Here are 15 fun and unusual facts about diamonds that we gathered for you- our diamond enthusiasts!

  1. Some diamonds can be billions of years old!
  2. The largest cut diamond is the Great Star of Africa – 530 carats– now mounted in the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross in the United Kingdom.
  3. Diamond’s crystalline structure is created by carbon atoms that bond far under the Earth’s surface under immense heat and pressure.
  4. Diamonds are so hard that the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. In fact diamond is 58 times harder than any other natural substance!
  5. Although diamonds are mined all over the Earth, the majority of them are mined in Africa.
  6. The 45.52 carat Hope Diamond appears blue because of boron in its crystal structure and is famous for supposedly being cursed.
  7. Antwerp, Belgium is the center of diamond industry.
  8. The average yield in most diamond mines is 1 part diamond to 1 million parts host rock.
  9. Less than 2% of diamonds mined are considered gem-quality and can be used in jewelry.
  10. The custom of wearing out engagement rings on the fourth finger of our left hand is believed to have stemmed from the ancient Egyptian belief that the vena amoris (the vein of love) runs directly from the heart to the top of the ring finger.
  11. The Antwerp Diamond Heist, often referred to as “The Diamond Heist of the Century”, occurred in 2003. The group of thieves made it past 10 layers of security to pull off this storied crime including: infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations. They made it out with loose diamonds, gold, and other jewelry worth a total of 100 million dollars. So how did the mastermind behind this heist ultimately get caught? From a sandwich. The mastermind, Notarbartolo, was connected to the crime with DNA evidence found on a partially eaten sandwich found near the crime scene.
  12. On average a diamond will lose about 50% of its original weight when it is cut and polished.
  13. Diamonds in fact don’t last forever, but “only” several million years before they disintegrate!