Things you didn’t know about a diamond

Diamonds are universal symbols of love, romance and commitment, valued the world over for their elegance and luxury.

While the beauty of a dazzling white diamond has long been immortalised in popular culture—think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Marilyn Monroe crooning ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes—they’re not just sought after because of their sparkle. There are also a number of interesting facts behind their brilliance.

Here is a collection of our personal favourite facts about diamonds:

  • The only thing that can polish a diamond is diamond powder
  • Diamonds can explode if they go past their boiling point, which is 4830 degrees Celsius.
  • Diamonds are one of the hardest natural substances and can only be scratched by another diamond (remember not to leave loose diamond rings in your purse for this reason!)
  • Diamond is carbon, so the flame of a candle contains millions of tiny diamonds—sadly naked to the natural eye.
  • A rough diamond looks like a little pebble or rock, it is so unnoticeable you have probably walked right on by one before and not even realised
  • To produce one single diamond of one carat, 250 tonnes of earth has to be mined.
  • The world diamond came from the Greek word “Adamas”, which means “unconquerable and indestructible”
  • The green diamond is made that colour due to the radiation in the earth
  • Historically, diamonds were worn by kings to protect themselves from harm’s way during a battle
  • Most diamonds found in nature were formed 1–3 billion years ago
  • The largest diamond ever found comes in at a whopping 3.106 carats
  • Red and blue diamonds are the rarest in the world

Intrigued? That list just scratches the surface of the beauty and mystery beheld by these precious stones. If you would like to find out more, contact our master jeweller Jim Chohaili who has spent the past 30 years working with these fascinating gems.