10 Diamond Fun Facts

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Diamonds are universally sought after and known for their brilliance, unique characteristics and value. Since April's birthstone is the incredible diamond, we thought we'd share 10 of our favorite diamond fun facts!

1. Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on Earth. Holy moly!

2. Diamonds are billions of years old! {That's billions with a B. Buh-buh-billions.}

Photo of rough diamonds. {Image from GIA.edu}

Photo of rough diamonds. {Image from GIA.edu}


3. They were formed 90-120 miles below the Earth's surface under tremendous pressure and temperatures between 1,652 and 2,372 degrees Fahrenheit. {photo of rough diamonds above}

4. When we think of diamonds we think of clear, colorless gemstones but diamonds come in every color of the rainbow. The most rare colored diamonds are blue, green, orange and red. Yellow and brown are the most common.

5. The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. *Not to be confused with carrots {bunny} or karats {gold}.

6. Only 30% of the diamonds that are mined are gem quality diamonds.

A photo of Uncle Sam. {Image via GIA.edu}

A photo of Uncle Sam. {Image via GIA.edu}

7. The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States {back in 1924} is called Uncle Sam and weighs in at 40.23 carats. Wow! {photo above}

8. We think the first use of a diamond in an engagement ring was back in 1477. Archduke Maxmillian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a gold ring that had diamonds in the shape of an M.

9. Diamonds are made of only one element - Carbon.

10. The largest diamond we have discovered to date is out of this world! No, really. It's literally out of this world - in outer space. "Lucy in the Sky" is a star 50 trillion light years away from Earth and is a 10 billion-trillion-trillion carat diamond.