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Ten Fun Facts about Diamonds

Dog may be man’s best friend, but Marilyn Monroe was right when she sang, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”  Diamonds are the enduring symbol of love, romance, and devotion. Once only available to the super-wealthy, today they are within reach for most everyone.

The word diamond comes from the Greek word adamas which translates to ‘invincible.’ Perhaps this referred to how hard diamonds are?

Here are ten more fun facts about diamonds that you may not know:

  1. Diamonds are billions of years old, and in some cases, more than three billion years old!
  2. The Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were the tears of the gods or pieces of falling stars.
  3. A diamond is the only substance that can scratch another diamond.
  4. Miners move about 250 tons of earth to produce a single one-carat diamond.
  5. Diamonds were seen as symbols of courage, resilience and strength in ancient times.
  6. There is a diamond in the sky named Lucy. In 2007, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced the discovery of a 10 billion trillion trillion carat diamond in the sky. Scientists named the star after the Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”  It is fifty light years from Earth!
  7. Not all diamonds are colorless. Natural diamonds can be blue, yellow, green, pink, brown, orange, and black. The rarest color diamond is red.
  8. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria ordered the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his love, Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a taste for diamond rings among European nobility and high society.
  9. The Early Egyptians started the tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand. They believed that the vein of love (vena amoris) ran directly from the heart to the top of that finger.
  10. Diamonds lose about half of their original weight after they are cut and polished.

Happy diamond hunting!!!

Facts from the American Gem Society and Cape Town Diamond Museum


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