How much do you know about diamonds? No matter how many facts about diamonds you know, there's always something hidden you may not. Many jewelry owners love to know information on diamonds and the other gemstones they wear. Let's dive in and see how many you know!
- What's the oldest thing you've ever held? Chances are good that it's a diamond. A diamond may have formed as long ago as 3 million years.
- Diamonds are a lot like fingerprints or snowflakes. No two are identical. Each diamond is completely unique from the next. This is a big part of what gives them their value.
- How did diamonds come to symbolize love? It wasn't just an advertising push by the diamond industry. As long ago as Greek and Roman times, people believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Cupid would often be depicted shooting diamond tipped arrows at those he wished to fall in love.
- Natural colored diamonds are incredibly rare. Your chance of finding a diamond that possesses a natural color is just 1 in 10,000. This is why these are some of the most desirable diamonds there are. Colors can include blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink, purple, brown, gray, and even black.
- What is the rarest color diamond? That would be red. There's no such thing as a purely red diamond. The ones that are known about are slightly purple or brownish. The captivating red color is formed by a stress in its internal structure. Don't worry – it's at the atomic level, which means that deformation is invisible to the naked eye. It does cause light to bend in particular ways as it passes through the diamond, refracting and reflecting red.
- Blue is the second rarest color, and covers an exquisite range of hues and tones from deep, inky sea-like blues to pale, glittering blues that evoke a clear, sunny sky. The reason for this color is very different. It means that the diamond has impurities from other chemicals that were captured as it formed. Specifically, boron and nitrogen contribute to the brilliant color of a blue diamond.
- Diamond mining might cease in your lifetime. The last major discovery of diamonds was made 20 years ago. Many major mining locations will be stopping production within the next few years, and it's unlikely that major diamond mining will be taking place in the last half of the century.
- It's a good thing we know about this ahead of time. Diamond industry jobs support more than 10 million people worldwide. Many of these jobs will remain – diamonds won't just cease to exist when the last one is mined. Some will disappear as the mines go dry, but local governments have become very involved in diamond mining and this can help that job shift.
- Diamond mining companies have become more involved in environmental responsibility. The portion of recycled water used in mining processes is greater than ever before. Companies working hand in hand with governments also allows environmental input from local specialists. This allows the environment to be better protected than it has been in the past.
- Millennials love diamonds. Despite being one-quarter of the population, Millennials account for 59% of diamond jewelry demand according to De Beers Insight Reports. Millennials may be getting blamed for killing off malls, chain restaurants, and handshakes, but one thing they aren't killing off is the diamond industry.
- One reason for this may be better processes for determining where a diamond came from. Transparency through the Kimberley Process, and soon through blockchain techniques, can guarantee a diamond is conflict-free.
- This improved layer of transparency allows (and requires) more responsible mining. This has contributed to jobs around the globe, that have helped to build communities, improve quality of life, and even provide healthcare opportunities to areas that lacked them.
- Diamonds are tested to ensure that they came from the earth. With synthetic diamonds on the market today, it's important to be able to separate the two from each other. When diamonds are supplied to jewelry stores, they've been tested through various processes to ensure transparency as to whether they came from the earth or whether they were made in a lab.
- Despite being physically similar, this difference matters a great deal to customers! Customers who know the difference are much more likely to select natural diamonds than synthetic ones. This makes sense – diamonds hold a tremendous emotional value.
Saying you love someone by giving them a diamond that formed in the earth over a billion years is different to telling them you love them by giving them a diamond that was created in a lab over a few weeks. Customers have maintained two different price points for diamonds – a higher value for stones that come from the earth and a lower one for laboratory-created diamonds.