If dog is man’s best friend, a girl’s best friend is….Diamonds? Well that depends on who you ask. Even if you don’t care for sparkly finger baubles, diamonds still have many other industrial uses, and are quite interesting aside from their decorative use. And if you do like the sparkly bobs, there’s a lot more to know about the iconic gemstone than carat weight. What is there to know? Check out these 25 Stunning Diamond Facts You’ll Want To Know.
Carats refer to how much a gemstone weighs, not it's actual size. The "4C" of diamond buying are Carat, Color, Cut, and Clarity, referring to the weight, the color, how well or what shape it's cut in, and how flawed it is internally.
Diamonds actually come in a wide array of colors, from blues - like the Hope Diamond - and pinks to yellows and browns. It USED to be, once upon a time, that brown and yellow diamonds were considered less valuable than the more well known white diamonds, but clever advertisers have sold us on "Chocolate" and "Canary" diamonds, and so we now all have the privilege of paying more for them because they've created a demand.
The first Diamond mines were in India nearly 3,000 years ago.
Please know where your diamonds come from! Conflict Diamonds - also known as Blood Diamonds - usually come from Africa and are defined by the United Nations as "...diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council." And yes, they're sometimes mined by slaves. While thankfully, conflict free diamonds are becoming more and more popular, please, check your sources.
Diamonds are made out of carbon, about 100 miles under the surface of the earth. Well, carbon, and pressure, and heat. Most diamonds have been pushed towards the earth's surface by volcanic eruptions at some point. The other way to make diamonds is in a laboratory. And yes, lab created diamonds sparkle just as much.
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