What is it about the sparkly, dazzling, captivating diamond that makes us dream of one, or two, or a dozen? Well, we are not alone. For centuries, people all over the world have been enchanted by the mysterious allure of the lovely diamond.
While we know the diamond is the first choice by far for engagement rings, and is stunning in earrings or as a pendant, there’s lots to the luxurious stone’s history that you may have never known. Here are twenty fun and interesting facts about diamonds that you probably never knew.
The resplendent stone cuts a swath a mile wide through the last 2000 years of history, and is known all over the planet for its beauty and its healing power.
- The world’s adoration of this dazzlingly sparkling stone began in India, four hundred years BC. At that time, the standard consisted of only one thing; the diamond must be big.
- The tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the left hand’s fourth finger originated in Egypt, when it was believed a person’s “vein of love” ran directly from the heart down to that finger.
- The first diamond actually given as an engagement ring dates back to 1477, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria fell madly in love with Mary of Burgundy and gifted her with a gold ring with an exquisite “M” formed out of diamonds.
- In the 16th century, the process of diamond faceting was developed. This made the diamond more brilliant and fiery, and its popularity grew in the use of jewelry
- In the Dark Ages, diamonds were held in high regard for their medicinal power to heal wounds and cure ailments when digested by a sick person.
While we are dubious about the benefits of actually eating a diamond, YIKES, there are some hard and fast truths about a diamond that cannot be argued.
- Diamonds are created in a rainbow of colors, depending on the minerals that are present as it is formed.
- Modern diamonds are rated by the four C’s, color, carat, cut, and clarity, put in place in the 1950’s by the GIA. These factors greatly influence the retail cost.
- Formed far beneath the Earth’s surface, diamonds travel upwards and are eventually accessible to us because of volcanic activity.
Mining and cutting
While diamonds seem to miraculously appear, perfectly cut, in our jewelry stores, a ton of time goes into finding them, and readying them for jewelry.
- After being mined, diamonds are sorted into three categories, which are gem quality, industry quality, and boart (which is used as an industrial abrasive).
- A diamond will lose approximately half its weight during the cutting and polishing process.
- Miners move many tons of earth for every carat of diamonds uncovered.
- Cutting a carat-sized diamond by hand can take a full day, or longer, depending on the cut and the quality of the stone.
- The United States only has one operating diamond mine, and it is in a state park where tourists can mine for diamonds and keep what they find.
Diamonds and pop culture
- Today, Americans buy more than 40% of the planet’s jewelry-quality diamonds, making the United States the world’s top diamond buying country.
- Victoria Beckham has an estimated 13 various diamond engagement rings given to her by hunky hubby David Beckham. Combined, the rings’ value is north of six million dollars!
- Diamonds are currently mined in 25 countries around the world, on every continent except Europe and Antarctica.
- In 2014, Russia produced the most diamonds of any country, both in value and volume.
- A bank in Dubai currently offers a credit card with a diamond in its center, and is offered to the extreme rich by invitation only.
- Jessica Biel sports a six carat diamond engagement ring that her famous husband, Justin Timberlake, helped design.
- In 2010, Hong Kong’s largest jewelry company, paid the highest price ever for a rough diamond, at an eye popping 53.5 million dollars. It was cut into two dozen flawless, colorless diamonds.
These fun and interesting facts about diamonds may have made them more alluring and enticing, or instilled the thoughts you have always had about a diamond being a gorgeously unique statement of love and commitment. Either way, we can all agree that the diamond’s legacy is long, it’s history wide, and its allure is unmeasured.
Are you in the market for a diamond engagement ring? Visit Janvier Jewelers or call us at (302) 366-7448 talk to one of our experienced Jewelry Associates to find one that meets both your style and budget. There is surely the perfect one just waiting for you!