Diamonds have been around for billions of years and are known as a girl’s best friend.
The international standard of weight for a diamond is given in carats.
One carat weighs 0.007 ounces (0.2 grams). That’s about the weight of a regular paperclip!
The color of a diamond depends on the minerals used to form it. They can be many different colors.
Diamonds form around 100 million miles beneath the surface and forced upwards to become more accessible due to volcanic activity.
Diamonds are the hardest natural material on the planet.
Only around 30% of mined diamonds are of high enough quality for gems.
There is no diamond mining in Europe or Antarctica but there is on every other continent.
The world’s passion for diamonds dates back to 400 BC. It all began in India and their value was purely size related.
Wearing an engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand began in Egypt. The Egyptians believed it signified a vein of love all the way down from the heart.
Austrian Archduke Maximilian gave the first diamond engagement ring in 1477.
Astonishing Diamond Facts
In 1905 miners in South Africa discovered the biggest rough diamond and it weighed 3,106 carats.
A vivid pink diamond that s 19 carat is likely to fetch around $50 million.
A thief in Ireland ended up in hospital after swallowing a 2.5 carat diamond that he wanted to conceal.
The most expensive diamond engagement ring ever belongs to Mariah Carey. It is 35 carats.
~ Fun Fact ~
Around 80% of the diamonds in the world end up selling in New York City.