There are so many fun facts and interesting bits of information about diamonds, that they’re sure to fascinate many.
Below are great facts, trivia, and intriguing curiosities, that most don’t even know.
So test your knowledge and see how much you know about diamonds and diamond history.
Enjoy the diamond trivia facts:
It takes 250 tons of earth to obtain a 1.00 carat diamond.
Diamonds are not the hardest substance on earth. They are the hardest “natural” substance, but man-made synthetics are harder.
98% of all diamonds are not actually white in color.
It takes 1405 degrees of heat to burn a diamond.
The average diamond size for an engagement ring is only .38 carats.
Only diamond can scratch or polish another diamond.
Diamonds come in wonderful fancy colors like, pink, blue, green, champagne, black, chocolate, yellow, red, gray, and even purples.
Diamonds have less brilliance, sparkle and fire than a man-made cubic zirconia (CZ) has.
Diamonds can chip or break with a good blow to the edge of the stone.
Diamonds do not float in water. That’s why diamonds are often found in river beds.
Some diamonds can actually glow-in-the-dark (known as fluorescence).
The largest diamond in the world is the Cullinan diamond weighing 3,106 carats.
Diamonds have a refractive index of 2.42.
Diamond brilliance is white sparkles of light coming from the diamond.
Diamond fire is colored sparkles of light coming from the diamond.
Diamond percentages are all compared to the widest part of the diamond; the girdle.
Most colored diamonds are heat-treated to improve color.
85% of all the diamonds mined are not used in jewelry.
You can crush a diamond with a hammer.
A lot of skin care products on the market today use diamond dust as an active ingredient.
Diamonds were originally weighed against the seed of a carob tree.
Diamonds from outer space? Yes, that’s coming up…
The crystalline system of a diamond is cubic.
Diamonds are made of 100% pure carbon.
The specific gravity of a diamond is 3.52.
Diamonds are a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness (the absolute hardness is 1600).
Diamonds are over 3.4 billion years old.
Diamonds come from a volcanic rock called Kimberlite.
Diamonds are actually mentioned in the bible (Exodus).
Archduke Maximilian started the whole diamond engagement ring tradition in 1477.
Diamonds have come from outer space (appearing in crashed meteorites).
The name diamond comes from the Greek word “Adamas“.
There is a diamond mine in Arkansas (Crater of Diamonds state park), that is open to the public so they can dig for diamonds.
The diamond color chart starts with the letter D (there is no A, B or C).
Diamonds are believed to give strength, courage and provide invincibility.
America buys 50% of all the diamonds mined in the world.
The Hope diamond has been cursed for hundreds of years.
Diamond is the official gemstone for the state of Arkansas.
Diamond is also the official birthstone for the month of April.
Diamonds ground up into dust have been used to not only poison people, but kill them.
Romans believed that diamonds gave them magical powers.
Out of all the 4 C’s, diamond cut is the most important.
Diamonds can be cut into any shape or object desired.
The brilliant cut (round) diamond is the only cut of diamond that gives you both the maximum amount of brilliance and fire in a diamond.
Hindus believe that flawed diamonds carry bad luck.
Most diamonds mined from the earth are used as industrial diamonds for cutting, grinding and sanding tools.
The most popular cut of diamond is the round brilliant cut diamond.
See… that was fun. :)
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