Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Diamonds are all about Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. And diamonds are the birthstone for the April born. Read on to discover fun facts associated with the hardest rock on Earth.
Origin of the Word Diamond
The word diamond originated from the Greek word “Adamas” that means “indestructible” and “unconquerable”.
Diamonds are usually pale yellow to colorless, but can also be naturally brown, blue, green, orange, red, pink and black.
The Greeks believed that diamonds broke away from stars and fell on earth. However, we now know that diamonds found on earth incubate under intense heat and pressure 90 to 120 miles below earth and are delivered to us through volcanic eruptions. No wonder, it takes about 6420F to melt these pure carbon crystals!
Born out of Dirt
To produce a single one carat diamond, about 250 tons of earth has to be mined. Botswana, Russia, and Canada are the world’s largest diamond mines.
This Aged Beauty
Diamonds are almost as old as our beloved planet. The Earth is believed to be 4.5 billion years old and the oldest diamonds are estimated to be 3.3 billion years old.
Diamonds and Love
Cupid’s arrows had diamond studded tips according to ancient Roman belief, fostering the earliest association of diamonds and love. The first known use of diamonds for engagement ring happened in 1477 when Archduke Maxmillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with an M spelt out with diamonds.
Scientists have discovered and named a star Lucy after the Beatles song “Lucy in the sky with diamonds”. This star is basically a diamond of ten billion trillion trillion carats.
The Diamond Rush
Tourists and locals alike flock to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas – the only dig-for-free diamond mine open to public. Since 1906, more than 70,000 diamonds have been discovered in this open mine including the 40 + carat “Uncle Sam” diamond.
Discovered in 1905 in South Africa, the Cullinan diamond weighed 3106 carats. Cut into 9 large and 100 small diamonds, the three largest crystals of the original Cullinan are on display at the Tower of London as part of the Crown Jewels.
Like ‘em or love ‘em, diamonds are surely a thing of beauty that lasts forever. And when you wear our diamond jewelry that’s made out of ethically sourced, conflict free diamonds, you make a dazzling statement of your evolved values.