Classic Diamond House $1,000 Annual Scholarship
Classic Diamond House loves supporting education with a $1,000 annual scholarship essay contest.
Students were asked to research and describe how diamonds became a part of popular culture, while indicating what a diamond symbolizes. A few members of our team select the best essay and the winner is awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.
Annual Deadline and Winner Announcement
The deadline for scholarship entries is December 31st of each year. The winner will then be announced on the ClassicDiamondHouse.com Facebook page. Be sure to like our page and make sure you check it in January to find out who the next winner will be!
Essay submissions will be reviewed by a pre-chosen panel of experienced gemologists and jewelry designers from ClassicDiamondHouse.com.
The scholarship will be paid by check with winner’s name sent to the college or university attended by the winner.
College and University Scholarship Essay Requirements
Before the deadline of December 31st, write an original essay of eight hundred to a thousand words about diamonds. Include how they are part of popular culture, as well as their symbolism throughout history. Please provide reputable sources and double-check your grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Only one essay per student is allowed and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any instance of plagiarism will automatically disqualify your entry. If including any data or outside information, please correctly cite your source.
In addition to your essay, please also include a letter of recommendation, current high school or college transcript, and current photo of yourself. The photo may be included on our website and on Facebook when we announce the winner. There is no entry fee.
All entries submitted become the property of ClassicDiamondHouse.com. We reserve the right to consolidate any submissions. Essays may be placed on the ClassicDiamondHouse.com website.
Essay Scholarship Eligibility
To be eligible for this $1,000 essay contest, you must currently be a high school senior, planning to attend a higher education school in the next semester, or you are already an enrolled and attending student at a college or university.
How to Submit Your Entry
Email your essay in Word or plain text format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to attach your photo, recommendation letter, and transcript as mentioned above. Along with this and your essay, in the body of the email, include your name, phone, email, and postal address. Also include the name of your college or university and their address.
Remember. If we don’t receive all required pieces of entry, then your submission could be disqualified.
Our Latest $1,000 College Scholarship Winner
We are proud to introduce the 2014 winner of the annual Classic Diamond House $1,000 scholarship.
No scholarship was offered in 2015 due to insufficient applications.
Rachel Redmond – 2014 Winner
Rachel received a $1,000 scholarship to Oakland University.
Diamonds. A Girls Best Friend
Diamonds have been used by humans for close to 6,000 years. The name diamond comes from ancient Greek word Œ±Œ¥Œ¨ŒºŒ±œÇ, which means proper, unalterable, unbreakable. They got this name because of their physical characteristics. A diamond is said to be one of the strongest naturally formed substances on earth. The process in making the diamond look like something we may see in a jewelry store is long and hard. It takes many steps and can even require a laser in order to cut it. These beautiful gemstones are rumored to have first been discovered in India. They are so valuable due to their rarity.
In India they were first used as religious icons. In later years, they were used as engraving tools thanks to their extreme strength. As more and more diamonds were found, the popularity of them began to grow. It wasn’t just the availability of the diamonds that brought them more attention. As technology improved, so did the ability to cut diamonds differently. Jewelers were now able to make the diamonds sparkle more and look more polished. In 1947, The De Beers Diamond Company added to the popularity of diamonds when they launched the campaign, “A diamond is forever”. This made a statement to women around the world but especially in the United States.
The birth of the diamond engagement ring can be traced all the way back to 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria had a diamond ring made for Mary of Burgundy. This sparked great excitement for marriages among European nobility. The diamond trend continued to grow especially during the nineteen hundreds. The idea of a diamond as a wedding gift is symbolic. A man gives a woman a diamond because it is rare. They are meant to show a lady how much she means to him. A diamond is strong; something that every married couple wants in their relationship, strength. Diamonds also represent everlasting love because of their durability like I said before, “A diamond is forever”. A more in-depth sign of the diamond is purity. This is because the diamond is composed of a sole element, carbon. Diamonds are given, as engagement gifts for a majority of reasons but they all can be symbolic of marriage and love.
So what is it like finding a diamond today? When diamond shopping it is crucial that you look at the four C’s. Starting with cut. When one looks at the cut of the diamond they should be more concerned with proportions opposed to shape. The goal is to cut the diamond just right so that the light enters through the top and reflects back out to produce a visually sparkly object. If the diamond is cut to deep or to shallow, light will escape through the bottom leaving the diamond looking somewhat dull. The second C is color. Diamonds come naturally in almost every color you can think of. Prior to the hype of chocolate diamonds, people were mainly concerned with diamonds in the white color range. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) rates the body color in white diamonds from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). The best color for a diamond is actually colorless.
This allows for an ultimate amount of light to enter and in turn, brings maximum sparkle. The average human probably cannot distinguish the difference in color between white diamonds but years of experience and a specially trained eye can easily spot a nice colored diamond. A recent trip to the jewelry store resulted in a laugh and a rude awakening for me. When I asked the jeweler why the so called chocolate brown diamonds were so expensive the lady laughed and said, “Chocolate diamonds are basically the diamonds that we used to throw out because of the poor color, we called them chocolate diamonds and now they sell like crazy.” What a lesson that was. So although completely colorless diamonds are ideal, jewelers have started to find uses for diamonds that are less than perfect.
The third of four C’s is clarity. Clarity is determined on the amount and location of its flaws when viewed under a 10-power magnification. The GIA rates clarity grades in diamonds from Flawless to Imperfect. A flawless diamond is so rare because of the tiny birthmarks diamonds contain called “inclusions”. These inclusions can harm the way light enters the gem and ultimately destroy the way the light reflects. The final C of diamonds is carat. This is how diamonds are weighed. The more carats the diamonds weighs, the more it is worth because of how rare it is. The largest diamond ever found was 3,106.75 carats and weighed nearly a pound and a half. This diamond was split into many famous diamonds that are still around today. So, although each one of these C’s is important, it is the overall condition of the diamond that determines its worth.
So as the diamond trend continues to grow, and nearly 86% of people in the United States receive a diamond as an engagement gift, we must continue to understand the roots and values of the diamond. The diamond stands for beauty, purity, and love. It is a gift that will last a lifetime and the diamond can ultimately be described as a girls best friend.