamond Mines are going down volcanic Pipes.
The other Place where Diamonds are found are alluvial Fieldss, ancient Riverbeds that carried the Diamonds away from eroding Volcanoes.
Chemically Diamonds are pure carbon with some trace Elements present that can result in coloured Diamonds.
Most Diamonds have Inclusions to some degree.
Flawless Diamonds are very very rare!

How Can I Know If A Diamond Is Real?
For the Layperson it is very tricky to work out if a sparkling, shiny Gem is an actual Diamond!
You could use a strong Loupe / Magnifier to inspect the Gem and see if there is a Laser Inscription on the Side / Girdle of the Gem.
The technology of doing Laser Inscriptions is only about 25 years old, so most of the older Diamonds will not have Laser.
If the Gem is set in a Ring, depending on the type of Setting, the Laser Inscription might be covered by a Claw or the Edge of a 'Rub Over Setting'
Check the Gem for Inclusions.
If the Gem has No Inclusions at All, it might not be a Diamond, or, a very rare and expensive Diamond...
Specifically check what the Edges of the Facets Look like.
If they are abraded and scratched, this will indicate a softer Gem, telling you it is Not a Diamond.
So, if the sparkling Gem has sharp Edges, No inclusions or some of the typical Diamond Inclusions it could well be a Diamond.
Also, look carefully at the Piece of Jewellery that the Gem is set in.
If the Ring is made in Silver, you won't usually expect to find a 1ct Diamond to be set in Silver!

In the End, if you really need to know for sure...
You really have to bring your Gem to a Diamond Expert to have the Gem tested!
They will do a proper Gemmological Test to identify your Gem.
There might be a Cost involved.

Hope you find my short Comments helpful!

Let me know if you have any Questions!

Yours, Eckart Schillings
Diamond Dealer and Goldsmith