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I figured I'd have a go at a (hopefully) nice riddle.

I come from the deepest layers,
Yet am seen in the highest.
I'm made of nothing but seas,
But judged on only four of them.
I propose you think carefully about your answer,
I'm more likely to scratch your reputation than the other way around.

Who/what am I?

Note: The last lines are just part of the riddle. No need to be afraid I'll downvote every incorrect answer!

Edit: Two additional lines, since they were too nice to be left out:

Collectors and criminals covet me yet can live without,
But there's one group here that cannot be separated from me.

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  • $\begingroup$ Bit easy... But sometimes easy just means you're not being more convoluted than need be for a good riddle. I like it... :) +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Dec 1 '17 at 12:44
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    $\begingroup$ Hmm, I only just thought of a nice opportunity to use the SE moderators as part of the riddle... Too bad I missed it :( $\endgroup$ – Lolgast Dec 1 '17 at 13:16
  • $\begingroup$ Add it as a hint. No harm in it. It's not changing the original riddle and might be useful/fun for anyone coming to this later. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Dec 4 '17 at 7:31
  • $\begingroup$ @BrentHackers Took a while, but I've added two lines! Maybe you can add explanations for them as well? $\endgroup$ – Lolgast Dec 13 '17 at 10:32
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I believe this is

Diamond

I come from the deepest layers,

-of the earth

Yet am seen in the highest.

they can be mined close to the surface

I'm made of nothing but seas,

Carbon

But judged on only four of them.

Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat.

I propose you think carefully about your answer,

Marriage association

I'm more likely to scratch your reputation than the other way around.

Hard rock...

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  • $\begingroup$ Geez, I barely had time to refresh the page before you found the correct answer... For the second line I had a different explanation in mind, though yours also works. Also, there's one more hint hidden away in one of the lines... I wonder if you can find it! $\endgroup$ – Lolgast Dec 1 '17 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Lolgast That it then? Good puzzle by the way. Lots of riddles on here are more suitable for hard-core puzzlers. Nice to see some beginner ones that everyone can enjoy now and then. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Dec 1 '17 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ Nice work! Certainly enough for the checkmark, I'll award it soon (for some more shameless view-attraction). Though, of course, I'd still like to see if you can find the explanation for the second line I had in mind initially. Also, thanks for the compliment! $\endgroup$ – Lolgast Dec 1 '17 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Lolgast Maybe a reference to sparkling stars or something? I'm struggling with that one... $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Dec 1 '17 at 12:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Skyvask: If you've learnt your English from the internet, you're doing very well :-) One hint: "m'exprimer" = "to express myself" (and a few other verbs that are "---primer" in French become "---press" in English - eg opprimer, réprimer, comprimer etc.) $\endgroup$ – psmears Dec 1 '17 at 17:54

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