Your diamond is way more rare than you may have even realized
Most of you have heard about the various diamond cuts, shapes and of course the 4 c’s of diamonds, but here are 16 other really interesting facts about diamonds you may not know.
1. Round cut diamonds only have 57 facets.
2. The ancient Greeks believed diamonds were splinters of stars that had fallen to the earth.
3. The largest diamond ever discovered weighed 3,106 carats.
4. Diamonds are known as symbols of strength, courage and invincibility.
5. Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love).
6. Nitrogen molecules account for the yellowish tint or color in diamonds. Boron molecules turn diamonds blue. Learn more about colored diamonds.
7. Only one diamond in a million weighs one carat or more.
8. The tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring dates back to the year 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy.
9. The tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand is taken from the early Egyptian belief that the vein of love (vena amoris) runs directly from the heart to the top of that finger.
10. A rough diamond looks so similar to a pebble that most people will just pass it by without giving it a second look.
11. Diamonds are the very hardest natural substance. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
12. Most diamonds found in nature are between one to three billion years old.
13. It is estimated that less than one percent of women, in the world, will ever wear a diamond of one carat or more.
14. The word “diamonds” comes from the Greek word “adamas,” which means “unconquerable and indestructible.”
15. A law in Thirteenth-century France decreed that only the King could wear diamonds.
16. 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. Scientists named the star Lucy after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”