Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 at 3:53 pm by Jeremy
Besides being undeniably flashy, sparkly, and beautiful, diamonds are unique in so many other ways! Here are 10 interesting facts about diamonds that you probably don’t know.
- Before there was life, there were diamonds. Diamonds were formed between 1-3 billion years ago and as deep as 100 miles below the earth's surface. Diamonds are the oldest thing most of us will ever own or hold.
- Natural colored diamonds are the rarest. There is a 1 in 10,000 chance that a diamond will possess a natural color; whether that color is pink, yellow, blue, brown, gray or any shade in between.
- Globally, more than 10 million people are supported by the diamond industry.
- Diamonds create employment opportunities for mine workers and help them to not only make a good salary, but also obtain healthcare. This creates a better home enviorment and provides education for their children.
- The world's leading mining companies take major steps to help maintain and protect the enviorments and wildlife that surround their mines. Mining companies plan mine closures years in advance to make sure that the land and community benefit long after the mine closes.
- Diamonds are uniquely beautiful, like snowflakes. No two diamonds are alike.
- Diamonds are rare and getting rarer. The last significant discovery of diamonds was almost 20 years ago. Approximately 50 locations around the world were found to contain diamonds viable for commercial mining. In 1 ton of rock, called kimberlite, you would be lucky to find 1 carat of diamond.
- The Greeks and Romans believed diamonds were the tears of the gods and remnants of fallen stars. Romans also placed diamonds at the tip of Cupid's Arrow, which is one of the earliest associations to love.
- More than 99% of diamonds are now from conflict-free sources and are tracked under the UN mandated Kimberley Process (since its inception in 2000).
- Becuase of their age and origin, diamonds are scientists' closest source to the center of the earth and provide clues to what the earth was like 2 billion years ago.