Skip Nav
Gifts For Women
103 Gifts Your Best Friend Will Obsess Over in 2018
How to Get a Guy Based on His Zodiac Sign
How to Get the Guy You Want Using Astrology
Valentine's Day
These 11 Lingerie Sets Look Fancy . . . but They're All on Amazon and Under $13
Gifts For Women
12 Valentine's Day Gifts That Will Win You Points For Creativity
Nothing Can Top the Look on This Groom's Face When He First Sees His Christmas Bride

Facts About Diamonds

11 Things You Never Knew About Diamonds

Most of us know that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but there's more to the sparkly rocks than you probably know. In fact, diamond engagement rings weren't even a popular tradition in the West until the 20th century. Ever heard "a diamond is forever"? Well, the iconic ad was actually created by Frances Gerety at the N.W. Ayer & Son Agency for De Beers Mining Company, leading to an industry breakthrough by the 1940s.

Of course, diamonds have origins that date way further back than when we started to wear them on our fingers. The Diamond Producers Association shared with us more unknown facts that took us by surprise. See 11 of the most interesting below.

  1. The first diamonds were discovered in India and Brazil.
  2. Diamonds were believed to be "precious tears cried by the gods" or "splinters from falling stars" by the Ancient Romans and Greeks.
  3. Diamonds are a natural product of the earth that were formed billions of years ago under intense heat and pressure.
  4. Diamonds got their name from the Greek word "adamas," which means invincible or indestructible. It's very fitting since diamonds have a high melting point, low reactivity to chemicals, and are the world's hardest naturally occurring substance.
  5. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
  6. A diamond's purity comes from the fact that it's formed from 100 percent carbon, whereas other gemstones have more complicated chemical compositions.
  7. They were brought to the earth's surface hundreds of million years ago through volcanic eruptions.
  8. Diamonds are finite and getting rarer — the last significant discovery was made nearly 20 years ago.
  9. Every child in Botswana receives free education up to age 13 due in great part to diamond revenues.
  10. At diamond mining sites, wildlife have the right of way.
  11. The Cullinan Diamond from South Africa is the biggest diamond ever found. It weighed 1.22 pounds (3,106 carats).
Image Source: Unsplash / Anne Edgar
From Our Partners
Quirky Christmas Wedding
Dogs in Weddings
Engaged Celebrity Couples 2019
Cute Flower Girl Pictures
Moulin Rouge Inspired Bachelorette Party
Unicorn Wedding Shoot
Best Wedding Favors From Amazon
Best Dance Songs For Weddings 2019
Best First Dance Songs 2019
Great Gatsby-Themed Wedding
Ethen Godfrey Roberts Wedding
Engagement Announcement Photo Ideas
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds