Diamond rings and jewelry is quite the classic accessory. Besides, as the famous song goes, “diamonds are forever”. Their brilliant luster and shine is a testament to its beauty. Who would have thought that the earth’s intense pressure and friction can create something so magnanimous and stunning? In fact this gemstone in particular is by far the most famous of its kind and a favorite when it comes to engagement and wedding rings. Now, are you ready to get to know about it a little more? Read on and discover other amazing fun facts about our favorite gemstone!
- Did you know that around eighty percent of the diamonds mined today are used in the industrial market for grinding, polishing, cutting and drilling? Why so? They are known to be strong and hard that it takes a diamond to scratch another.
- About 4,500 years ago in the so called Stone Age, ancient Chinese used them not as accessories but as a tool to polish their ceremonial burial axes made of corundum.
- You can also find them in space. As a matter of fact, Travis Metcalfe, an astronomer of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics together with his team found one that is four thousand kilometers wide making it a ten billion trillion carat find! That would mean a thirty five digit number excluding the decimal points! They named it Lucy after the infamous Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds song by the Beatles. It is actually the heart of a star that got shrunk and faded away so one would say that it is one enormous chunk of crystallized carbon!
- Colorless stones are quit common today but this precious rock can also come in other hues such as pale yellow, blue, brown, orange, green, pink, red and even black.
- During the 13th century in France, a law has been passed that prohibits everyone else from wearing diamonds except for the king. Talk about exclusivity!
- They are found some ninety to a hundred and twenty miles beneath the earth’s surface. They are only carried upwards all thanks to volcanic eruptions. Do not worry though because they do not burn or melt easily. Actually their melting point is at 6,420 F while their boiling point is at a whopping 8,720 F. Whew! Are you sweating yet?
- Its etymology can be traced to the Greek term “Adamas”. It means "unconquerable and indestructible” much like the diamond which is considered one of the hardest substances known to man.
- Roughly two hundred and fifty tons of rocks, soil, mud and earth will be mined in order to produce a single carat of diamond.