For Victoria gem lover and wife Theresa Klacman, a diamond’s allure is about more than simply its atomic structure.

The gem’s mystique is more about the idea that it was naturally formed over eons by immense natural forces.

“I prefer the kind of diamonds that come out of the rock,” said Klacman, 53. “They seem more real.”

While working in the pawn shop industry for years, Klacman became specialized in assessing diamonds.

Klacman received a diamond engagement ring when she first married years ago. The couple divorced but reconnected 12 years later and again were married, and Klacman received a second, larger diamond ring.

Klacman said diamonds, like organic fruits and vegetables, are just better when they are organically created.

And knowing that a diamond was created by a person rather than the Earth makes all the difference.

“If it’s manufactured in a lab, that’s not real,” she said.

Paul Neuse, owner of Gonzales jewelry store Storey Jewelers, said for some customers, knowing where a diamond came from makes all the difference.

While the quality may be comparable, he said, knowing the gems came from inside the Earth and were made over millennia is attractive.

Klacman’s daughter, Brittney Klacman, also said she had doubts about the lab-grown gems.

She said she has been disappointed by the quality of human-made diamonds.

Although the Klacmans said they were all for saving money, it wasn’t enough to wear a bad-looking stone.

“I’m not against a good deal,” said Theresa Klacman.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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