12 Fun Facts About Diamonds

Date:11-04-2013 21:15:45 read:10

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Diamonds are a woman’s best friend. They make a woman look beautiful and priceless. We may know a lot of facts about diamonds, but it may be intriguing to learn a few more. Here we discuss some fun and interesting facts about diamonds.

1. Irrespective of what you have heard, diamonds are not the hardest substance known to man on the Earth. They are just the hardest natural mineral substance existing.

2. It is also notable that they have the highest melting point. Diamonds are known to be rock-hard and almost fire proof. Heating up a diamond to 1,292 degrees Fahrenheit will melt it.

3. Diamonds exist very deep down the Earth, almost 75 miles deep. And to mine a single one-carat diamond, 250 tons of Earth needs to be dug.

4. And not all the diamonds that are mined can be made in to jewelry. Almost 80 percent of the diamonds cannot be used to make adorable jewels.

5. During the cutting process, diamonds loose close to 40 to 70 percent of their original weight.

6. Diamonds were first discovered in India, followed by Brazil. Later, there were huge diamond deposits found in North America as well.

7. The earliest uses of diamonds were that of to polish axes. Even today, some diamonds are used in industries for grilling and cutting purposes.

8. The most famous diamond in the world is called “Great Star of Africa.” It weighs around 530.2 carats and was discovered in South Africa.

9. The diamonds that exist today are over one million to three millions years old. The first diamonds were discovered almost four thousand years ago.

10. Diamonds are composed of only one element- carbon. And they are found in several colors other than white as well. Some diamonds come in shades of blue, pink and yellow.

11. A diamond has four most important attributes – carat, cut, clarity and color. These four attributes determine the value and worth of a diamond.

12. During the year 1477, Archduke Maximilian of Austria is believed to have gifted the first diamond engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy.

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