Associated with love, luxury and everything in between, diamonds are by far the most widely worn stones in the world. The hardest substance known to man has been the subject of centuries long debates (ahem, Kohinoor), has a host of folklore attached to it (along with hefty price tags) and also one of the most coveted things on the planet. We won’t bore you by giving you a wiki-breakdown on the chemical composition and properties of diamonds, but here are some little known facts about the April Birthstone.
- It is said that cupid’s arrow was studded with diamonds. This is also the oldest known reference to the connection between love and diamonds.
- Way back when, people were convinced that diamonds cured one of many ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illnesses.
- The largest diamond ever discovered was called the Cullinan diamond, and weighed in at an amazing 3106 carats, or 1.33 pounds. Discovered in 1905 in South Africa, the mine’s owner and the South African leaders gave the diamond to King Edward. The Cullinan was eventually cut into nine large diamonds and 100 smaller ones, and the three largest of these are on display in the Tower of London as part of the crown jewels.
- Lab created diamonds display the same chemical structure and physical properties as diamonds mined from the earth. Even professional gemologists can’t tell the difference between lab created and mined diamonds without extensive testing using specialised equipment.
- Scientists have discovered a planet that they believe is composed mostly of carbon, and is one-third pure diamond! Discovered in 2004, the planet orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way, and is named “55 Cancri e” (which, in our opinion, is not a sufficiently glamorous name for such an extraordinary planet). 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.”
- The tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand is taken from the early Egyptian belief that the vein of love (vena amoris) runs directly from the heart to the top of that finger.
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