Choosing the right diamond for your engagement ring can be a daunting task, but diamonds have their own fun and fascinating facts that you may not have known. For centuries, diamonds have been sought after by royalty and mythological gods alike. Diamonds are truly one-of-a-kind, and these fun facts prove it.
Over one billion years old, the diamond. Estimates place the Earth's age at 4.5 billion years. The oldest diamonds are thought to have formed around 3.3 billion years ago, making them the oldest known gems. At first in India, then in Brazil, diamonds were discovered.
Diamonds are the world's most durable naturally occurring substance. A diamond cannot be scratched by anything other than another diamond. A high melting point (3547°C / 6420°F) and boiling point (4827°C / 8720°F) are also characteristics of diamonds. Approximately 90 to 120 miles beneath the Earth's crust, diamonds begin to form and are carried to the surface by volcanic eruptions.
Carbon is the only element in diamonds. Diamonds' beautiful and rare crystalline structure is the result of carbon atoms bonding in a unique way under extreme heat and pressure deep beneath the surface of the earth.
Each color of diamond is available. A diamond's color ranges from pale yellow to colorless, but it can also be brown, blue, green, orange, red, pink, and black in color.
Scientists have discovered a planet with a carbon core and a diamond core that makes up one-third of its mass. The planet was discovered in 2004 and orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists have discovered a star that resembles a ten billion trillion trillion carat diamond, which is even more amazing. The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" inspired the naming of the star "Lucy."
Ask your local jeweler about the diamonds you're considering purchasing for your jewelry pieces if you want to learn more about them.
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