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Diamonds have long been used to suggest social standing, and in the art world the indelible Medici and incomparable Damien Hirst prove just how significant their allure can be. The Medici were a wealthy family of Florentine bankers who rose to power during the 15th century as they became known for international trade and funding the city’s architectural innovations and intellectual advancement. Still synonymous with art patronage today, the Medici’s supported artists such as Filippo Brunelleschi and his ingenious construction of the dome of Florence Cathedral, Leonardo di Vinci, and Michelangelo during his execution of The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.
Gemologist Grant Mobley shares what you should know if you’re buying a diamond today: This video originally appeared on WFLA News Channel 8   WFLA News Channel 8 Host, Cyndi Edwards: From Instagram posts to celebrity jewelry lines, lab-grown diamonds seem to be popping up everywhere. But what are they and how are they different...
A natural diamond is a billion-year-old miracle of nature that has enduring emotional and financial value, and makes an important global contribution to both the environment and communities.
When buying a diamond the options are clear: the 'real thing'... or synthetic ones, also known as lab-grown, which have no lasting value. 
"My design process starts with the diamond ... how am I going to create my design around it? And then I really think about what's wearable because I want it to feel like a part of my lifestyle, and so I think about comfortability and wearability. Certainly, anything that's going into my collection is being worn at every stage of the game."
"My first memory of diamond jewelry was probably sneaking into my mother's room, stealing all of hers — something I still do."
"When women wear jewelry, I want them to feel happy, even empowered. If you wear something that also is special for you, it's like it's a reminder. It's like you are wearing your lucky charm," says Hearts on Fire's Ilaria Lanzoni.
When it comes to diamond jewelry today, most young women are looking for pieces with story, symbolism, and sustainability, not to mention individuality, customization and a little bit of experimentation.   So, what does that mean to you, to your budget and your personal aspirations when it comes to self-purchasing a diamond piece before the big...
"The first piece of diamond jewelry I purchased for myself was my pinkie ring, which I made about nine years ago. I haven't taken it off since. I was financially independent and at a point where I really just felt I deserved it and wanted to treat myself."
"The idea that you can have wealth, personal wealth, that you can just adorn on your body and enjoy that doesn't have carrying costs like a piece of real estate, and it still has value — I don't know if there's any other consumer product or luxury product that you get that from [but diamonds]. In this day and age, you can sell a bag, right? But that bag needs to essentially be unworn because if you're going to wear and love that bag, it's not sale-able anymore."