1. Diamonds are really old. They go back a billion years in age. Some of these sparkling beauties are more than three billion years old.
2. Diamonds form about 100 miles below ground and get carried to the earth’s surface by deep volcanic eruptions.
3. Diamonds are consist of a single element—they’re nearly 100% carbon. Carbon atoms bond in a unique way under immense heat and pressure far below the earth’s surface. This process gives diamonds’ their beautiful and rare crystalline structure.
4. Diamonds are considered to be one of the hardest natural materials known to man. Therefore, the only object or piece of equipment that would be able to cut through a diamond would be another diamond!
5. Ancient Hindus used to fit diamonds in the eyes of devotional statues and had a belief that a diamond could protect its wearer from danger.
6. Only one diamond in a million weighs one carat or more.
7. A diamond solitaire refers to any piece of jewellery with a single diamond. About 53% of all engagement rings have round and brilliant shaped solitaires. Other shapes are pear, cushion, radiant and princess.
8. The word ‘Carat’ is derived from the Carob Bean – an ancient unit of weight. Their weight was so uniform and consistent that it was used as a counterweight on a balance.
9. Most people would pass by a rough diamond piece without giving it a second look because it looks so similar to a pebble.
10. The Mir diamond mine of Serbia, Russia is so large that it creates air currents strong enough to suck a helicopter into it.
11. The most mind-blowing diamond fact: Scientists have discovered a planet that they believe is composed mostly of carbon, and is a one-third pure diamond! Lucy Star.
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