Diamonds are the sparkling gemstones that are loved by women of every age group. Here are some interesting facts about these dazzling stones that will definitely amaze you:
Diamonds are billions of years old and in some cases they can be more than three billion years old.
The Romans and Greeks used to believe that the diamonds were the tears cried by the gods or the splinters from the falling stars.
A diamond can only be scratched by another diamond and they are the hardest natural substance ever known.
Diamonds are nearly 100% carbon and are made up of a single element. The diamonds that we see today were formed due to immense heat and pressure below the earth’s surface. The carbon atoms bond in a unique way that result in the rare crystalline structure of the diamond.
About 80% of diamonds go towards industrial use.
About 250 tons of earth is mined to produce a single one-carat diamond.
These gem stones are formed 90 to 120 miles below the earth surface and are sometimes carried to the surface through volcanic eruptions.
In ancient times diamonds were seen as a symbol of courage, invincibility and strength.
It is the birth stone of the people born in the month of April.
The biggest diamond ever discovered was called Cullinan diamond, that weighed 3106 carats i.e. 1.33 pounds. This amazing piece was discovered in South Africa in the year 1905. This diamond was cut into nine large diamonds from which three are still displayed in the tower of London as a part of the crown jewelry.
Lab created diamonds look identical to the diamonds mined from the earth. Even a professional gemologist cant tell the difference between the two without extensive testing using specialized equipment.