The diamond has been one of the most coveted gemstones for centuries. Its breathtaking brilliance is compared to that of the stars in the night sky. The glory of diamond is in its history, mythological significance and unique physical properties. Check out what makes diamonds so fascinating and irresistible:
1. Etymologically, the term ‘diamond’ is derived from the Greek word ádamas that literally means the unbreakable or the invincible.
2. Diamond has earned the reputation of being the hardest naturally found mineral substance on earth as it measures at a hardness of 10 on Mohs scale. Only a diamond can scratch another diamond.
4. About 80% of the world’s diamonds are not fit for ornamental purposes. A lot of these lesser diamonds are used in industrial applications for its incomparable hardness.
5. The value and beauty of the diamond is determined by the 4 Cs – the cut, carat, color and clarity.
6. Diamonds are known to humans since the 4th century B.C. They were first discovered in India.
7. One of the most famous diamonds in the world is the Hope Diamond, which features a rare blue color and a striking brilliance. It originated in India and is said to be cursed. Another well known diamond was the Cullinan diamond that weighed at a whopping 3106.75 carats, found in South Africa. The Koh-i-noor was unearthed in India. Legends say that it used to be a royal treasure in 3000 B.C.
8. Diamonds come in all shades of the rainbow. When held under a ray of light, a diamond is capable of displaying a spectrum of colors.
9. According to folklore and ancient myth, diamonds were believed to protect their wearer from evil and defeat. They were meant to impart strength and courage to kings and warriors. Diamonds are also known for their healing properties. A diamond works remarkably on the mind and the body, relieves anxiety, fear and is great for concentration and meditation as it is a great conductor of energies.
10. Since diamonds are also gemstones of truth, love and mental clarity, they are popularly used on engagement and wedding rings to strengthen a bond and solemnize a relationship.
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