Diamonds are pretty cool. In the past I’ve gone over how they’re mined, the history behind them, and how we can even make them from scratch. There are some little things, though, that don’t quite make it as their own posts. But I still want to share them with you! So today, let’s take a look at 10 facts you probably didn’t know about diamonds!
Most people buy colorless diamonds. That makes sense, since colorless diamonds are usually more expensive! But did you know that diamonds come in all the colors of the rainbow? This is very rare to find in nature, but is easier to get by making the diamond synthetically.
The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond is probably the most iconic piece of jewelry in modern history. It weighs a whopping 45.52 carats and is worth between $250-$350 million! It is currently on display at the Smithsonian. But did you know that it was sent there through the regular US postal service? (Well, I mean, at least it was first class.)
Making off like a bandit
They called the Antwerp Diamond Heist the heist of the century. It happened in February of 2003 – the crooks broke into a vault with 100 million possible combinations, evaded infrared sensors and a security team, and made off with $100 million worth of jewels. To this day, they only discovered the identity of one of the robbers. None of the diamonds have been found.
Glow in the dark
Diamonds can glow! Well, more specifically, they can be fluorescent. People actually still argue about whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. I recommend checking out an article I wrote recently all about it!
The Cupid Effect
Diamonds have been associated with love for a long time. In fact, the idea even goes back to the ancient Romans! They believed that cupid’s arrows were tipped with the iconic gem.
After a diamond is mined, it has to be cut and polished. This is important, since cut is one of the most important aspects of a diamond! As it turns out, though, a rough diamond will often lose as much as half of its weight during the process!
Okay, maybe not shattering after all.
Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on Earth. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. The Mohz scale of hardness even uses them as a hardness standard. Of course, they’re at the very top!
A global affair
If you’ve heard of blood diamonds, you know that most diamonds come from Africa today. But this wasn’t always the case! For most of history, diamonds came from India. In the 1700s, Brazil became the global center of diamond mining. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that Africa became our main source of diamonds!
One in half a million
250 tons of earth gets dug up for every one-carat diamond they find in a mine. 250 tons. That’s 500,000 pounds (226,796 kilograms). That’s heavier than a blue whale. Heavier than the weight of 125 average American cars. Crazy, right?
The good news is, there is an alternative! One mined diamond might produce 250 tons of earth, but one synthetic diamonds produces – you guessed it – zero! Synthetic diamonds are environmentally clean, keep blood diamonds out of the market, and, of course, cost less than regular diamonds! Click here to find out more about why synthetic diamonds are so great.
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