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Did you know these fun facts about diamonds?

April 3rd, 2014

  • Diamonds have very high melting point of 3820K (3547' C/ 6420' F) and a boiling point of 5100K (4827' C/ 8720' F)
  • The diamond is a birthstone for people born in the month of April
  • Most diamonds found in nature are between one to three billion years old
  • The Earth is estimated at 4.5 billion years old. The oldest diamonds are believed to have been crystallized around 3.3 Billion years ago
  • Diamonds were first discovered in India and then in Brazil
  • Diamonds were originally found and mined in India, Brazil, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Congo; however today, diamonds also come from Guinea, Lesotho, Siera Leone, China, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Guyana, Central African Republic, Canada, and Australia
  • The top three diamonds mines in the world are: Botswana (24 million carats), Russia (17.8 million carats) and Canada (10.9 million carats)
  • 80% of diamonds go toward industrial uses
  • To produce a single one-carat diamond, 250 tons of earth will be mined
  • The earliest record of man giving diamond to a woman was in 1477 when the Archduke of Austria gave a diamond to Mary of Burgundy. On average, each stone will lose 50% of its original weight during cutting and polishing
  • Diamonds form 90 – 120 miles beneath the surface of the earth and are carried to the surface by volcanic eruptions
  • The U.S. is the world’s largest diamond market. Although the U.S. accounts for less than one-percent of total global gemstone production, America buys more than half of the world's total gem quality diamonds
  • There are white dwarf stars in space that have a diamond core. The biggest diamond known in universe weights 2.27 thousand trillion tons which is 10 billion trillion carats, or a 1 followed by 34 zeros
  • The largest diamond ever found was the Cullinan at 3106 carats
  • 80% of the world's diamonds are not suitable for jewelry
  • Diamonds worn in ancient times were believed to promote strength, invincibility and courage
  • Color of diamond is usually pale yellow to colorless, but can also be brown, blue, green, orange, red, pink and black
  • The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars fallen on the earth
  • Romans believed that diamonds had the power to ward off evil and wore them as talismans. They inherited this belief from Indian mythology
  • A law in Thirteenth-century France decreed that only the King could wear diamonds