10 facts about diamondsTrue Jewels an Gems
- The word “diamond” came from the ancient Greek word adamas, which means “unbreakable”, “unalterable” or “unconquerable”.
- A diamond is known as the hardest natural substance on Earth. It has a perfect score of 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This means that a diamond can only be scratched by another diamond.
- The Star of Africa or Culliman is the largest diamond ever found. This 3106 carat diamond was found with other pieces also of considerable size. Of this batch of stones found, many are part of the British crown.
- Diamond is a mineral composed of carbon, which varies from colorless to different colors (red, pink, blue, green, canary yellow, violet …). The black diamond is one of the most trending variations at the moment. This gemstone is a symbol of purity.
- In 327 BC Alexander the Great of Macedonia brought the first diamonds from India to Europe.
- It is believed that the first diamond cutting process took place in Venice sometime in 1330.
- Diamonds are the characteristic decorative stones of engagement rings. According to tradition, it all began when Maximilian of Austria gave an engagement ring to his fiancée Mary of Burgundy in the 15th century.
- Diamond is the coolest gemstone you’ll ever find. This is because heat enters and leaves the diamond faster than any other precious stone.
- The diamond is the birthstone for people born in the month of April.
- One of the most famous diamonds in the world is the Hope Diamond. This diamond has a weight of 45.52 carats, and is dark blue-grey in color. It is also known as the Jewel of the King or Blue of France.
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