[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he most popular gemstone, the symbol for steadfast love, for the rich and famous. Here are the some cool facts about diamonds.
1-Moon-sized diamond was found in space, and it has been dubbed “Lucy” in reference to the Beatles’ song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. 10 billion trillion trillion carats, can you imagine that?? Its weight – 5 million trillion trillion pounds
2-Diamonds were first discovered in the riverbeds of the Golconda region of India over 4,000 years ago. Just as the India’s production of diamonds was dwindling, the gemstone was found in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
3-Diamonds are not rare. They are only expensive because of controlled releases by the industry. They are even abundant outside our planet, a collapsing star may create giant diamond crystals.
4-Real diamonds do not show up on an X-ray. A real dimond may be distinguished from a fake one by means of an X-ray.
5-Real diamonds can be made from peanut butter! However the creation requires a sophisticated scientific equipment (intense pressure and very high temperature).
6-It literally rains diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn. If you start planning your space trip, imagine how painful it might be!
7- Most diamonds found in nature are between one to three billion years old. They were forming billions years ago in the deep of the Earth at the heat of 900-1300C.
8-Ancient Hindus used diamonds in the eyes of devotional statues, and believed that a diamond could protect its wearer from danger. You can still wear it as a charm especially if you were born in April.
9-80% of the world’s diamonds are not suitable for jewelry. When foud they are used for industrial purposes or discarded.
10-The top three diamonds mines in the world are: Botswana (24 million carats), Russia (17.8 million carats) and Canada (10.9 million carats). The main purchaser of quality diamonds is the U.S. (40%).