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Diamond Fun Facts

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

  • Diamonds are defined as colorless gemstones composed of pure carbon, but diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow: blue, green, orange and red naturally-colored diamonds are considered extremely rare

  • They are the hardest naturally-occurring substance on Earth

  • The word "diamond" is derived from the ancient Greek root adamas, which means proper, unalterable, invincible

  • Ancient Romans and Greeks thought that diamonds were the tears of gods, or remnants of fallen stars

  • Romans also believed that the tips of Cupid’s arrows were coated in diamond

  • Diamonds were first discovered in India, around 300 BCE. Here, myths that diamonds could ward off evil developed

  • In thirteenth-century France, only Kings were permitted [by law] to wear diamonds

  • Upon the arrangement of their marriage in 1477, the Archduke of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring. This is our earliest record of a diamond engagement ring

  • Diamonds were not discovered in South America until around 1725 (they were found in Minas, Gerais, Brazil)

  • North American diamonds weren't discovered until the 1840s

  • 'The Great Diamond Rush' began in the early 1870s, after diamonds were discovered in Africa

  • In 2004 scientists discovered the largest diamond to date: a collapsed star with an estimated width of 4,000 km and weight of 10 billion trillion trillion carats ( 5 million trillion trillion pounds)

  • The collapsed star was nicknamed Lucy after a Beatles songs, and it's located about 50 light years from Earth

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