10 Fun n' Nerdy Facts about Diamonds

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  1. The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars.
  2. Diamonds form about 100 miles below ground and have been carried to the earth’s surface by deep volcanic eruptions.
  3. Diamonds are made of a single element — carbon.
  4. Diamonds are the very hardest natural substance. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
  5. The first known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1477, when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds.
  6. Ancient Hindus used diamonds in the eyes of devotional statues and believed that a diamond could protect its wearer from danger.
  7. During the Middle Ages diamonds were thought to have healing properties able to cure ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illness.
  8. A planet was discovered in 2004 and scientists believe that roughly a third of the planet's mass is carbon, much of which may be in the form of diamond as a result of the temperatures and pressures in the planet's interior!  The planet orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way, and is named “55 Cancri e”. Perhaps even more amazing, scientists have discovered a star that is essentially a diamond of ten billion trillion trillion carats. They named the star Lucy after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
  9. Diamonds were used to engrave gemstones in India by 300 BCE.
  10. Diamonds can be burned. It must be heated to between 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit in order to burn it. House fires and jewelers’ torches can sometimes reach that temperature!



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