10 Facts you probably didn’t know about Diamonds

The first diamonds were found over 3000 years ago in India and since then the interest for them has yet to cease. The high commodity item has been the number one choice in engagement rings for centuries and has developed unique history over time.

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  1. Currently, the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas is the only public diamond mine in the world. In 1924, the largest diamond ever found in the United States was recorded at this mine, weighing 40.23 carats. The company that eventually cut the diamond down described the diamond to be so hard that it could only be cut using the powder of other Arkansas diamonds.
  2. When the world’s largest diamond was discovered in South Africa, and was shipped to England on a steamboat under heavy security. But it was a diversion, and the real stone was sent in a plain box via post. It was big enough to create 2,633 average-sized engagement rings when it was dug up in 1905.
  3. The most expensive diamond to date is the Cullinan Diamond ($400 Million US).
  4. The Cullinan Diamond is 3106 carats, or 1.33 pounds.
  5. 130,000,000 carats of diamonds are mined annually, valued at $13 Billion (US).
  6. Black diamonds do not shine in the traditional sense. Black diamonds absorb light instead of reflecting it, meaning their beauty comes from their surface which is polished like marble.
  7. Global diamond retail sales: $72 billion (US).
  8. The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars that has fallen to the earth.
  9. Only one diamond in a million weighs one carat or more.
  10. The largest known diamond deposit is at Popigai Crater in Russia where an asteroid impact provided enough heat and energy to convert carbon surface materials into diamond.

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