13 Facts About Diamonds

Diamonds are one of the hardest materials found on the earth. Apart from its hardness, diamonds are also famous as the ultimate sign of love. Many couples spring for a diamond engagement ring to signify their undying love for each other. But everyone knows that, here are some facts about diamonds you may not have known:

  1. Diamonds were considered to be tears cried by the gods or splinters of falling stars by the ancient Romans and Greeks. The Romans also believed that Cupid’s arrows were coated in diamonds; perhaps the first time diamonds and love were associated together.
  2. All diamonds are billions of years old with some as old three billion years old.
  3. Diamonds don’t form near the surface of the earth. They are formed 100’s of miles inside the earth and are brought to the surface by deep volcanic eruptions.
  4. Diamonds are made of a single of element- they are 100% carbon. The intense pressure and temperature found under the earth causes the carbon atoms to arrange themselves in a particular manner which gives the diamond its rare and beautiful crystal structure.
  5. The word diamond comes from the Greek word ‘Adamas’ which translates to indestructible or invisible.

  1. Everyone knows that diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man. The only way to scratch a diamond is to use another diamond.
  2. Diamonds were thought to be valuable for centuries. There are accounts of diamonds being collected and traded in India as early as fourth century BC.
  3. Thinking diamonds could protect the wearer from danger, the Ancient Hindus used to put diamonds inside the eyes of their deities.
  4. Other cultures also thought diamonds had powers to protect the wearer from harm and give them strength and courage during battle. Some kings had diamonds on their armour as they rode into battle.
  5. Diamonds were considered to have healing properties and were able to cure illnesses ranging from fatigue to mental illness during the middle ages.
  6. The first known use of diamond in an engagement ring was in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy using a gold ring with an M spelt out in diamonds.
  7. Diamonds can be created in a lab artificially and those diamonds are almost identical both in chemical and physical properties. Even gemmologists have a hard time telling the difference between a lab-created diamond and a mined diamond. Expensive and specialised equipment is needed to tell the difference.
  8. Scientists have discovered a planet that is almost completely made of carbon and one-third of the planet is pure diamond. The planet orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way and is called ‘55 Caneri e’.