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Facts About Diamonds That Will Really Enlighten You
Are you fascinated with the dazzling beauty of diamonds? Here are some interesting and amazing facts about diamonds that will unravel the story behind all the sparkle and glitter of these precious stones.
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2018
Diamond is a woman's best friend! These glittering pieces have always had a long list of admirers and people are literally obsessed with these glimmering gems.
A diamond symbolizes strength to many, for some, they are a way to say you care or express love, whereas for most fashionistas, it is the sheer brilliance and the beauty of the diamonds that holds attention.
Interesting Facts about Diamonds
The name Diamond is derived from the Greek word, Adamas, which means the unconquerable. Did you know that most diamonds that are found, are not suitable to be used as jewelry?
Diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth and also the most sought after!
They are always valued in terms of the 4 Cs: the cut, color, clarity, and carat. This concept was introduced in 1939.
Diamonds are found in various colors such as blue and pink, which are very rare, and yellow and brown, which are amongst the most common types. In their purest state, they are colorless and brilliant in appearance.
In the year, 1994, Pauline Willemse cut a diamond that was 50 times smaller than the head of a ballpoint pen. This was the world's smallest diamond.
If one has to produce a single one-carat diamond, around 250 tons of earth will have to be mined.
Diamonds were formed billions of years ago, under extreme heat and deep within the earth's crust. They come to the surface when there is any form of volcanic eruption. Such activities bring them closer to the surface of the earth.
The cut of a diamond is very crucial as it defines its beauty, and decides the value.
As per old beliefs and customs, it is believed that the engagement diamond ring was worn on the third finger of the left hand because the ancient Egyptians believed the vein directly connected to the heart.
The largest known diamond is the Star of Africa (Cullinan). It adorned the scepter of King Edward VII of England, and is at the Tower of London now.
Diamonds have the highest melting point of any natural substance. Diamonds are rock hard and almost fire proof. Therefore, in order to burn them, a temperature of 1292 degrees Fahrenheit is required.
Amongst the other stories that are associated with them, one fact about diamonds exists that, the wearer gets more courage and good fortune, and is shielded against all evils.
The first diamond ring (for engagement) was gifted by Archduke Maximilian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy in the year, 1477.
Diamonds make great gifts (if you have the dough!) and symbolize a long-term commitment as well. Therefore, diamond jewelry is very popular as wedding and anniversary gift.